Honoring Marty Sklar (1934-2017)

By Diane Brigham, Executive Director

We at Ryman Arts are mourning the passing of our co-founder, mentor, and visionary who inspired a generation of young artists at Ryman Arts and beyond. Marty, along with his wife Leah, friends Anne and “Buzz” Price, Walt Disney’s daughter Sharon Disney Lund, and Herb Ryman’s sister Lucille Ryman-Carroll founded Ryman Arts 27 years ago. Marty was our guiding force since the beginning and served as President for many years.

Known by so many as a Disney Legend, we at Ryman Arts experienced another side of this amazing man:  his commitment to educating young people and his fierce insistence that all students, especially the most vulnerable, deserve the highest quality education. In any discussion at Board meetings, he always put students first and understood the power of art to change lives. He was an inspirational mentor for me, and many others.

My colleagues and I at Ryman Arts are so grateful for the many kind remembrances we have already received.  His legacy will continue to inspire us long into the future.