I came across this program at the Downtown Bookfest. The Ryman Arts program offers high school students who are serious about a future in art to take college level classes and explore possible careers in art. Students take 3 semesters of college level art drawing and painting courses on the weekend, are mentored by Ryman alumni & Disney artists, and build their professional portfolio.
I met Francisco, a Montebello High School graduate, class of 2008. He is a Ryman Arts alumni who will graduate with a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from CSULB. In the fall he is continuing his studies on full scholarship in China. He says the program is a strong stepping stone for any student interested in art.
The entire program is offered free of charge. Interested high school students can find more information about the program and apply at: