OUR MISSION • HISTORY • CAMPUS • COmmunity Outreach
Art Division is a non-profit (501)(c)3 organization dedicated to training and supporting under-served youth who are committed to studying the visual arts. Art Division distinguishes itself by providing in-depth services to young adults aged 18-27.
We believe that focused instruction, individualized tutoring and personal support give 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. 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 campus consists of painting and print-making studios and a gallery.
We depend on an enthusiastic staff and faculty 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.