“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.” - Coretta Scott King

This year has been especially hard on many of us, prompting our move to a Virtual Gala for this year's LMPAF fundraiser. Please consider donating..... (segue to wyatt kenneth coleman)

What do your donations go towards?

Youth Programs

Honoring Wyatt Kenneth Coleman

Wyatt Kenneth Coleman is a freelance photojournalist whose career spans more than fifty years. While serving in the military during the Vietnam War, he studied at the U.S. Air Force Photography School, gaining skills that would benefit him in both his military and artistic careers. Coleman has dedicated his life to documenting social justice movements and people who strive to make a difference in the world around them.

Coleman’s dedication to helping others is evident in both his artistic practice and humanitarian contributions. In addition to documenting the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Coleman established a collaboration with Coretta Scott King in 1979, which remained active until her death. Coleman was interested in the effect that the Civil Rights Movement had on the lives of ordinary people, stating, “When a person is committed and makes a contribution to their community, lives are changed and doing the right thing is really key.” His work documents everyday people participating in non-violent activism by committing acts of kindness and working towards social justice. Coleman seeks to emphasize the importance that engagement and oral history play in passing down the value of serving one’s community and family.

Wyatt Kenneth Coleman has certifications from the Winona School of Professional Photography, the University of Minnesota and Santa Fe Photographic workshops. Coleman’s work has been shown in publications including 3M, Ebony and Jet Magazines and The Daily Word. Coleman has also been awarded for his selfless volunteer service in the communities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, and was recognized for his volunteer work at the Elm Avenue Community Garden by Assemblyman Tom Lackey, in addition to receiving an award from Lancaster City Council for his contributions to the community.

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Youth Programs

With support from LMPAF, the Lancaster Museum of Art & History is able to offer several programs directed toward K-12 students across the Antelope Valley and outlying areas. These youth programs include MOAH's free Young Artist Workshop series (serving around 300 students per workshop per week), the Discovery Trunk outreach program (reaching around 8,000 students annually), the Green MOAH Initiative (reaching more than 15,000 underserved youth since 2013), the Van Go! mobile art and history museum, and various other community outreach programs at MOAH, MOAH:CEDAR, Elyze Clifford Interpretive Center and the Western Hotel Museum.


In addition, LMPAF supports the Arts for Youth program which revolves around docent-led tours that take students through MOAH’s current exhibition and provide insightful commentary and discussion about the exhibited artists and artworks. Groups of students often stay to participate in a hands-on art project that directly relates to the exhibition they experienced. LMPAF helps fund the tours and crafts as well as offering a Transportation Grant for schools or other groups interested in bringing students to the Museum.


Donations to LMPAF directly contribute to keeping these youth programs flexible and accessible during COVID-19 restrictions. More than ever, it is vital that students have these arts opportunities available to them.


$50 Donation: Covers MOAH staff and travel expenses for one Discovery Trunk presentation

$100 Donation: Helps pay for a Transportation Grant for an Arts for Youth tour. / pays for a live figure model for a figure drawing class at MOAH:CEDAR

$250 Donation: Covers the supplies for one Young Artists Workshop serving 300-400 students.

$500 Donation:  Covers the cost of producing a MOAH:CEDAR Concert Series

$1000 DonationCovers the cost of a month-long artist in residency program.



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Beginning in 1990, the Lancaster Museum & Public Art Foundation has provided resource support to enhance exhibitions, collections and programming at the Lancaster Museum of Art and History by preserving more than 10,000 art and artifacts in MOAH's permanent collection and underwriting future exhibits in one of the most exciting art spaces in Southern California. With the generous support of donors, LMPAF continues to place emphasis on the voices of artists of color and women artists by supporting vibrant programming, dynamic exhibitions and diverse Museum acquisitions.


Locally, LMPAF invests in the Antelope Valley art community by supporting the CEDARFEST Student Art Show, an annual high school student art exhibition, and the Annual Juried Art Exhibition for adult artists. For each of these exhibitions, LMPAF hands out awards to artists and considers each of the Best of Exhibition artworks for acquisition into MOAH's permanent collection.


In light of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions LMPAF support has evolved to help digitize the Museum's arts experiences. Making exhibitions and programming available via live streaming, virtual tours, online panel discussions, workshops and artist talks has kept arts opportunities accessible to the public during these trying times. 


$50 Donation: Supports our volunteer docent program.

$100 DonationSupports a local artist through awards and recognition at the Annual all-media juried art exhibition and annual high school exhibition.

$250 DonationAllows the museum to host specialized tours such as the Visual Language American Sign Language Tours by hiring an ASL interpreter

$500 Donation: Supports CEDARFEST and/or Annual Juried Art Exhibition

$1000 Donation: Supports the museum’s permanent collection artwork acquisition fund.

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