Ryman Draws Art Students to College

In June 2013, five students from Culver City, and more than 100 local students who completed the Ryman Arts program will be graduating high school and going on to local and national colleges. The nonprofit Ryman Arts program, provides high school students with a free arts program that teaches them foundational artistic skills, while also equipping them with the tools and resources necessary to plan for a career in the arts. 96 percent of Ryman Arts’ students graduating high school this year are now college bound. In addition to rigorous drawing and painting classes taught by professional artists, students explore career paths, share their work in the local community, and are inspired to build the skills, discipline and confidence for college and beyond.

The five Culver City students and their College plans:

· Simone Miller – California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

· Michelle Bac – California State University, Northridge

· Mikey Barreto – Loyola Marymount University

· Ariana Figueroa – University of California, Irvine

· Maddy Leist – University of Southern California

Ryman Arts is focused on providing education to the most talented students in Southern California, regardless of their economic situation, and is offered tuition-free. With a limited number of spots available, admission is competitive and is based solely on merit.

About Ryman Arts:

Since its inception in 1990, Ryman Arts has engaged over 4,500 Southern California teens in its core 18-month studio program. This vibrant community of culturally diverse teens comes from over 130 neighborhoods across the region.

Ryman Arts also spearheads the public drawing initiative, The Big Draw LA, to engage the community in participatory drawing activities every October. In its two decades, Ryman Arts has evolved into a national model for transforming the lives and futures of young artists. A non-profit organization, Ryman Arts is funded by individuals, foundations, corporate supporters, and government agencies including the National Endowment for the Arts. More information is available at www.rymanarts.org or 213-629-2787.

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