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Only six months ago Lil’ Arts, a cultural arts center in Rancho Bernardo, was but a dream for Terrilynette Minor and Aurora Crane. Now it is a reality.

Minor and Crane had worked together for eight years as counselors for adults. When the company finally closed its doors, they put their minds together and realized they both had interests and ambitions that complemented each other.

In September 2005, Lil’ Arts opened its doors to the public, offering a unique approach to teaching children ages 3-14.

Their motto is “some children take classes, our children take journeys.” The children at Lil’ Arts take a new journey to a different country every 12 weeks, where they learn about the different cultures by incorporating drama, art, music, dancing and more, into their activities.

“Most people dream about something,” Minor said, “and the fact that the business is here, to see it go to into inception;” after two and a half years worth of planning, Minor said this is what she treasures, her dream coming true.

With the help of Neighborhood National Bank, Minor and Crane were able to obtain a Small Business Administration loan.

The people at Neighborhood National Bank really took an interest in our program,” Minor said. “They cared about our program and believed in what we were doing, and really assisted us.”

Neighborhood National Bank is a certified Community Development Bank, located in National City.

“It’s a beauty and a joy to walk into the [cultural arts] center each day,” Minor said.

Lil’ Arts is located in a 5,500-square-foot building at 11501 Rancho Bernardo Road, Suite 150A, San Diego.

Crane and Minor have completely renovated the interior of the building to include a private dance studio, a fully equipped arts and crafts room as well as a music and drama room complete with a small stage.


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