Ryman Arts Community Celebrates the Class of 2020 Virtually

By: Marilyn Nguyen (Ryman ’11), Development Coordinator

Every year, Ryman Arts celebrates the success of our students through a culminating graduation ceremony and student artwork exhibition. Because we were unable to gather in person this year, we took our graduation ceremony online. The Ryman Arts 2020 graduation ceremony was held on YouTube Live on July 30. We had over 150 households join in the virtual gathering to celebrate the class of 2020!


Celebrating Our Students’ Accomplishments of 2019-2020

By Marilyn Nguyen (Ryman ’11), Development Coordinator 

So much has changed since March, when the pandemic started to impact us directly, causing us to end our spring semester classes a few weeks early. Although the fall and spring semesters feel like a lifetime ago, as we get ready for our 2020 virtual graduation and student exhibition on July 30, we wanted to reflect on the accomplishments of our students.


To our community

Dear Friends,


Resources: Anti-Racism, Social Justice, Mental Health

Here are some organizations with resources to support our community, and especially our youth as we fight against systemic injustice in this country.

We will continue to update this list.


Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes.


Mask Pattern Created by Ryman Arts Board Member

Make your own mask using Monica Leigh Rodriquez’s Pattern

By Marilyn Nguyen (Ryman ’11), Development Coordinator

During these challenging times, many from the fashion industries are shifting gears to help provide aid and support to communities in need. Ryman Arts Board Member Monica Leigh Rodriquez, Creative Director and Founder of Monica Leigh Atelier, saw a need for surgical grade and home-use masks, so she designed a high-quality mask pattern that can be produced in large quantity for the public.



To foster community through art even as we stay home, we are doing a fun challenge that is open for all to participate. Share your drawings for a chance to be our artist of the week and win a prize!

Follow us on Instagram @rymanarts and sign up for our emails here for another way to stay updated on the Challenge and other Ryman Arts news. 

July 2020

Submit your drawing by July 19!


Creative, Educational, and General Resources in Response to COVID-19

In support of our Ryman Arts community, we have compiled a list of resources that provide creative, educational, financial, and general support during this time of need. We will continue to update this list as we find more resources to share with you.

Artists and Arts Organization


Art21 provides unparalleled access to the artist’s voice to diverse audiences around the world, using the power of digital media to introduce millions of people to contemporary art and artists. 


A Message to Our Friends: COVID-19

Dear Ryman Arts Friends,

We are all taking steps to deal with the impact of the COVID -19 virus. To that end, I am writing to let you know that Ryman Arts has cancelled the remainder of our classes for this spring semester. Our classes had their final sessions this past weekend at both our California State University Fullerton (CSUF) and Otis College of Art & Design sites. With student health as our highest priority, the decision was based on public health directives from CSUF and Otis College.



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