Art Division is a non-profit 501 (c)3 organization dedicated to training and supporting underserved youth who are committed to studying the visual arts. Art Division distinguishes itself by providing in-depth services to young adults aged 18-26 in the Rampart District of Los Angeles, an at-risk population within one of Los Angeles’ most densely populated and underserved communities. We believe that focused instruction, individualized tutoring and personal support gives students the tools they need to pursue higher education, achieve self-sufficiency and obtain careers in the arts and related fields. Art Division is also dedicated to community engagement and to building a thriving arts community in the Rampart District.
Art Division was founded in 2010 by Dan McCleary to serve young adults in the Rampart District. While working as the Director of Art Programs for Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA), an after-school program, Dan realized that when his most talented and committed students graduated from high school, they lost access to school and community-based arts programs. Art Division was founded to give these young artists the professional training and academic support they need to succeed and transition into four-year colleges and successful careers. We acquired our 501(c)3 non-profit status in January, 2011.
Art Division has a permanent base in its Art Library . Our extended campus consists of painting, drawing, and print-making studios, all located within walking distance of the library.
We depend on an enthusiastic staff and a significant contingent of dedicated volunteers to provide our programming. Art Division has gained the support of professional artists who have donated their time as guest lecturers and have opened their studios to our students.
Our campus consists of four sites: Our drawing and printmaking studios both located on Rampart Blvd., donated generously by LA Housing Partnership, and our library and paint studio located on 6th St., anonymously donated to Art Division in 2013.
Art Division Library - 2418 W. 6th St.
The library is home to more than 8,000 books and resources that have been carefully collected over nine years. The collection includes architecture, painting, art history, design, photography and allied disciplines. It is the heart of Art Division. Classes such as Creative Writing, Film Collective, Art History and College and Career coaching are held in the library, as well as lectures and screenings. It is open to our students Monday through Saturday giving them a safe place to study, research or get inspiration.
Painting Studio/ Gallery - 2430 W. 6th St.
Our painting classes are held in the studio. The space is available to our students Monday through Saturday to work on their personal artwork and projects. It is also used as an exhibition space. We host at least two major exhibitions annually and smaller ones throughout the year. Having our own gallery space gives our students the opportunity to show their work alongside established artists .
Drawing Studio - 623 S. Rampart Blvd.
Our current drawing studio is housed in the recreation room at the Tides building, and was Art Division’s original location when it was established in 2010. The Tides building is also home to senior citizens in our community, who are also given access to our drawing classes.
Printmaking Studio - 512 S. Rampart Blvd.
The printmaking studio is where students learn the fundamentals of printmaking ranging from rubber, linoleum and wood block to dry point etching. With guidance from the instructor, each student works on their own projects using these methods.
A graduate of Claremont Men’s College and UCLA, and a member of the California State Bar, Gregory Breen has 30 years experience in tax and finance, public accounting and has worked for private companies. He currently resides in Hermosa Beach with his wife and two sons where he was an elected member of the local school board and community volunteer.
Studied at the University of San Diego receiving a BA in International Relations and a MA from UCLA in Latin American Studies . Brown has Iived in Oaxaca, Mexico for ten years. While working in a Zapotec Indian village, he oversaw the production of hand woven carpets designed by international artists such as Richard Tuttle, Kiki Smith and Rosemarie Trockel. In 2001, Brown returned to Los Angeles and started Matthew Brown Landscape Design. He has coached Junior Lakers Basketball at the Hollywood YMCA for the past five years and is on the Board at The Oaks School in Hollywood. He is co-chairman of the Building and Grounds Committee.
Angela DuRoss spent ten years as a teacher for and on the design and executive boards of Young at Art, a volunteer art education program that reaches 6,000 South Bay School children each year. She participated on Heart of Los Angeles’ Art Advisory board and helped organize and build their art library.
Nancy Fawcett is a practicing psychotherapist who has also had a long career in teaching. She currently is an adjunct professor of psychology at Antioch University Los Angeles. She is also an avid art collector and an amateur photographer.
Paula Holt was formerly the Commissioner of Cultural Affairs for the City of Los Angeles, President of Tiffany Theaters and President of the South California Chapter International Women’s Forum Alliance. Currently, she is on the board of Councilor at the USC School of Theater where she is also an Adjunct Faculty member. She is currently an independent stage producer and on Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles Stage.
Melody Kanschat is an arts professional with broad experience in management, communications, fundraising and master plan development. She is currently Executive Director of the Getty Leadership Institute at Claremont Graduate University. She recently concluded a 22-year career with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) where she served in a variety of executive capacities. In her final six years at LACMA, she was the Museum’s President and Chief Operating Officer and was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the museum.
Glenn Kawahara attended and graduated from the University of Southern California in May 1974. He attended Southwestern School of Law from August 1974 until graduating in May 1977, passed the California Bar exam, and was sworn in as an attorney in December 1977.
Lucas Reiner is a painter who attended Otis Art Institute. He has served on the Board of Directors and National Advisory Council of Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, as well as the Artist Advisory Board of HOLA.
Ramone is a full Professor at Art Center College of Design and a regular panelist for the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Woodward majored in Art History at U.C Berkeley. While living in San Francisco, she worked as an art consultant for designers and architects as well as selling fabrics, furniture, and accessories for wholesale showrooms at the Icehouse and The Galleria. She is a board member of Queenscare Charitable Board, which provides medical intervention and health guidance for people with low income and little access to health aid. She is also a head shopper for NGA, a national women’s organization that donates clothing and other needed items for battered and homeless women, children and men.
The Marigold Associates
Art Division is grateful for the support of the following institutions and foundations: