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  • March 30, 2015 8:00 am –
    March 30, 2015 7:00 pm

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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
    Photo of  Mani Mekler Baker
    Mani Mekler Baker Artistic Music Director
    Work Phone: (213) 389-1166
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    Nara Hernandez Visual Arts Director
    Work Phone: (213) 389-1144
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    Photo of  Abraham  Orozco
    Abraham Orozco Director of Scientific Arts & IT Director
    Work Phone: (213) 389-1148 x227
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    Christine Witkowski YOLA at HOLA & Music Director
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    Bob Mintzer Leads Jazz Master Class

    Bob Mintzer, the legendary jazz musician, stopped by the HOLA Music Studios to lead a master class with HOLA’s Jazz Band. Bob listened to the group play a couple of pieces and provided some invaluable advice about how to take their work to the next level. He explained the importance of putting your own interpretation into the music you are playing. He taught by example, wowing the students with his sax skills. After the class, there was time for some questions and a pot luck […]

    YOLA at HOLA Featured in LA Times

    The Los Angeles Times recently published a four-part print and digital piece about the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The third article in the series highlighted the Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA) and featured HOLA’s own Vivian Trejo. Vivian has been a member of YOLA at HOLA since the program began five years ago. Vivian plays the french horn and has won a scholarship to the prestigious Colburn School of Music. To read the article in Spanish, click here. HOLA is the home to the second of three YOLA […]

    Student Leader

    YOLA at HOLA musician Devin Aguilar has been attending HOLA since 1st Grade. When he first started in the program, he played the viola. But after his first year, he transitioned to the cello. Although he didn’t pick the cello, he loves playing it and hopes to continue through high school. Devin’s favorite thing about coming to HOLA is learning new pieces of music and making new friends. Besides playing music, Devin is also involved with YOLA at HOLA’s leadership program. Through this program, the […]

    YOLA at HOLA Youth Leadership Activities Underway

    YOLA at HOLA’s leadership students had a busy start to the winter session. The leadership program recently started their “Book Buddy” project. The project partners 5th Graders with a 1st Grade Music Buddy. The older students help the younger ones practice their reading skills. While the initial focus is on improving literacy skills, eventually, the program will evolve to focus on practicing music notation. String musicians are also working on peer-to-peer teaching, with students from the HOLA Youth Orchestra strings section pairing up with students […]

    Music Studios Winter Concert

    On a rainy Monday night, students in the HOLA Music Studios treated staff, students and their families to a Winter Concert. From rock and classical pieces to an original composition, the Recital included performances by the HOLA Rock Band, the HOLA Jazz Band and students who have been taking private guitar, piano and percussion lessons. Proud HOLA Music Studios instructors cheered their students on, including Mark Tyson, guitar teacher, Jon Armstrong, piano and jazz teacher, Ben Ede, jazz teacher, and Scott Cummings, percussion teacher. The […]

    Winter Session STEAMs Ahead

    HOLA’s Winter Session is in full swing and there are so many exciting opportunities for the more than 500 students who walk through our doors every afternoon. From academic enrichment classes, focused on reading, math, science and history, to digital media and 3D product design, students are exploring ideas that take them way beyond what they are doing in school. Along with old favorites like Healthy Cooking and Girls on the Run, this winter there are many exciting, new STEAM-focused offerings. The PAT program is […]


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