A resident of Claremont, California, Ali Mesiwala, MD, is a neurosurgeon with years of experience as a doctor, educator, entrepreneur, and consultant. Ali Mesiwala, MD, applies his expertise as chief of the St. Bernardine Medical Center Division of Neurological Surgery and the medical director of Chaparral Medical Group. Outside of his career, Dr. Mesiwala supports the Claremont Museum of Art.
The Claremont Museum of Art was incorporated in 2004 to promote the city of Claremont’s art and cultural history. In addition to exhibition and events, the Claremont museum maintains several educational programs in support of its mission. These include ARToon, an after-school education program that targets preteens.
Currently in its second year of operation, ARToon is an after school art instruction program for pre-teens. The program teaches skills related to the development of unique cartoon characters with the ultimate goal of creating a comic book or graphic novel concept.
While enrolled in the ARToon program, up to 40 students create a large format page for their concept, which is later exhibited at a public art reception. ARToon is made possible through a partnership with El Roble Intermediate School and is led by an art teacher and a professional cartoonist.
Ali Mesiwala, MD, is an established neurosurgeon in San Bernardino, California. The chief of two surgical departments at St. Bernardine Medical Center, Dr. Ali Mesiwala also holds various other professional appointments. In addition to his medical work, Dr. Mesiwala is a founding member of Claremont Museum of Art.
Established in 1987 with the aim of celebrating the cultural heritage of Claremont, California, the Claremont Museum of Art is located within the city’s historic College Heights Lemon Packing House. The museum’s permanent collection is made up of close to 80 artworks by many different artists, some of whom donated their own works to the collection.
In addition to the art itself, Claremont Museum hosts various educational initiatives, most notable of which is Project ARTstART, which teaches high school students how to share their passion for art with their younger peers. Sixty high school students currently participate in the program, spreading their appreciation to students at three elementary schools.
In previous years, the museum has also overseen the ARToon program, which engaged adolescents in the creation of cartoon art, and a school-based photography program entitled ARTpix.
Neurosurgeon Ali Mesiwala, MD, serves as the medical director of the Chaparral Medical Group, Inc., in Pomona, California. In addition, Ali Mesiwala, MD, is a founding member of the Claremont Museum of Art.
In response to diminishing art programs in local schools, the Claremont Museum of Art has provided the Claremont, California, community with a number of educational art programs, including Project ARTstART, ARTpix, and Family Art.
Through Project ARTstART, high school-aged children are provided the opportunity to communicate their appreciation for the fine arts to elementary school students. Over the last six years, the program has aggregated a leadership force of 60 high school students teaching at three local schools, as well as a number of college mentors, who oversee their activities.
The ARTpix program, designed in the mold of the popular ARToon program, which emphasized the art behind professional cartooning, is based in the El Roble Intermediate School and focuses on the art of photography. Finally, the museum’s Family Art program has established a presence at various festivals throughout the Claremont region, offering engaging artistic resources to both children and adults.
Board-certified neurosurgeon and researcher Ali Mesiwala, MD, works as medical director at Southern California Center for Neuroscience and Spine, serving Los Angeles and surrounding counties. He is also a dedicated philanthropist, donating his time as medical director for the Snoop Youth Football League. In addition, Ali Mesiwala, MD, is a founding member of the Claremont Museum of Art, which showcases his community’s artistic achievements.
The Claremont Museum, incorporated in 2004, works to share the more than 70 years of the Los Angeles area’s cultural heritage with the public. Originally housed in the Packing House building in the east Los Angeles County city of Claremont, in 2010 the Claremont Museum became a museum without walls, sponsoring well-received exhibitions in borrowed spaces. Toward the close of 2015, it acquired a lease to use the historic Claremont Depot as a small permanent museum. The Spanish Colonial Revival-style building dates back to 1927.
The Claremont Museum’s hundreds of supporters and volunteers host a variety of programs annually. The city has been home to a vibrant arts community that gained particular renown in the decades from the 1940s through the 1960s. Thanks in part to the nearby Pomona College and other liberal arts schools that make up the Claremont Colleges, the museum continues to enjoy widespread public support.
Notable recent exhibitions include “Millard Sheets: Hills and Horses,” which celebrates the work of the Pomona-born watercolor painter and art teacher who died in 1989.