Neurosurgeon Ali Mesiwala, MD, serves as chief of St. Bernardine Medical Center’s Division of Neurological Surgery and as medical director at the Chaparral Medical Group in Pomona, California. Named an Inland Empire Top Doctor, Ali Mesiwala is also a philanthropist who supports charitable organizations such as National Geographic and the Claremont Museum of Art.
The Claremont Museum of Art, founded in 2004, is a community museum located in Claremont, California. In addition to displaying exhibits that celebrate Claremont’s artistic heritage at its physical location, the museum maintains several educational art programs that benefit the local community. These efforts include the ARTpix and ARToon programs as well as Project ARTstART and family art activities.
Family art activities offered by the Claremont Museum provide young children with hands-on, creative art activities. These are offered at city festivals that include Art in the Garden at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardens, the local Fourth of July Celebration, Village Venture, and the Padua Hills Art Fiesta. Directed by a nationally exhibited artist and made possible by local volunteers and art educators, the activities often include hundreds of children at a single event.
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.