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Beneath the Surface Art Residency

Beneath the Surface Art Residency

HOLA students using their creativity to reflect on the future of water in Los Angeles. 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... read more »

 

To Saturn, Heaven, A Black Hole and Beyond

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.... read more »

 

Doing the Right Thing

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 —... read more »

 

Tocar y Luchar (To Play and to Fight)

Tocar y Luchar (To Play and to Fight)

By Nikki Shorts, YOLA at HOLA Teaching Artist 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... read more »

 

Alum Returns to HOLA as Scholar in Residence

Alum Returns to HOLA as Scholar in Residence

After a successful internship with Walt Disney Studios in Burbank already under his belt, HOLA alumni Daniel Lopez is well on his way to achieving his goals of graduating college and using media skills to empower his community. A native Angeleno,... read more »

 

Staff Spotlight: Mark Tyson Rocks

Staff Spotlight: Mark Tyson Rocks

Born in Los Angeles in 1959 into a family of musicians, Mark Tyson, HOLA music instructor and founder of our rock band, is living proof that music changes lives. Mark has been an artist his whole life, a performer for 30 years, and a... read more »

 

“Persisting with Courage” Lesson Taught Via Social Media

“Persisting with Courage” Lesson Taught Via Social Media

Even though struggle is a part of life — and something that usually makes us more resilient — it’s easy as a young person to perceive hardships as failure, threatening the feeling of shame. An important lesson while growing... read more »

 

The Kitchen: Chef Alex’s Healthy Breakfast Quesadillas

The Kitchen: Chef Alex’s Healthy Breakfast Quesadillas

By themselves, quesadillas are not the healthiest food. But add in chopped vegetables and whole wheat tortillas and remove the butter and you have a delicious breakfast that will please even the pickiest of eaters. Best served with a side of... read more »

 

Alumni Return, This Time As Leaders

Alumni Return, This Time As Leaders

In honor of HOLA Alum turned Bridges Middle School Director Silvia Velazquez being named one of JCPenney’s “Leaders of Tomorrow,” we would like to honor two other alumnae who are also full-time staff members here on campus. Sonia... read more »

 

Meet Our AmeriCorps VISTA’s (2015-16)

Meet Our AmeriCorps VISTA’s (2015-16)

Founded in 1965, Volunteers In Service To America (VISTA) originated to combat poverty and in 1993 it officially became an AmeriCorps program. Today, over 7,000 AmeriCorps VISTA’s annually serve not only by working in an underserved... read more »

 
 
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