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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Art Museums, Arts & Culture, Arts Education

Mission: Physical, emotional and

Programs: Taught 22 art classes, both onsite and offsite, including at el centro juvenile, girls and boys club, and julian elementary for students with special needs and to train care givers to be art instructors.

bought 15 apple ipads to use for teaching art principles, drawing and painting. All the principles, drawing, design, values, technique and color apply to the ipad art in the same way as traditional art mediums. Oak lake art center believes the children will continue to benefit from using an ipad for art due to easier access to them at school and home, compared to access to more traditional art materials.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have personally witnessed the work OLAC has done in the schools and communities. Ed White and his staff are bringing art to those who greatly benefit from it, especially children who have special needs. The hands-on approach that is used gets everyone involved and expands the recipients' horizons. In a time when the arts are being cut back in schools, this program fulfills a need in a very positive manner.


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Oak Lake Art Center’s (OLAC) approach of using art as medicine and teaching the healing powers it can offer through hands on experiences is awesome. From gardening to painting to learning about the indigenous peoples, Ed and his dedicated staff are doing incredible work both at their site and in the communities that they reach out to. They give the opportunity for individuals that have had or are going through physical, emotional and mental trauma the ability to assist themselves in their own healing process by providing an outlet for creativity, knowledge and respect of the past, and optimism for growth in the future. OLAC is a tremendous non-profit organization that with your help can continue to reach those in need. I encourage you to check out all their great work by visiting their outstanding website (www.oaklakeartcenter.org) and signing up for their wonderful newsletter. GET INVOLVED…YOU TOO CAN HELP MAKE A DIFFERENCE!



Rating: 5

OLAC is run by long time friend and art mentor, ED White. Not only is Ed a nationally known artist and sculptor but he played Professional football for the San Diego Chargers and Minnesota Vikings for 18 years earning All-Pro status on both teams. With the help of a wonderful staff, Ed imparts his love of art and ties that to our roots in Mother Earth. OLAC is dedicated to kids of all ages and economic means. The Center is located West of San Diego, high in the mountains near Julian, Ca.. Overnight facilities are available in a beautiful campground stressing Native Indian lore and their love of Mother Nature and our ties to the Earth. I urge one and all to look up Oak Lake Art Center. They are doing a terific job and touching the minds and hearts of many kids who might never had the chance to explore their potential.