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  • Barney’s New York X Heart of Los Angeles’ Event Grand Success
  • HOLA designs artwork for Staples Center Suite
  • Volunteer Opportunities for Fall 2016
  • Oh What a Summer!
  • Building a Healthier Community
  • Beneath the Surface Art Residency
  • YOLA at HOLA Musicians Perform with Big Sean

Barney’s New York X Heart of Los Angeles’ Event Grand Success

Our event last night at Barney’s NYC Beverly Hills was a huge success! Carnival aesthetics and treats were at play as the crowd shopped on behalf of Heart of Los Angeles. Barney’s NYC will be donating a percentage of all sales to HOLA between Oct 4-Oct 6th. We’d like to thank Barneys New York, Our Chair Committee and the Friends of HOLA for this incredible night that brings us even closer to helping more underserved youth across the city.

HOLA designs artwork for Staples Center Suite

HOLA was invited by AEG to create art for a newly remodeled suite. The room was inspired by DTLA and the iconography extended from Griffith Park to MacArthur Park. The central mural was designed and painted by HOLA Alumni and Artist Mentor in Residence, Yair Sarmiento. The surrounding canvases were painting by HOLA youth, ages 11-17, who volunteered their time during their summer breakWe are grateful for the support of the HOLA faculty to complete this project by the very tight deadline. We also received […]

Volunteer Opportunities for Fall 2016

Hundreds of lives get impacted day by day by the support of our volunteers. HOLA volunteers become part of our goal in providing our children a life full of positive development and new opportunities. We have many opportunities for this quarter in which you, a relative or a friend could help make a difference in the Los Angeles community. If you can give as little as one hour a week, we want you! Please see below for a list of opportunities: SmartStart/Elementary School Tutors/Homework Assistance: We are […]

Oh What a Summer!

  This has been a great summer at Heart of Los Angeles, we are grateful to a wonderful list of summer supporters listed below. You have made it possible for hundreds of kids growing up in the “heart” of the city to have access to S.T.E.M. and Visual Arts Camps, Music, Fitness, Athletics, Field Trips, Healthy Chefs, GFS LA Film and TV (Funded through GFS LA funders), just to list a few. Then there are the sleep-away camps too. (Thank you Leann Robinson and friends in […]

Building a Healthier Community

In neighborhoods often overrun by poverty, crime and a feeling of hopelessness, Heart of Los Angeles invests in youth to build stronger and healthier communities. Heart of Los Angeles gives some of the city’s most vulnerable youth a chance to succeed in life. From what started with just a handful of kids in an old gym, 25 years later Heart of Los Angeles now serves over 2,300 youth, ages 6-24, in a safe and supportive environment. HOLA’s mission is to provide underserved youth with free, […]

Beneath the Surface Art Residency

HOLA visual arts students have been learning about the drought and its impact on their city, and have been creating art to explore their findings.  Beneath the Surface is a public art workshop organized by Jonas Becker, artist-in-residence at HOLA and interdisciplinary visual artist who uses art to explore our cultural hopes, fears and beliefs. Bringing together guests with valuable expertise, including Lisa Bechtold (archivist), Caitlin Craggs (animationist), and Avishay Artsy (KCRW radio journalist), Jonas asked his students to use photography, animation, journalism and filmmaking as […]

YOLA at HOLA Musicians Perform with Big Sean

Last week, 25 YOLA at HOLA strings musicians were honored with an invitation to perform at WE Day, accompanying Big Sean’s finale performance of “One Man Can Change the World” at The Forum. WE Day is “a powerful series of educational events that combines the energy of a live concert with the inspiration of extraordinary stories of leadership and change.” The event brought together 16,000 students and educators in an inspirational setting, celebrating the commitment they have made to take action on local and global causes they […]


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Tony’s Blog: Breaking the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Tony’s Blog: Breaking the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Last week, an article in the Los Angeles Times documented an alarming trend: L.A. County spends $233,000 a year for each teen it incarcerates. That’s more than the cost of a college education, and vastly more than the $1,600 per year HOLA... read more »



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