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  • Penland Resident Artists Visit HOLA
  • Fall’s in Full Swing
  • PAT Program Incorporates Service Learning into Curriculum
  • Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band Visits HOLA
  • Choir “Happy” to Perform at Hollywood Bowl

You Can Be the Change

In neighborhoods often overrun by poverty, crime and a feeling of hopelessness, Heart of Los Angeles invests in youth to build stronger 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 […]

Barneys New York Does It Again!

It seemed like an impossible feat, but Barneys New York topped themselves, throwing another extraordinary event to support Heart of LA. Combined with a celebration of the Beverly Hills store’s 20th anniversary, the unveiling of extensive renovations to the store and the opening of a new Freds restaurant, close to 1,000 guests came out to […]

Penland Resident Artists Visit HOLA

For the third year in a row, Heart of Los Angeles has been thrilled to welcome artists from the Penland School of Crafts for a week-long teaching residency in HOLA’s Visual Arts Department. This year, Rachel Maginnes and Dustin Farnsworth spent their week at HOLA teaching workshops with the underlying theme of “Creative Problem Solving.” […]

Fall’s in Full Swing

Every afternoon hundreds of kids, ages 6-19, are participating in over 75 academic and enrichment classes on HOLA’s campus. In addition to daily academic support from staff, tutors and volunteers, every afternoon HOLA students have the chance to explore opportunities they can’t get anywhere else, inside or outside of school. The choices are almost limitless, […]

PAT Program Incorporates Service Learning into Curriculum

This fall, a group of PAT High School students, known as the LA Rakers, have been working hard in the community surrounding HOLA on a number of different service projects. Every week, 30 to 40 students gather to address the issues of community and the environment. The group kicked off the initiative with a cleanup […]

Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band Visits HOLA

Gordon Goodwin and his 18 piece Big Phat Band came down to HOLA to perform for the kids in HOLA’s Music Program. Over 200 youth, including members of the Jazz Band and Jazz Ensembles, were treated to an hour long set that brought down the house. The songs included old and new pieces and even […]

Choir “Happy” to Perform at Hollywood Bowl

YOLA at HOLA’s choir had the honor of performing Pharrell’s hit song “Happy” from “Despicable Me 2″ at the Hollywood Bowl this month. The YOLA at HOLA choir teamed up with the YOLA at LACHSA choir to perform the number, which was choreographed and taught to the students by YOLA at HOLA Singing and Solfège […]


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Thoughts on Education

There’s been a lot of media attention lately about the purchase of iPads by the LAUSD and the use of technology in the classroom. The increasing tendency to depersonalize education and treat it like a business is misguided and does... read more »



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