Ryman Arts in the News

October 2015

Big Draw LA offers Art Opportunities in Altadena and Pasadena

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July 2015

Redondo Grad Benefits from Free Art Program

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NBC4: Ryman Arts Fetes Disneyland Memories

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November 2014

Modern Luxury: An Affair of the Art 2014

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September 2014

Front Page of Santa Monica Daily Press

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September 2014

InPark Magazine: Phil Hettema and Eddie Newquist, Newest Board Members of Ryman Arts

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August 2014

Ryman Arts Graduate, Kelly Juarez, Featured in OC Register!

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July 2014

Ryman Arts in LOCALE Magazine: Explore Creativity with the Ryman Arts Program

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September 2013

Executive Director, Diane Brigham, Interviewed by Maria Hall-Brown on PBS SoCaL's Real Orange!

August 2013

A Heist in Broad Daylight: Ryman Arts Benefit Event Featured in Eye on O.C. (Orange County Register)

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Eye On OC

July 2013

Disneyana Fan Club's 100th Birthday Celebration of Marc Davis - Over $11,500 Raised for Ryman Arts!


Disneyana Fan Club

June 2013

"A Real Steal for Young Artists"

Read the feature on our Ryman Arts program and the June 22nd 'Conspiracy to Steal' Auction benefitting Ryman Arts in the Laguna Beach Pilot!

Coastline Pilot

June 2013

"Picture the Future" - Ryman Arts 'Friendraiser' Event at the home of Artist Chris Gwaltney Featured in Riviera Magazine, Orange Coutny!


June 2013

Throughout the Month of June - Ryman Arts Profiled in the June 2013 "The Arts of Los Angeles" Edition of US Airways Magazine!

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May 2013

Ryman Arts Sets 108 Local Students on the Path to College

Southern California, (May 22, 2013) – In 2012, only 66.2 percent of U.S. high school graduates were enrolled in colleges or universities, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That percentage rises substantially when high school students have access to college-level training and support at no cost, according to Diane Brigham, Executive Director of nonprofit arts education program, Ryman Arts.

In June 2013, more than 100 local students from Orange County, Los Angeles and the Inland Empire who completed the Ryman Arts program in Southern California will be graduating high school and going on to local and national colleges, according to Brigham. “These are outstanding statistics, and they speak to the talent and intelligence of our students, as well as the strength of our rigorous arts program,” she says...

Read the full press release here.

April 2013

A four page feature on the Ryman Arts program in Locale Magazine:

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Locale Magazine

April 2013

Discover Ryman Arts Day: Featured in the OC Register's OC Varsity Arts section

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OC Varsity Arts

April 2013

Ryman Arts Co-Founder, Harrison "Buzz" Price (1921-2010), receives one of the highest Disney honors. Board Member, David Price, at the Buzz Price (Ryman Arts Co-Founder) Window Dedication at Disneyland on April 9, 2013:

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Read more about Buzz Price and his role in the creation of Disneyland in this letter from David Price on the dedication to his father and Ryman Arts Co-Founder, Buzz Price - click here.

Watch the interview with David Price below:

April 2013

Featured in the OC Register

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OC Register

March 2013

Featured in the CSUF News: Teens Get Advanced Art Instruction at CSUF


Featured in the OC SocialScene: Artists, Supporters Celebrate Ryman Arts Program Expansion to Cal State University, Fullerton


February 2013

Featured in the OC Register: Take a First Look at Our Classes in Action on CSUF Campus and watch the interview with Ryman Arts Co-Founder & Board President Marty Sklar

December 2012

Ryman Arts Expands Its Youth Education Program to Orange County in Collaboration with California State University, Fullerton

Ryman Arts has just added a second location, at California State University, Fullerton in Orange County. Starting in 2013, classes will be held on Saturdays at California State University, Fullerton and on Sundays at Otis College of Art & Design. Our program can now serve more students, and students will get the choice of days and locations! The spring semester will run from January - March at Cal State Fullerton, and February - April at Otis College.

Approximately 10 percent of our current students come from Orange County to our existing classes at the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. With this initiative, we double our capacity from 300 to 600 a year, and can serve young artists from a much wider geographic area, making the program more accessible to many more talented high school artists across Southern California.

Ryman Arts is very excited to partner with CSUF and increase access to our important program. Click here to read the full press release announcing the expansion and new partnership.

The Ryman Arts EXPANSION to CSUF featured in OC Weekly Blog!

"A Los Angeles-based arts education program for artistic high school students is joining with Cal State Fullerton to expand its offerings in Orange County." -Read the full article here.

The Ryman Arts EXPANSION to CSUF featured in OC Register!

"Artistic high school age children who are serious about a future in art can receive free courses at Cal State Fullerton through a partnership with Ryman Arts, an arts education program that fosters the development of talented young artists throughout Southern California." Read the full article here.

The Ryman Arts EXPANSION to CSUF featured in OC Family!

"The popular Los Angeles-based youth art education program will expand its reach in January. Good news for all the art lovers out there! Ryman Arts, a program dedicated to nurturing the talents of young artists, is collaborating with California State University, Fullerton. They will be expanding their Los Angeles-based program into Orange County...." -Read the full article here.

September 2012

September Issue of FunWorld


June 2012

Try "The Happy Herbie" at The Edison Downtown

HerbRymanThe amazing Edison bar in Downtown Los Angeles has added a refreshing new cocktail creation to their menu: "The Happy Herbie"! Named after Herbert D. Ryman, this rye based cocktail consists of Templeton Rye Whiskey, jasmine liquor, lemon juice, and baked apple bitters. A generous and gracious supporter, The Edison is bigheartedly donating a portion of the proceeds from the drink to Ryman Arts. Since launching the "Happy Herbie" the drink is already making the press - See the video from ABC's Eye On LA below and read the article from Examiner.com. Don't forget to share the good news with others and spread the word to try a "Happy Herbie" at The Edison!

They have also been recently featured in Bacon Today - read more here.

The Edison is located in the heart of The Higgins Building, on the corner of 2nd & Main off Harlem Place Alley, at 108 W. 2nd Street, #101, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Visit their website - www.edisondowntown.com/main.htm.

(Scroll through to 3:15 if you want to skip straight to The Edison and the "Happy Herbie")

May 24, 2011

Ryman Arts Classes Moving to Otis; Classes Now on Sundays

We are pleased to announce a dynamic new collaboration between Ryman Arts and Otis College of Art and Design. Beginning September 2011, Ryman Arts classes will move to the Otis campus in the Westchester neighborhood of Los Angeles, and classes will switch to Sundays. Our acclaimed program will continue, enhanced by its location on the campus of a major college of art and design.

We are thrilled to work with Otis and the terrific professionals there, led by President Sammy Hoi. This collaboration is especially exciting because it offers our students the opportunity to be inspired and learn in a creative environment devoted to art and design.

We extend our deep appreciation to the University of Southern California for hosting our classes for the past 17 years. It all began with an invitation from former Dean Ruth Weisberg who was impressed by an exhibition of our students’ artwork in 1994. Thank you to all our colleagues at USC!

Applications for Fall 2011 are being accepted now. Learn more about applying to Ryman Arts, and download an application HERE. Applications are due June 17, 2011.

Click here to read the full press release announcing this new collaboration.


October 19, 2010

Ryman Arts Featured in Los Angles Times and Pacific Citizen

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August 24, 2010

1st Big Draw LA Brings Art to Life this October - Ryman Arts Invites Angelenos to “Make Your Mark in the Park”

The inaugural The Big Draw LA event will be held during the month of October as a citywide celebration of drawing that creates opportunities for people of all ages to discover that drawing can enhance how they see, think and invent. The Big Draw LA, inspired by the highly popular United Kingdom program launched in 2000,will be the first event of its kind to take place on the West Coast. The Big Draw LA is presented by Ryman Arts—an arts education program that fosters the education of gifted young artists in Southern California.

“It’s more important than ever to make art accessible to people of all ages and walks of life,” says Diane Brigham, Executive Director of Ryman Arts. Citing the decline of arts education in schools, as well as funding cuts to local community arts organizations, she adds, “Drawing is an important tool in a variety of fields, and The Big Draw LA will get everyone—young people, professional artists, seniors, scientists and our teens—drawing together.”

As a result, The Big Draw LA will inspire Angelenos to expand the boundaries of drawing, experimenting not only with pencils, paint, charcoal and digital imagery, but also with sand, clay, choreographed movement, vapor trails—and anything else that makes a mark. For more information and to learn about drawing events throughout Los Angeles visit www.thebigdrawla.org.

Make Your Mark in the Park
Ryman Arts’ event for the month-long celebration will be the “Make Your Mark in the Park” activity. The event is being held on Sunday, October 17 at 1 p.m. in Exposition Park, in collaboration with Exposition Park, the museums in the park and the University of Southern California. Ryman Arts' students and teaching artists will help the public create a continuous drawing on paper that rolls out and winds its way around the park, through the Rose Garden, by the steps of the Natural History Museum and past the California African American Museum, around the dinosaur sculptures and past the soccer field. The continuous drawing project will be photographed and ultimately be showcased as a “scrolling panorama” online.

According to Brigham, participation in The Big Draw LA is open to organizations of all sizes and types—from established institutions to small groups—and all are invited to sponsor or organize an event during the month of October. Organizations to date who have signed up to organize their own free The Big Draw LA events include the Huntington Library, Garden and Art Collections; Skirball Cultural Center; and Fowler Museum at the University of California at Los Angeles. Organizations who are interested in participating in The Big Draw LA or sponsorship opportunities are invited to visit www.thebigdrawla.org for more Information.

BDLAAbout The Big Draw and The Campaign for Drawing

The Big Draw was started in the UK in 2000 by the Guild of St. George, a nonprofit organization founded by 19th century artist, critic and educator John Ruskin. Now led by the Campaign for Drawing in London, the aim is to raise awareness of drawing’s power as a tool for learning, observation, creativity, and social and cultural engagement. In 2009, more than 1,300 Big Draw events took place across the UK and internationally.

About Ryman Arts
Ryman Arts provides gifted teens the opportunity to reach their artistic potential through free high-level art education in a rigorous and nurturing studio environment. In addition to artistic training, Ryman Arts students build self-discipline and confidence, and receive college and career guidance that helps position them for success in their careers and lives. Ryman Arts currently teaches talented high school students from more than 200 schools in Southern California.

The program began in 1990 to honor the memory of legendary Disney artist and mentor Herbert D. Ryman. The core program includes sequential studio courses that emphasize advanced drawing and painting skills. Courses, taught by professional teaching artists, foster students’ artistic development and provide the knowledge they need to pursue higher education and careers in the arts.

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August 16, 2010

Harrison “Buzz” Price Dead at 89, Co-Founder of Ryman Arts

June 23, 2010

Ryman Arts and The Walt Disney Company Establish Sklar Legacy Fund - Read more in the LA Times!

June 22, 2010

Ryman Arts and The Walt Disney Company Establish Sklar Legacy Fund Honoring Disney Legend Marty Sklar
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June 17, 2010

Ryman Arts’ 2010 Graduates Showcase Artwork at the California African American Museum
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June 2010

Ryman Arts Board Chair and Disney Legend Marty Sklar shares his perspectives on Herb Ryman in Disney Files Magazine, Spring 2010. (click image for PDF 1.4 MB)


January 5 , 2010

This article highlights Tiffany Wang, a current student in Ryman Arts. It is published in the Chinese Daily News, the largest Chinese newspaper published in North America. Click the image below to go to the article.


November 2 , 2009

The Fine Art of Saving Jobs

Listen to a piece that aired November 2, 2009 on KPCC here!

Read the story on Los Angles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky's website!

Against the vast backdrop of the federal stimulus program, $420,084 may not seem like such a massive sum. But to Tiffany Gallindo, it’s huge. It means she can keep her job on the front lines of the Ryman Arts program, working to bring a free visual arts education and college guidance to gifted Los Angeles high school students, many of them low-income. It means that Samuel Jang gets to continue his work as production manager for the Southwest Chamber Music Society, including helping to put together ambitious upcoming tours to Mexico and Vietnam. And it means that Kenton J. Haleem of the Hollywood Entertainment Museum can bring back a position recently put on “hiatus”—a program manager in the organization’s media arts training program for at-risk kids.

All three organizations recently were singled out for grants of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds from the National Endowment for the Arts. The cash infusion comes thanks to the efforts of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, which together were able to preserve 21 positions in 16 arts organizations.

“The arts are a huge economic engine for our whole region,” says Laura Zucker, executive director of the County Arts Commission.

“This is an important employer,” Zucker says, noting that the 300-plus arts organizations that are funded by the county employ more than 21,000 people. And the importance of the organizations can be measured in more than just paychecks. At Ryman Arts, a small nonprofit using donated studio space on the USC campus, they’re feeling the economic pains of students and recent alumni first-hand. “Their calls and needs have been more urgent: Can we point them to more scholarship opportunities because they can’t take on more college loans? Can we arrange for them to stay after class to draw, because the electricity has been turned off at their apartment?” the organization said in its application for the grant. “Can we write another recommendation letter for a college application because they don’t have an art teacher at school?”

On the front lines is Gallindo, handling the phones, shepherding student applications, working to bring the aspiring artists and their work into the fold. “I actually went to an arts high school,” says Gallindo, a dancer who attended Los Angeles County High School for the Arts and had been working at an insurance company before joining Ryman. “It changed my life and it opened doors. To be a part of something that is providing that opportunity to kids today is very rewarding.”

The grant “just gives us a huge sigh of relief,” says Ryman’s executive director, Diane Brigham. “With the downturn, I had to lay off another position entirely… We’re [now] a four-person organization. And I’m really glad we’re not a three-person organization.”