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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.


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.


The Supplies Behind the Art: A Look Inside the Art Bin

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

The Art Bin is an essential part of Ryman Arts. Brimming with high-quality art supplies, the Art Bin provides our students with all the tools they need to create stunning works of art. Let’s take a look at the supplies behind the art!

Every student receives an Art Bin at the beginning of their Ryman Arts journey. These Art Bins are full of pencils, charcoal, colored pencils, paint brushes, watercolor and acrylic paint, and more!


Fall 2020: A look into our first virtual semester!

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

Ryman Arts went fully virtual for the Fall 2020 semester! From socially distanced art supply distribution to our first Instagram Live student art exhibition reception, the fall semester was an exciting period full of firsts for us! Looking back, here are some of our favorite program highlights.


Ryman Arts Studio Shop Holiday Gift Guide

Need some help shopping for your friends and family this holiday season?

Here’s our curated selection of gift ideas to help you find something for everyone on your list! Your purchase supports our mission of providing high-quality studio art classes and college & career guidance to underserved, young artists across Southern California.
Click HERE to shop now!


Bob Weis: Champion of Young Artists

We are pleased to celebrate that Ryman Arts longtime supporter and friend, Bob Weis, has been honored with the Buzz Price Thea Award for a Lifetime of Outstanding Achievements at the 27th Annual Thea Awards!


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!



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