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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
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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 […]

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 […]


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