He believes in the arts as a basic right for kids. He is getting a $200,000 award for working for that
By Makeda Easter Few would expect the cacophony coming from the third floor of this plain white building off Wilshire Boulevard. In one room this evening, high school students on flutes and clarinets blaze through their warm-up of scales and arpeggios before launching into a John Williams piece. Across the hallway, middle-school string players run through part of Stravinsky’s “The Firebird.” For these students, the majority of whom live in poverty, an arts education is a luxury — one possible only through Heart of Los Angeles, or HOLA, a nonprofit for youth in […]
In the ballroom at the Beverly Wilshire the crowd was on its feet, dancing around their chairs and clapping to the beat laid down by HOLA’s rock band as they performed Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground.” Their music, along with appearances from entertainer Mandy Moore and comedian Jerrod Carmichael, supplied the vibe for a festive evening as students, teachers, board members and civic leaders celebrated HOLA’s 27th year of serving the children of Los Angeles. Proceeds from this year’s event exceeded $575,000, the 2nd largest amount […]
Yesterday, Bard MAT faculty and graduate students joined two different emergency meetings called by educators at Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA), our community partner where we mentor college-bound high school students. The teachers, students, and families that gathered are primarily first and second generation Central American immigrants, the refugee legacy of several brutal wars and the economic backbone of our city, with varying levels of documentation, deferred action childhood arrival statutes, and most concerning, citizenship designations that distinguish children from their mothers and fathers. These […]
On December 14th Heart of Los Angeles will celebrate the holidays with our students and their families as we’ve done for the past 26 years. Please help us provide a holiday gift to our HOLA students this season by donating a gift in one of the following ways: 1. Mailing or dropping of a gift directly to: Heart of Los Angeles 2701 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 100 Los Angeles, CA 90057 2. Visiting Amazon.com and purchasing an item from our wish list to be shipped directly to […]
As Youth Orchestra Los Angeles celebrates its 10th anniversary at the LA Philharmonic, 77 musicians from YOLA embarked on five-stop concert tour of California, and YOLA at HOLA sent along eleven of its student musicians along with musicians from the Expo Recreation Center, Harmony Project and LACHSA. “Some of our students have been to London or Tokyo, but they’ve never been on a tour of this scale,” said Monique Van Willingh Music Director at Heart of Los Angeles. “They’re super excited!” The tour started on […]
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 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 […]