Why We Serve

“I believe art is medicine and food for the soul. There needs to be a place to provide the tools, inspiration, and education for people of all ages and abilities.”
– Victory Grund, Founder

Founder’s Message

Victory Grund experienced first-hand the transformative power of art. Following some years caring for her parents full-time, Victory was left feeling empty and without purpose when they passed. A concerned friend suggested she try a clay class. When that class provided a sense of calm and healing she needed, Victory quickly knew this was her new passion.

Victory’s experience that “art heals”, along with her volunteer work, culminated in her seeing a true need for art experiences to be immersed in the lives of everyone. She was inspired to share this gift with others and ensure that art is part of people’s lives. How this would be accomplished was still unclear.

Volunteering at the Boys & Girls Club one day, she noticed that not all children were engaged in a sport activity, so she thought what if they had an art class to participate in. This initial thought led her to set-up one art class, and soon after, the wheels were in motion. Victory had found her calling to serve the community by providing art instruction, and Old Town Artisan Studios was founded.

Art is Medicine and Food for the Soul

Now more than ever, art can heal…

“ I enjoy seeing the thrill and sense of accomplishment on the (Alzheimer) students’ faces when completing their finished artwork. And no matter the talent level, they are happy and grateful for a relaxing art experience.”
– Fused Glass Instructor, Kelly Walter


The individuals we touch through art include children and families in need, kids in after-school programs, children and adults with special needs, seniors and veterans.


A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Old Town Artisan Studios partners with and is supported by dedicated individuals, businesses, schools and other non-profit organizations to provide free or reduced-fee classes in and out of the Studio. If you represent a group interested in partnering with us, or if you know of one that would benefit from involvement in one of our programs, please contact us today!

Today, over 10 years later, Old Town Artisan Studios collaborates with many local businesses and organizations, offering on- and off-site, free and reduced-fee classes, to provide over 21,000 art experiences annually.


We believe art is healing and has and everlasting impact on us and the world around us.


Providing art experiences in-studio and bringing art to our friends who cannot come to us.


Art is like food for the soul. Your participation in an art class also helps to feed our mission!



Mission & Vision

We are dedicated to ensuring that art remains a vibrant part of the creative fabric of the Coachella Valley – from art programs in schools to lifelong learning. 


Our commitment to make art available and accessible to members of our community is the reason for the Outreach Programs.

Why We Serve

The individuals we touch through art include children and families in need, kids in after-school programs, children and adults with special needs, seniors and veterans.

Board of Directors

Meet our dedicated board members that bring Old Town Artisan Studios and its mission to the community.


Adult and Children's classes available for Pottery, Watercolor, Fused Glass, Elements of Art, and Theatre.


Try a one-day workshop or private lesson! Remember, some projects take time to be fired and may not be ready for pick up until 2 weeks out.

Paint your own Pottery

Pottery painting is ideal for birthday parties, corporate events, baby or bridal showers. Spend quality time with family and friends.

Summer Art Camp

Looking for a fun way to beat the heat? Join us for Summer Art Camp! This week-long camp offers students the chance to work with a wide variety of mediums.


With your valued support we are able bring art to our friends who need it most- children, seniors and our underserved population.


We need Ambassadors to help us spread the word about our work and mission.


We believe art is healing and has an everlasting positive impact on each of us.


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