Preparing the Next Generation of Creatives – Spring 2022 Career Preparation Series

By Marilyn Nguyen (Ryman ’11), Development Coordinator

At Ryman Arts, one of the ways we nurture the next generation of creatives is through our career programming. This Spring, we hosted the virtual Career Preparation Series for Ryman Arts students, alumni, and their families to discover the various creative career options available.


My 20th Anniversary: A Look Back; A Look Forward (Part 1)

By Diane Brigham, Executive Director

It is hard to believe that it has been twenty years since I arrived to lead what I saw then as “a gem of a program,” taking the reins from a generous and kind predecessor, Marshall Ayers. After an exciting chapter working on the building of the Getty Center and leading education at the Getty Museum, I was ready for a different kind of challenge. I was eager to make a more direct difference in the lives of creative young people.


Engaged Students this Spring

By Marilyn Nguyen (Ryman ’11), Development Coordinator

Ryman Arts is back for an in-person semester after moving temporarily to virtual classes for the 2020-2021 school year. Amidst the current social and health challenges of the pandemic, our dedicated students remain eager to learn and create art.

This semester, we are proud to welcome 262 new and returning students from 137 zip codes across Southern California to our studio classes at Otis College of Art & Design and Cal State Fullerton!


Reflections on Foundersland

Intro by Diane Brigham, Executive Director, original piece by Marty Sklar

Marty decided to call it “Foundersland.” As one of the founders of Ryman Arts, Marty Sklar was the master of storytelling about how Ryman Arts began, the importance of our mission to educate young artists, and the artist who inspired it. We talked about him writing an occasional essay about that legacy for our friends and students, and he came up with a series title to embody the spirit of  the early founders and their stories over the years.


14 Years of Connection – My Ryman Arts Story

By Dennis Ritchey, supporter of the 30th Anniversary Circle of 30

For the past 14 years, I have been a supporter of Ryman Arts. It all began back in 2007 when Kendra Reed, the then President of the National Fantasy Fan Club (NFFC), today known as the Disneyana Fan Club, asked me to co-chair a breakfast fundraiser in benefit of Ryman Arts. While I was well aware of Herb Ryman, had met him and heard him speak on one occasion, I was initially not aware of this organization that had been founded in his honor.


The Five Best Reasons to Donate to Ryman Arts Before the End of the Year

By Robin Kalota, former Board member and supporter of the 30th Anniversary Circle of 30


Ryman Arts is Back In person!

By Marilyn Nguyen (Ryman ’11), Development Coordinator

Our Fall 2021 semester has just begun, and students are already enthusiastically working away!

We are excited to provide in-person classes once again during Fall 2021! This semester, we welcomed 106 new students and 107 returning students for our fall classes, which are being held at the studios of Otis College of Art and Design and Cal State Fullerton.


Resources and Ways to Support the AAPI Community

Here are some organizations with resources to support our AAPI students, families, and community.

We will continue to update this list.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice
works to advance civil and human rights for Asian Americans and to build and promote a fair and equitable society for all.



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