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Ryman Arts

 1933 S Broadway, 11th Floor, Suite 1138
 Los Angeles, CA 90007
[P] (213) 6292787
[F] (213) 6279914
[email protected]
Shannon Huang
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Organization DBA Ryman Arts
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 95-1051084 00000


Mission StatementMORE »

Since 1990, Ryman Arts has empowered young artists through high quality studio instruction, college and career guidance, and support services. Ryman Arts has cultivated the talent and promise of over 27,000 youth, who would otherwise not have access to advanced art education, through its core program and outreach efforts.

Mission Statement

Since 1990, Ryman Arts has empowered young artists through high quality studio instruction, college and career guidance, and support services. Ryman Arts has cultivated the talent and promise of over 27,000 youth, who would otherwise not have access to advanced art education, through its core program and outreach efforts.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2019
Projected Expenses $1,165,245.00
Projected Revenue $1,165,245.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Ryman Arts Core Program
  • Drawing More to Art
  • The Big Draw LA

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Mission Statement

Since 1990, Ryman Arts has empowered young artists through high quality studio instruction, college and career guidance, and support services. Ryman Arts has cultivated the talent and promise of over 27,000 youth, who would otherwise not have access to advanced art education, through its core program and outreach efforts.

Background Statement


Beginning with one class for 12 students in 1990, Ryman Arts has grown to 40 classes for over 500 students annually. Recognized for the superior quality of its program and its enduring commitment to serve youth with limited opportunities, Ryman Arts was named a SoCaL PBS Community Champion (2015) and a National Program of Excellence three times by the President’s Committee on the Arts & Humanities.

Ryman Arts offers free high quality intensive studio classes taught by master teaching artists, art supplies, college and career planning, field trips, support services, and community engagement opportunities—all at no cost to the student. This 1½-year-long program helps participants build transferable life skills, strengthen their self-discipline and self-confidence, and prepare for a positive, productive future. Classes are held on Sundays at the studios of Otis College of Art & Design in Los Angeles and on the campus of California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) in Orange County. Both campuses host Ryman Arts free of charge to the organization. Students complete this dynamic program ready to meet the challenges of college, work, and life in the 21st century.

Ryman Arts continues to promote community involvement for its students. In October 2018, Ryman Arts held its 9th The Big Draw LA, Southern California’s largest free drawing festival. In addition to events held by community organizations, Ryman Arts hosted its annual “Make Your Mark in the Park” event at Grand Park (downtown Los Angeles), a day of community art making with drawing activities led by Ryman Arts students.

Students come from 190+ zip codes – Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Ventura, San Bernardino, and San Diego counties – 80% are from low income communities and 57% attend Title-1 designated schools. Students come from public (more than 85%) as well as private and parochial schools, from the cities and the suburbs. Each year, Ryman Arts serves over 500 students enrolled in 9th-12th grade, ages ranging from 14-18 years.

Impact Statement

For three consecutive years, Ryman Arts was selected as a top 50 program in the Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards by the President's Committee for the third consecutive year. In 2018, the 9th year of The Big Draw LA was presented with 40+ community events in the month of October. Ryman Arts expanded in 2013 to a more southeastern site in Orange County at the campus of our new partner California State University, Fullerton and 2014 marked our full capacity at both of our sites.
Now in our 29th year, our longevity speaks to the viability of the program and its continued impact on students in Southern California. Since 2013, Ryman Arts has doubled its capacity. We now serve over 500 young artists each year in our intensive core program, launching them onwards to a successful life path.

Needs Statement

Ryman Arts is seeking:
1) Financial support to sustain core programs for 300 talented youth at Ryman Arts' Orange County location. Support for a semester scholarship is $2,000 for each student.

2) Energetic individuals committed to promoting quality art education to serve as Ryman Arts Board members.

3) Individuals to host a behind the scenes field trip for Ryman Arts students at your creative business or studio to introduce career options in design and related arts fields.
4) Job opportunities for a Ryman Arts alumnus as an intern at your creative business or studio to provide real world work experience to a college student or recent graduate. 

CEO Statement


Board Chair Statement


Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

You can support Ryman Arts by making a monetary donation online, over the phone, or by check. We also have opportunities to making in-kind donations of products or services.

Geographic Area Served

Central Orange County
West Orange County
South Orange County
North Orange County
Students come from four counties—primarily Los Angeles and Orange counties and a few as far away as Riverside, Ventura, San Bernardino, San Diego — representing more than 190 zip codes.

Organization Categories

  1. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Arts Education
  2. Education - Secondary & High Schools
  3. Youth Development - Youth Development NEC



Ryman Arts Core Program

Since 1990, Ryman Arts has reached thousands of Southern California teens and serves 600 high school students each year in its core 1½ -year-long program.

Classes are taught by professional artists and focus on fundamental skills of drawing and painting in a rigorous, supportive environment with expectations for students to achieve college-level skills. The three sequential courses—Foundation Drawing, Intermediate Drawing, and Advanced Art: Painting—are organized into 12-session semesters. Classes are 3½ hours long, meet on weekends, and require 5-7 hours of weekly homework. Students spend 175+ hours involved in program activities. All at no cost to the students, they receive professional quality art supplies, field trips, and public transportation reimbursement. Students can elect to take classes on Saturdays at California State University, Fullerton or on Sundays at Otis College of Art and Design.

Admission is based on merit with a 50% acceptance rate. The selection committee, comprised of faculty and staff, review each application with a keen eye for artistic potential. The student’s own drawings, essay, and a written recommendation by a teacher or community member factor foremost.

The sequential curriculum focuses on drawing from observation, color and composition, critical analysis, techniques of dry and wet media, exploration of artistic traditions, and extensive instruction in life drawing. Students receive feedback about their work in weekly group critiques. Each semester, students take at least one full-day field trip to draw from art works in major art museums. Students also have opportunities to participate in community engagement through The Big Draw LA and other events. The year culminates with a graduation ceremony and exhibition of all students’ work.

Budget  $810,882.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success 

Ryman Arts students will:

1. Complete 3 semesters of courses at Ryman Arts;

2. Will receive college and career guidance;
3. Will graduate from high school.
Program Long-Term Success 

Ryman Arts students will:

1. Achieve significant artistic skill development;

2. Gain a deeper sense of themselves as artists and as members of a broader community;

3. Demonstrate the knowledge and skills to pursue higher education;

4. Develop transferable life-skills.

Program Success Monitored By 

Program success is assessed by tracking numbers reached in outreach, student applications received, and students accepted. All students' progress, attendance, and retention are also tracked. Students complete exit surveys to provide more qualitative feedback. Faculty members are responsible for evaluation of students’ individual progress. Evaluation also includes analysis by an outside evaluator of surveys and demographic data, tracking of students’ post-Ryman pursuits, and periodic alumni surveys.

Examples of Program Success  Our retention rate hovers at 95%+, the same rate of Ryman Arts students matriculating to college. An overwhelming 90% of the student body reported that their overall experience was very good or excellent.

Drawing More to Art

Ryman Arts is committed to ensuring the continued enrollment of low-income students and closely supporting these students during the program and as they transition from high school. Drawing More To Art an initiative built upon outreach work that seeks to recruit and effectively serve low-income youth by partnering with Title 1-designated high schools. Ryman Arts will provide outreach, support, and resources to students in order for them to learn about, successfully apply to, enroll, and complete the Ryman Arts program.

Drawing More to Art increases our program’s accessibility and focuses on serving high-risk, low-income youth—an underserved population. Because of their increased obstacles and the reduced art programs in their schools, we are concerned that the number of inner city youth who successfully participate in Ryman Arts could decline dramatically in the coming years. Our objective is to intervene early in order to ensure their retention and success.
Budget  $244,297.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Visual Arts
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success  We will consider our program a success if 200 low-income youth from Title 1 schools are accepted and participate in our weekend classes, the overall diversity of our student body is maintained, and there are comparable rates of retention, skill development, and percentage of higher education pursuit among Title 1 and non-Title 1 students.
Program Long-Term Success 
Long-Term Success for the Drawing More to Art program will be indicated by the ability of our students to:
1. Develop transferable life-skills, including self-discipline, responsibility, tenacity and risk-taking;
2. Achieve significant artistic skill development, consistent with or beyond the “Advanced” level of the California Visual Art Standards for Creative Expression in drawing and painting;
3. Gain a deeper sense of themselves as artists, individuals, and members of a broader community;
4. Demonstrate the knowledge/skills and have a plan to pursue higher education; and,
5. Take concrete steps toward a future through which they can realize their personal dreams and career goals.

Program Success Monitored By 

We will evaluate our program’s effectiveness by collecting and tracking quantitative data on both our general student population and those from targeted Title 1 schools, and by using qualitative evaluation from Ryman Arts staff, faculty, and an outside evaluator. Each semester, all students evaluate the Ryman Arts program in a written survey, asking them to evaluate their own development so far and to reflect on the program overall. These evaluations are compiled and analyzed by an outside researcher. Additionally, we track our students’ attendance, and follow up with calls to home and school, thus ensuring that no student falls through the cracks and that all, regardless of income or background, succeed in the program. Ryman Arts’ impact is also assessed by tracking each student’s post-Ryman Arts education plans and through alumni surveys.

Examples of Program Success 

The Drawing More to Art outreach program is working. Enrollment numbers illustrate to us the impact and promise of our outreach efforts. This past school year, during the Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 semesters, we enrolled 215 Title 1 students—which was 44% of our student body. This is up from 39% in the previous year. The overall retention rate has been maintained at 95.5%.

2013 Data shows that 90% of our participating students rated their overall Ryman Arts experiences in were “very good” or “excellent”, and the majority of these same students say that the program has had a strong impact on their sense of self as an artist and personal growth. From our recent evaluator, “Students’ technical skills, ability to critique, and interest in pursuing a future in the arts all increased across the two semesters… There were no differences between Title I and non-Title I students this semester upon program entry and exit, indicating that the program impact was equal for both groups.”

The Big Draw LA

The Big Draw LA is a month-long audience participatory drawing initiative that spans the region and the globe, and has been presented by Ryman Arts in Los Angeles for the past four years. The Big Draw LA creates opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to discover that drawing can enhance how they see, think, and invent. Over 40 events were organized for The Big Draw LA in 2018 throughout Southern California. The Big Draw LA has experienced much success in attendance and active participation at a wide variety of diverse events held at both traditional and non-traditional venues.
Budget  $119,351.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Families
Program Short-Term Success 

1. Engagement of over 500 Ryman Arts students and alumni as facilitators in Big Draw LA events and preparatory workshops over 2 years.

2. Over 20 community groups, particularly non-arts focused groups, will have received program support to plan their own public drawing event, and will be inclined to use participatory art making experiences with their audiences or community again in the future.
Program Long-Term Success 

We expect:

1. Increased participation in direct drawing experiences by at least 27,000 non-professionals from the Los Angeles area over 2 years, an increase over the recent participation of approximately 10,000 people in The Big Draw LA in 2011.
2. Development of an application for mobile devices that entices people to draw and share their work with others, and be able to find local Big Draw LA events to attend.
3. Community arts engagement will be further integrated into the Ryman Arts curriculum for training young artists.
4. Awareness of the value of community arts engagement and active non-professional art making will increase among Ryman Arts stakeholders, LA –area community group leaders and artists.
Program Success Monitored By 

Using an outside evaluator, we will study participation patterns by the public and groups that organize the events and trends over the 5 years of programming (2010-2014):

• Tracking the number of people who participate in individual BDLA programs

• Tracking the number of users of the mobile application and web resources

• Tracking the number of community groups who register public BDLA programs, and analyzing if the type (size, art or non-art mission, previous experience in leading art activities, location) of organizations presenting BDLA changes from 2013-2014 as compared to the types of organizations who presented events in 2010 and 2011.

Along with others who organize public arts programs through the Irvine Exploring Engagement Fund, we would like to explore indicators of the longer term impact such programs may have on the individuals and civic life. We plan to assess qualitative factors through debriefing sessions with the advisory group, post –event facilitated discussions with event organizers, analysis of Ryman Arts student and alumni artist participation, and other indicators.

Examples of Program Success  Based on our experience, we now see that this initiative has deepened our involvement with the larger community and broadened our students' experience, thus strengthening our core program. The BDLA now involves all Ryman Arts students at the flagship event (Make Your Mark in the Park), and both students and alumni in BDLA at additional events as teaching assistants and volunteers through our Community Art Club.


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Diane Brigham
CEO Term Start 2002
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

Diane Brigham, Executive Director, oversees all aspects of Ryman Arts. She joined in 2002 after serving as Head of Education at the J. Paul Getty Museum. She has over thirty years of experience in art and museum education, and holds a BS and M.Ed in art education. In 2006, LA County Arts Commission selected her for the Executive Leadership Initiative and she completed the Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Program for Leaders in the Arts. She was an Annenberg Foundation Community Champion and served as a mentor for their Alchemy Leadership Seminar.

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliation Year
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External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 7
Number of Part Time Staff 20
Number of Volunteers 0
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % --
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 7
Caucasian: 10
Hispanic/Latino: 6
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): 3 Mixed
Gender Female: 19
Male: 8
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? --
Organization has Strategic Plan? No
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan --
Organization Policies And Procedures --
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy --
Whistle Blower Policy --
Document Destruction Policy --
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? --
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency -- --
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency -- --
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency -- --

Government Licenses


CEO Comments


Foundation Comments



Board Chair Phil Hettema
Board Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Chair Term -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Adrianna Arambula -- --
Greg Combs -- --
Robert Corbin -- --
Fri Forjindam -- --
Phil Hettema -- --
Garner Holt -- --
Wayne Hunt -- --
Robin J. Kalota -- --
Michelle A. Lund -- --
Edward J. Nowak -- --
Brynna Pietz -- --
David A. Price -- --
Seth Stuhl -- --

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 11
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 5
Male: 8
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths --
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
Written Board Selection Criteria --
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 75%
Board Orientation Yes

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Foundation Comments


Standing Committees



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $1,098,461 $967,439 $1,438,349
Total Expenses $1,157,401 $1,109,845 $1,095,813

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$583,093 $651,485 $1,029,584
Government Contributions $80,880 $69,385 $81,035
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $80,880 $69,385 $81,035
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- -- $0
Earned Revenue $35,899 $9 $0
Investment Income, Net of Losses $101,044 $55,806 $89,455
Membership Dues -- -- $0
Special Events $262,588 $135,159 $234,937
Revenue In-Kind $28,362 $52,046 $120,728
Other $6,595 $3,549 $-30,495

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $810,557 $819,967 $804,550
Administration Expense $207,329 $144,252 $161,621
Fundraising Expense $139,515 $145,626 $129,642
Payments to Affiliates -- -- $0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.95 0.87 1.31
Program Expense/Total Expenses 70% 74% 73%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 15% 17% 10%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $3,161,977 $3,000,949 $3,070,848
Current Assets $773,440 $1,068,260 $1,250,075
Long-Term Liabilities -- -- $0
Current Liabilities $64,945 $37,829 $33,589
Total Net Assets $3,097,032 $2,963,120 $3,037,259

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 11.91 28.24 37.22

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%
Endowment Value $2,470,380.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage(If selected) 5%
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

CEO Comments


Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per the Form 990s and consultation with the organization. Foundation/corporate and individual contributions are combined under Foundation and Corporation Contributions.


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