Old Town Artisan Studio, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, provides a warm and inviting place where people of all ages can reveal their creativity through clay, fused glass, painting and other artistic mediums. Individual private instruction, classes for children, adults and seniors, as well as independent studio use is blended with fee exempt instruction offered to numerous charities in the Coachella Valley.
Old Town Artisan Studio is committed to providing positive art experiences for all people despite age, disability or financial disadvantage. We believe art is healing and has an everlasting positive impact on each of us and the world around us.
With increased Studio classes and our unique Mobile Art Van, allowing us to partner with local schools, senior centers and a wide variety of local non-profits, we expect to reach our goal of serving over 8,000 art experience this year!
Help provide over 9,000 art experiences a year!
"I want to take this opportunity to tell you how great the Old Town Artisan Studio Mobile Outreach Program has been for our child care programs! We were able to have the van come to six of our child care sites twice a month for this past school year. The response from the kids and staff was amazing. the clay days would be the highest attended in the programs. When parents would come to pick up their kids, we had kids telling them to come back later! We have had other art programs visit our sites and have never had such positive feedback as we received for the the Old Town Artisan Studio Mobile Outreach Program. Thank you for this experience for our kids."Alisa Rutherford Williams
Connor Knudsen has been taking youth pottery lessons at Old Town Artisan Studio for about a year. "Connor has really blossomed through his relationship with the studio and his teacher. When people come to the house, he always has to show them his collection of ceramics pieces, and he won't give any of them away. He says they're his "originals." His pottery classes have helped him to focus better and I think it has opened up his brain to creativity in general. Recently, we were talking as a family about needing to rearrange schedules and maybe drop some things because we had too much going on and he jumped up and said "I'm not giving up pottery!"Morgan Knudsen
"The therapeutic benefit of working with ones hands and using the part of our brains responsible for imagination and creativity through art provides a gateway for healing and growth not easily accomplished by other forms of therapy. The adults and children who have the opportunity to partake in the OTAS programs are enriched by having their imagination transformed before their eyes, by touching and molding a block of clay into a masterpiece of their own creation. Shelter From The Storm has had the pleasure to continue to work with Old Town Artisan Studio for over three years now. Recently we have had the honor of using their Mobile Outreach Program to help with an ornament making project with the children and women of our shelter. The families worked together to create beautiful, ornate holiday ornaments that were part of a fundraiser for our shelter services programs. Each family was able to not only contribute ornaments for the fundraiser that were hand painted but we able to make wonderful memories together through art. None of that would have been possible without the incredible work being done by Old Town Artisan Studio."Angelina Coe
"The teens really enjoyed the Glass Jewelry class on Friday, Brittany was awesome! Thank you for offering these classes at the Indio Teen Center, we appreciate it. Thanks again!Dave Ortega
"Thank you so much for taking time to lead our Let's Do Lunch clients residing at the Palm Springs Pointe Apartments through yesterday's project. I heard more positive comments from clients at PS Pointe yesterday than at any other time in this program's history, and there's little doubt as to why. Typically, Let's Do Lunch features didactic presentations on various, useful subjects. Yesterday's program allowed clients to enjoy an afternoon free of having to hear a lecture, while providing a unique opportunity to learn a new skill. Your ability to inform folk without condescension coupled with your pension to create a stress-free environment is just a perfect combination! Your continued support of the Coachella Valley's isolated senior population through your programs is inspirational. The beautiful pieces you help our clients create instills a greater sense of self-worth and confidence in our clients. You are able to put smiles on faces of those who otherwise may not have smiled that day, and I can't thank you and Old Town Artisan Studio enough for your willingness to collaborate to serve those in need. You're the BEST, and I consider it an honor to work with you. Thank you, Stefania!"Kraig Johnson
Thomas BurnsExecutive Director
Kevin SaenzKiln Tech
Ivanna Diaz HansenInstructor
Stephen MangioneStudio Manager / Instructor
Stephen Mangione is a studio artist from Palm Springs. He received a MFA from San Diego State University in 2013, a BFA from California State University Chico in 2007, and an AA in Culinary Arts Management from College of the Desert in 2003. Stephen has attended a number of workshops at Haystack Mountain School of Craft, Arrowhead School of Art & Craft, Watershed Center for Ceramics, and California State University Fresno Summer Arts. Before joining our staff, he worked as an Adjunct Professor at Southern Oregon University, and Palomar College in San Marcos, and as an Assistant Art Technician at San Diego State.
Stefania FordSenior Instructor
Stefania Ford is a sculpture artist, currently living and working in La Quinta, CA. After attending courses at College for Creative Arts, she graduated with a BFA in Sculpture from Washington University in St. Louis in 2010. Stefania has worked and studied with sculpture and ceramic artists such as Regan Wheat, Arthur Gonzalez, Debra Fritts, Greg Kennady, Catherine Magel, and Richard Burkett. Before joining Old Town Artisan Studio, Stefania worked for other non-profits such as Idyllwild Arts and Tools for Tomorrow. Stefania directs our Community Outreach Program and shares her ceramic and sculptural knowledge during in-studio classes where she teaches students of all ages.