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.