In 1961, the Festival of Arts and the Art Assn. united to give birth to an offspring that no one could have predicted would become an international star in art education.
Fifty years later, the result of that union has matured from a community art school into the Laguna College of Art & Design, with an enrollment of students coming from 50 states and 20 foreign countries to study with an enthusiastic faculty in surroundings that inspire both pupils and teachers.
The school's 50th anniversary was celebrated Sept. 15 at [seven-degrees].
"As we pass this milestone, let's take a moment to give thanks for all of those who have contributed to the college's growth and success over the years," said new LCAD President Jonathan Burke.
The late David Young, perennial FOA board member, scraped together $5,000 to get the school started. Classes were held adjacent to the festival grounds, about where the office is now, FOA President Fred Sattler said.