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Program Mission: HOLA’s Arts and Culture Program encourages youth to channel their energy and emotion into creative endeavors in the visual and performing arts, developing their powers of self-expression, instilling self-confidence, and fueling their interest in learning.

HOLA provides quality programming to inner-city youth who have little or no access to such classes inside or outside of school. Each year, HOLA students have the opportunity to participate in more than 100 different classes, including ceramics, photography, painting, fashion design and sewing, hip hop and salsa dancing, theater production, choir, private music lessons and a full youth orchestra. HOLA’s facilities include three art studios, a fine arts library, music rooms, and a dance studio.

Program Goals:

  • Foster a sense of community where everyone supports each other
  • Hold high expectations for artistic and academic excellence for each child
  • Develop the whole child, not only as an artist, but as a citizen and scholar
  • Provide a flexible, fun and safe learning environment
  • Recognize the different and unique strengths of each child
  • Belief that education fosters empowerment, liberation and pride
  • Belief in the power of art as an agent of social change

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Nara Hernandez Visual Arts Director
Work Phone: (213) 389-1144
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Timothy McKay HOLA Jazz Band Director
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Abraham Orozco Director of Scientific Arts & IT Director
Work Phone: (213) 389-1148 x227
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Monique van Willingh YOLA at HOLA & Music Director
Work Phone: (213) 389-1166
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NEWS

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 […]

To Saturn, Heaven, A Black Hole and Beyond

By Nadene Rasmussen, YOLA at HOLA Teaching Artist I became a teaching artist at HOLA almost two years ago. I’d been volunteering for a few months, and was constantly inspired by the incredible students who walked through the doors each day. I knew that HOLA was the place for me, so when I was asked to join this amazing faculty, naturally I was thrilled. Today, as one of HOLA’s string specialists, my main goals are to improve technique, instill the value of persistence and consistent […]

Doing the Right Thing

By YOLA at HOLA teaching artist Emily Kubitskey, who has been a clarinetist and keyboardist for over two decades, and is the Wind Ensemble Director and Woodwind Specialist for YOLA at HOLA. Every day I walk into a classroom or rehearsal — whether it’s with hopeful college students, angsty teenagers, or crazy kindergarteners — I have to remind myself that I am there to build human relationships and provide them with lifelong tools and skills. And the rest? You know, that whole musical excellence part? Well, that’s […]

Volunteer Spotlight: Julia Parris AKA Future

When bi-coastal photographer and art director Julia Parris was first being introduced to our students in August, one student called out: “Future! You’re from the future! Hi, future girl!” Ever since then, students have called her all variations of Future, Ms. Future, Future Girl. “It’s hilarious! I’m pretty sure many of them don’t know my real name,” she chuckles. An HOLA volunteer superstar, Julia aka Future tells me she has been an artist as far back into her past as she can remember. When I ask her about her life […]

Tocar y Luchar (To Play and to Fight)

By Nikki Shorts, YOLA at HOLA Teaching Artist In 2010, the day after my teaching audition for the YOLA at HOLA string teacher position, I sent an email to the director of the music program at the time that said I would love to hear any feedback she had about my audition, and that I was really excited about the fledgling El Sistema-inspired program that I knew would soon be doing so much good for the community.  I told her that as a kid growing up in […]

 
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HOLA provides underserved youth with exceptional programs in academics, arts and athletics within a nurturing environment, empowering them to develop their potential, pursue their education and strengthen their communities.


 

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