Project Description

Don Knabe Pediatric Art

One of our newest areas of support is the Don Knabe Pediatric Art Program. Funding expired in June 2017 and we have committed to continue this important Art program for both the in-patients and the out-patients. Our plan is to make this program more robust by offering year round classes.

We intend to grow the program and hope it will allow more Rancho patients, like Tizita Belay, and alumnae access to art. The program culminates with annual Rancho Art Show in October and provides a place for the artists to display and sell their pieces.

The painting shown on the right was painted by Rancho Artist Jasmin Amador and is used for our Spring Gala branding.

Jasmin Amador  |  Rancho Art Resident

My name is Jasmin Amador and I am 22 years old. I have Congenital Muscular Dystrophy, but have always loved anything that has to do with art. I started taking art classes in high school. Then one summer I was invited to take an art class at Rancho with the pediatric group. That summer was a great summer, as I met incredible teachers with disabilities who taught us how to paint and how to express ourselves through paint. It was the summer that changed my life. Rancho made me one of their Resident Artists and now I get to paint and display my art work each year at the Art of Rancho Show.

My passion for art started to blossom with the help of Rancho los Amigos, as they taught me that persons with disabilities also have a chance to do anything they want. I thank God for putting Rancho and their lovely staff into my life. I’m currently at Citrus College pursuing my art degree. From there I would like to go on to an art institute.

Alexis Pule  |  Rancho Artist

Alex is a 16 year old, living in Los Angeles with his close knit family. He is the middle child of three. He has a younger sister and his older brother Angel who is his best friend. Both Alex and his older brother have a diagnosis of Collagen VI Disease.

Alex is a junior at Roosevelt High School and loves to draw, paint and play video games.  He is an active participant in the pediatric art class at Rancho Los Amigos where is talent is blossoming. His role model is his older brother Angel.  When asked if his disability limits him in any way his answer is “it stops me from walking and I can’t go upstairs but other than that I am good with it!”