Opportunities


Fall Deadlines and Events (September – November)

National College Match Program / Questbridge
Deadline: September 26, 2014
Eligible: Low-income high school seniors
Can provide : Full four-year college scholarship
Required to be a US Citizen to apply? No, but visit their website for details.

The QuestBridge National College Match is designed for high school seniors who have shown outstanding academic ability despite facing economic challenges.

If you are a student who has achieved academic excellence in the face of economic challenges, we encourage you to apply to the National College Match. You may be concerned about tuition costs, but QuestBridge's partner colleges offer generous financial aid packages that cover 100% of demonstrated financial need, making them very affordable for low-income students.

The Big Draw
Date: throughout October, annually 

Location: events take place all over Southern California! 

Cost: Free
Who may attend: Open to everyone

The Big Draw LA creates opportunities for people of all ages to discover that drawing can help us SEE, THINK and INVENT. During October 2010, Ryman Arts spearheaded over 30 Big Draw LA events across Los Angeles!

Dia de los Muertos Altar Contest
Deadline: October 1, 2013
Eligible: All artists
Can provide : Cash Awards and artwork on display at MOLAA, gift bag, museum passes
Required to be a US Citizen to apply? No

MOLAA’s Altar Contest is a juried display coordinated by the Museum of Latin American Art’s Education Department. All qualifying entries (altars/ofrendas) are displayed to the public October 20 through November 2, 2013. Artists are required to be present for MOLAA’s Dia de los Muertos Festival on Sunday, October 27th, 2013 from 12-5 PM, where a panel of jurors will select winners.

Deadline to submit proposals: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 5 PM. Entries must be submitted via fax, e-mail or in person during regular museum business hours. There is NO FEE to participate.

National Portfolio Day
Date: Saturday, October 11, 2014
Location: California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), Valencia
Time: 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: Free
Who may attend: Open to everyone

National Portfolio Day is a chance for you to share your portfolio with representatives from colleges across the country.

NFAA youngARTS program
Deadline: October 17, 2014
Eligible: High School Seniors
Can provide : Cash Awards and youngARTS week in Miami, FL
Required to be a US Citizen to apply? Yes

The National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts sponsors youngARTS as their core program. It provides recognition and awards to young artists across the country. They encourage and recognize artistic excellence in nine art forms: dance, cinematic arts, jazz, music, photography, theater, visual arts, voice, and writing.

youngARTS finalists share a total benefit package including an all-expense-paid trip to Miami, Florida, in January for youngARTS Week and individual cash awards ranging from $250 to $10,000.

Simply by registering, your name is shared with many colleges and universities that offer scholarships to students involved in the arts. All youngARTS participants are eligible for college scholarships.

Los Angeles Performing and Visual Arts College Fair
Date: Saturday, October 25, 2014
Time: 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
Who may attend: Open to everyone

Location: University of California - Los Angeles
Ackerman Union, Grand Ballroom
308 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90024
310/206-0832

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Winter Deadlines and Events (December – February)

California Art Education Association Scholarships
Deadline: December 13, 2013
Eligible: High School seniors
Can provide : College scholarships, $500-$2500
Required to be a US Citizen to apply? No

The Duane Hagen and Juan Marques Memorial Scholarships for High School Seniors recognize outstanding senior high school art students. Details and instructions on how to apply can be found on their website. Questions can be addressed to CAEAscholarships@gmail.com.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards of 2014
Deadline: January 15, 2014
Eligible: Artists in grades 7 - 12
Can provide : Scholarships, Exhibitions, and College Preparation
Required to be a U.S. Citizen to apply? No

The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers invites students in grades 7 - 12 to participate in The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards of 2011, the nation's longest-running, largest, most prestigious recognition program for creative teenagers in the visual and literary arts.

National Portfolio Day
Date: Sunday, January 18, 2015.
Location: San Diego, The Westin San Diego (Hosted by Laguna College of Art & Design)
Time: 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: Free
Who may attend: Open to everyone

Emma L. Bowen Scholars
Deadline: January 2015
Eligible: Minority High School juniors and seniors and college freshman. Must have GPA of 3.0 and be a U.S. citizen or have permanent residency status in the U.S.
Can provide : Five year paid internship with media company, matching funds to pay for your college tuition, training in media career, mentorship program
Required to be a US Citizen to apply? Yes

The Emma L. Bowen Foundation was created in 1989 to prepare minority youth for careers in the media industry. The Foundation’s program is unlike traditional intern programs in that students work for partner companies during summers and school breaks from the summer following their junior year in high school until they graduate from college. During the five-year program, students have an opportunity to learn many aspects of corporate operations and develop company-specific skills. Corporations have an opportunity to train and mentor students with the option of fulltime employment upon completion of their college degrees.

Students earn an hourly salary and matching funds for college expenses. An annual student conference, a community service program and a mentoring program are also provided to further enhance the student’s knowledge and experience.

This unique, multi-year program prepares a diverse group of talented young professionals to enter the workforce with specific job-related skills, knowledge of the corporate environment and a strong foundation for future advancement.

You can contact the Emma Bowen Foundation's west coast office at 818-655-5708, or visit their website.

Idyllwild Arts Summer Youth Arts Program
Ryman Arts Scholarship Deadline: February 2015
Who is eligible for the scholarship: Ryman Arts students, and alumni 18 and under
Scholarships directly through Idyllwild: Given out beginning in March on a first come, first served basis.
Required to be a US Citizen to apply? No

Since 1950, the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program has created a unique learning environment for children, youth, and adults through an intensive, individual exploration of the arts. Located in California's San Jacinto Mountains, the Program's 205-acre campus provides an outstanding setting for specific art-centered programs, as well as special workshops, festivals and performances. All in all, it provides an unforgettable experience for dreamers of any age.

At the core of every artist is a personal vision. Idyllwild's Youth Arts Center gives students 13-18 the professional direction and focus to realize their inner artist through dance, music, theatre, visual arts, and creative writing. This immersive program, while demanding, provides a competition-free environment. An exceptional faculty works closely with each student, stressing individual growth while encouraging achievement.

To apply for a scholarship through Ryman Arts, contact Rebecca Tuynman for a copy of the application.

CSSSA: California State Summer School for the Arts
Deadline: February 28, 2014
Dates: July 12 - August 8 , 2014
Location: California Institute for the Arts (CalArts), Valencia
Cost: $1550 for tuition, room and board. Many full and partial scholarships are available, nobody turned away due to inability to pay.
Who is eligible : High School students
Must be a US Citizen to apply?: No

The California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA) is a residential summer art program at the California Institute for the Arts in Valencia, CA. This year it takes place from July 14 - August 10. They provide full-time art instruction in visual arts as well as dance, animation, music, creative writing and theater. It is open to students grade 8 - 12, and financial aid is available. Many Ryman Arts students have attended this program, and several of our faculty teach there or have taught there in the past.

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Spring Deadlines and Events (March – June)

First Amendment Cartoon Contest
Deadline: March 14, 2014
Who is eligible: all students grades 1-12
Prize: Cash prize of $50, and publication on courtsed.org
Required to be a US Citizen to participate? No

Since the earliest days of the American republic, cartoonists have entertained us, drawn attention to the issues of the day, and provoked discussion. In short, cartoons contribute to our civic life.

We invite you to add your own contribution to this great tradition and celebrate Bill of Rights Day by entering the Fourth Annual First Amendment Cartoon Contest!

The contest is open to all students nationwide—high school, middle school, and elementary school. If you are creative and like to draw, this is your chance to illustrate principles of freedom and perhaps win a prize!

Six winners will each receive a $50* gift certificate. In addition, up to five entries will receive honorable mentions.

Federal Junior Duck Stamp Competition
Deadline: March 15, 2014
Who is eligible: K-12 students
Prize: Up to $5000 and a trip to Washington DC
Required to be a US Citizen to apply? Yes, applicants must be US Citizens, resident aliens or nationals.

The Duck Stamp Competition is a national art competition for students of all ages. Artists create and submit a depiction of a duck in its natural habitat, creating a stamp for the postal service. Recognition and cash prizes vary, but national winners receive prizes up to $5000 and a trip to Washington D.C. for the First Day of Sale ceremony.

Congressional District Student Art Competitions
Deadline: deadlines vary by district, most are in February or March
Who is eligible : all High School students are eligible within their district
Prize : Scholarships, art supplies, exhibition of artwork and trip to Washington D.C.
Required to be a US Citizen to apply? No
All Congressional Districts participate in the student art competition. Click the link below to see last year's winners and to find your own congressional district. Go to your congressional district's web site to learn about the competition for your area. To find your congressional district representative's web site, use this website.

Every year, multiple Ryman Arts students win the first prize for their district and travel to Washington, D.C. – this is definitely worth trying out for!

WorldStudio Foundation Scholarship
Deadline: March 28, 2014
Eligible: Minority and economically disadvantaged students who are studying design and arts disciplines. See website for additional requirements.
Can provide : $500 - $5000 scholarships
Required be a US Citizen to apply? Yes, or have a green card.

WorldStudio Foundation provides scholarships to minority and economically disadvantaged students who are studying the design/arts disciplines in U.S. colleges and universities. Among the Foundation’s primary aims are to increase diversity in the creative professions and to foster social and environmental responsibility in the artists, designers, and studios of tomorrow.

UCLA Department of Art, Summer Art Institute
Deadline: April 1, 2014 for Scholarships
Dates: July 2014
Location: UCLA campus
Who is eligible: High School students
Cost: $1,940, scholarships available
Must be a US Citizen to apply? No

Experience campus life at UCLA this summer as an artist! The Summer Art Institute is designed for exceptionally talented and motivated high school students.

This two-week summer institute in studio art is designed for talented and highly motivated high school students. Each session is structured around a combination of focused studio work, lectures, presentations, field trips, and a final exhibition of student work in the New Wight Gallery. The program's curriculum, created and supervised by UCLA Department of Art faculty, offers three quarter units of UC credit. Students select from one of two two-week sessions, or enroll in both sessions for a total of six quarter units of UC credit.

Inner-City Filmmakers Summer Program
Application Deadline: April 1, 2014
Class dates: June - August , 2014
Location: Santa Monica
Who is eligible: 12th graders graduating from high school this semester
Cost: Sliding scale tuition, depending on financial need
Must be US Citizen to apply: No

Inner-City Filmmakers provides free year-round high quality hands-on training and job placement services for diverse disadvantaged youth, ages 17-22, who are high school graduates. Youth accepted into Inner-City Filmmakers gain artistic, technical, business, and life skills, which successfully prepares them for college, real-life, and entry-level jobs behind-the-scenes in the entertainment industry, where they aspire to build careers but have little access, thus we help reshape their lives and change their futures.
Established in 1993, Inner-City Filmmakers (ICF) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization with a successful track record and long-lasting partnerships in education, the private sector, and throughout the entertainment industry. They are dedicated to empowering and creating lasting positive change in the lives of diverse disadvantaged youth because we believe that everyone deserves an opportunity to reach their fullest potential.
Learn more on their website or call their offices at (310) 264-3992.

The Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Summer Seminar
Deadline: April 10, 2014
Dates: June - July, 2014
Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Who is eligible: High School 11th graders
Cost: FREE
Must be a US Citizen to apply? No

The Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Summer Seminar is a scholarship program available to all artistically gifted high school juniors. The seminar is designed as an institute to offer an intensive visual art studio program for the students. This two-week program allows each student to gain a stronger foundation of skills and understanding in the visual arts through experiencing college-level drawing and painting classes in a group studio setting. Artists in residence will serve as the primary instructors. The artists will provide instruction, giving specific problems to solve and assignments to complete. Sessions concerning careers in art, the development of a portfolio, and small group discussions with artists sharing their unique insights, technical expertise, and commitment to art will be included.

Classes take place in Colorado Springs, Colorado for two weeks .

More information can be found on their website, or by calling (719) 635-3220.

Ryman Arts internship at BRC Imagination Arts
Deadline: April 15, 2013
Eligible: Ryman Arts students, and alumni who current high school seniors
Can provide : A paid summer internship
Required to be a US Citizen to apply? Yes

BRC Imagination Arts is an entertainment company located in Burbank that works internationally to create experiences for visitors to theme parks, cultural centers, expositions, special events, and much more. They work in all disciplines and media to meet their clients’ needs, creating an exciting and varied work atmosphere. You can see examples of their many diverse projects at BRCWEB.com.

The Ryman Arts internship at BRC is a full time, paid summer internship for Ryman Arts students and alumni who are currently high school seniors. The intern will spend 10 weeks at BRC assisting in a variety of ways.

To apply, submit a resume and cover letter to Rebecca at Ryman Arts.

LACMA High School Internship Program
Deadline: April 27, 2013
Eligible: Los Angeles County public high school students
Can provide : An internship at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Required to be a US Citizen to apply? No

LACMA high school interns will have opportunities to learn and work in the museum, explore exhibitions, take part in special projects with exhibiting artists, and provide tours to their peers and the public of an area of the collection.

The program seeks promising Los Angeles County public high school students who have an enthusiasm for the arts, are self-motivated, and demonstrate a high level of responsibility and commitment. Applicants should also be able to work independently and in collaboration with others. Participants must be able to commit eight to ten hours per month, on Thursday afternoons, 4:30–6:30 p.m. for meetings, and (during second semester) on selected mornings, 10 a.m.–12 noon, for tours.

If you have any questions, visit their website or contact LACMA at (323) 857-6141.

CalArts CAP Summer Arts Program (CAPSA)
Application Deadline: April 22, 2014
Class dates: June 23 - July 12, 2014
Location: Cortines High School, downtown Los Angeles
Who is eligible: 10th - 12th graders residing in Los Angeles County
Cost: Tuition free (no cost)
Must be US Citizen to apply: No

CAPSA is a tuition-free three week intensive arts program. A wide selection of classes are offered including: Animation, Creative Writing, Dance, Music, Photography, Theater and the Visual Arts. Each workshop is led by the world-renowned faculty of CalArts and CalArts student instructors who introduce CAPSA participants to the studio environment and provide guidance in creating original works of art. Participants also visit some of Los Angeles' most prominent arts institutions, attend talks with visiting artists, learn about college applications and financial aid programs, and exhibit or perform their work in a culmination festival for family and friends!

Otis Summer of Art
Dates: July 7 - August 1, 2014
Location: Otis College of Art and Design
Cost: $2946, scholarships available
Who is eligible : All students age 15 and older
Must be a US Citizen to apply?: No

Immerse yourself in a dynamic, creative environment with other students who are passionate about art and design. This summer, build and develop your creative and artistic skills while exploring a specific medium or aspect of art and design.
This intensive, four-week, pre-college program is for individuals 15 and older who wish to study at one of the top art and design colleges in the country. Serious young artists seeking to strengthen and enhance their art and design skills, as well as students with limited art training, are invited to participate.

CBC Spouses Visual Arts Scholarship
Deadline: May 1, 2014
Eligible: see below
Can provide : $3000 scholarship
Required be a US Citizen to apply? Yes, or a permanent resident.

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation provides ten scholarships a year to students studying Visual Arts in college.

To be eligible for a CBC Spouses Visual Arts scholarship, applicants must:

  • Be preparing to pursue an undergraduate degree full-time or be a current full-time student in good academic standing at an accredited college or university.
  • Be planning to pursue a degree in a field that will lead to a career in the visual arts.
  • Have a minimum 2.5 GPA.
  • Exhibit leadership ability and participate in community service activities

Questions: Call (202) 263-2800 or email scholarships@cbcfinc.org for additional information.

UC Irvine Summer Academies in the Arts
Application Deadline: May 1 , 2014
Class dates: July & August , 2014. Individual class dates vary.
Location: UC Irvine Claire Trevor School of the Arts
Who is eligible: Middle School and High School students
Cost: $700-$1000 per class. Full and partial scholarships available.
Must be US Citizen to apply: No

The Summer Academies in the Arts are college and career preparatory intensives for high school and middle school students to attend focused workshops in Art, Dance, Drama and Music that enhance students’ marketable skills and support career goals, self-confidence and leadership. Talented and motivated Summer Academy students receive practical conservatory-style instruction in small classes taught by graduate instructors, professionals in the field and, in some cases, Claire Trevor School of the Arts faculty.Students experience life as undergraduate arts majors through technical and practical training in each discipline. Coursework is intended to be rigorous and as close to college level as possible.

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Summer Deadlines and Events (July – August)

Art Center Community Partners Fellowship
Ryman Arts nomination deadline: August 18, 2014
Eligible: Low-income high school juniors and seniors
Required to be a US Citizen to apply? No

The Community Partners Fellowship at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena includes full tuition scholarships for two consecutive Saturday High courses (the first in Fall 2014, the second in Spring 2015) and a supply stipend of $35 each term. Additionally, the Fellowship offers a bundle of support including a mentor who will provide educational and professional guidance, meetings with Art Center Admissions staff, and a customized workshop regarding Art Center financial aid in the spring.

Ryman Arts may only nominate a very limited number of students to apply for this opportunity. Contact Rebecca at Ryman to learn more: rtuynman@ryman.org.

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Year-Round Opportunities

Free Museum Day website – listing of free admission days at Los Angeles museums.

Ryman Arts Oxbow School Scholarship
Who is eligible: Ryman Arts students or alumni applying to attend in their junior or senior year of high school
Can provide: Scholarship to Oxbow School
Location: Napa, California

Oxbow School is a residential, one-semester art high school located in Napa, California. Oxbow is offering a merit scholarship of $10,000 to support one eligible Ryman Arts student or alumnus in attending their program. In addition to the merit scholarship, The Oxbow School will meet the remaining financial need to enable the student to attend for one semester.

To learn more, talk to Rebecca at Ryman Arts.

Otis Continuing Education
Cost: Classes vary in price, starting at $145 a semester. Scholarships available.
Who is eligible: Age 5 through adult
Location: Otis College of Art and Design
Required to be a US Citizen to apply? No

Otis College of Art and Design's Continuing Education offers a wide range of beginning, intermediate, and advanced art and design courses for all ages on weekends and evenings, as well as special summer programs. These courses enable you to pursue your artistic and professional development, as well as your personal and intellectual growth.

Classes are offered every day. If you are a current Ryman Arts student, you may be interested in taking a class on a Sunday, before or after your Ryman Arts class. If you are a parent or sibling of a current Ryman Arts student, it might be fun to take a class through Continuing Education while you're waiting for your Ryman student to finish class.

Classes can be taken for college credit for an additional fee. See all the classes, and learn more about fees and registration, at their website. You can also call the Continuing Education office at (310) 665-6850 x53.

Venice Arts
Cost: Free for low income families
Who is eligible: Artists age 10 - 18
Can Provide: Classes in photography and film
Location: Venice Arts Gallery 1702 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

Venice Arts offers beginning to advanced youth photography, filmmaking, and media arts workshops for children ages 10-18. Please email info@venice-arts.org or call (310) 392-0846 for prices.

Armory Center for the Arts
Cost: Art High classes for ages 15-18 are free of charge.
Classes for other age groups charge tuition, but some scholarships are available.
Location: 145 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena
Required to be a US Citizen to apply? No
The Armory offers studio art classes year round to all ages.

Free Arts Workshops at Inner-City Arts
Cost: Free to Ryman Arts students, and middle school and High School students in LAUSD schools in local districts 4, 5 & 7. For all other students, workshops are $90 for the 10-week session.
Who is Eligible: Students and adults
Location: Inner-City Arts, 720 Kohler Street, Downtown Los Angeles, 90021
Required to be a US Citizen to apply? No

Inner-City Arts offers classes in Dance Choreography, Stand-Up Comedy, Film Production, Graphic Design, Animation, Theater Arts and Visual Arts.

For more information: Call Brenda de Santiago at 213-627-9621 or visit their website.

Teen Media Initiative
Cost: Free!
Who is eligible? LA County high school students
Location: Da Vinci Design High School room #208, 12501 S. Isis Avenue, Hawthorne, CA 90250
Required to be a US Citizen to apply? No

FREE Web-based Technology and Media Program
Open to all high school students - space is limited

  • Learn web-based skills that can help you in future jobs
  • Apply for paid jobs as a TMI Techie after training is complete
  • Learn how to manage your money and what it means to “pay it forward.”
  • Work with other high school students to become young professionals.

If you have questions, please contact tmicoordinator@insideoutca.org or call 310.397.8820 x111.

Art Center Saturday High
Cost: Classes start at $300, scholarships available
Location: Pasadena
Who is eligible? Teens in grades 9-12
Required to be a US Citizen to apply? No

Fall 2014 Scholarship deadline: August 28, 2014
Spring 2015 Scholarship deadline: January 8, 2015

Art Center Saturday High offers courses in art and design on Saturdays. To learn more and to see class listings and current deadlines, visit their website.

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