OUR MISSION • HISTORY • CAMPUS • COmmunity Outreach
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 for youth up to 18 years old, Dan realized that when his most talented and committed students aged out of the program, they lost access to 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 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 three sites: Our library, painting studio and printmaking studio.
Art Division Library - 2418 W. 6th St. LA CA. 90057
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. LA CA. 90057
Our painting and drawing 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 .
Printmaking Studio - 512 S. Rampart Blvd. LA CA. 90057
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 project using these methods. The space is generously donated by the LA Housing Partnership.