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.
Ali Mesiwala, MD, serves San Bernardino County and the Greater Los Angeles region as a member of the medical staff at Southern California Center for Neuroscience and Spine. The experienced neurosurgeon has published widely in his field, and maintains membership in professional societies such as the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. Ali Mesiwala, MD, also actively supports nonprofit organizations such as the Claremont Museum of Art, of which he is a founding member.
The museum, in the eastern Los Angeles County city of Claremont, exhibits the works of local artists and provides arts education to students. ARTpix is among the museum’s newest programs, offering middle school students a chance to learn photography and develop their own creativity.
In the two-month after-school program, seventh and eighth graders at El Roble Intermediate School in Claremont get an up-close look at their own village as seen through the lens of a camera. Each student receives a digital camera and extensive instruction in using it on field trip excursions to document the community. At the close of the program, the students’ photographs become a backdrop display at the Art Wall of the Packing House building on First Street.
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.