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HOLA’s Visual Arts Program provides quality programming to inner-city youth who have little or no access to such classes inside or outside of school. HOLA’s visual arts curriculum is designed and delivered by innovative teaching artists, college professors and passionate volunteer artists who combine their efforts to provide intensive arts education for at-risk youth. Each year, over 280 elementary, middle and high school students participate in the Visual Arts Program. Follow the progress of the students on the HOLA Public Art Blog and the Photo Project Blog.

Classes Each year, students can choose from more than 100 classes in 22 different art forms, including ceramics, photography, painting, sculpture, fashion design, illustration, printmaking, mixed media, screen printing, watercolor, graphic design, new media and public art.

Facilities HOLA’s Visual Arts Department is located in the historic Wilshire Royale building. The space houses an extensive art library, media lab and three studios and boasts large street-side windows, providing ample opportunity for the students to connect to the community.

Gallery/Exhibits The Visual Arts Department curates four themed exhibitions throughout the year to showcase the creative accomplishments of HOLA’s young artists. The shows are held in the dedicated gallery space located in the Wilshire Royale.

Field Trips Visual Arts Department students are given the opportunity to go on monthly field trips to art galleries, artist studios, museums, arts schools and a number of other cultural institutions around the city.

“Meet the Artist” Series At least once every month, students attend “Meet the Artist” talks and workshops at which professional artists from the community and all over the world come to HOLA to share their experiences and work. These opportunities allow HOLA’s young artists to learn about career options in the arts and to expand their creative practice through exploration of new art forms and environments. Last year, HOLA welcomed artists that included among them curators, painters, illustrators, photographers, muralists, musicians, filmmakers and set designers.

“Artist Mentor in Residence” HOLA’s “Artist Mentor in Residence” program provides residencies in HOLA’s Visual Arts Department for high school graduates who are enrolled in college. The internships are designed to provide the students with the opportunity to continue to create art, apprentice with HOLA’s professional art instructors and mentor young artists.

“Artist Residencies” Each year, HOLA’s Visual Arts Department holds a series of public-art themed projects that engage youth and the community through classes, workshops, artist talks, field trips and public installations in and around HOLA’s neighborhood. To date, HOLA has welcomed seven Public Artists in Residence, along with 24 guest artists to contribute to these Public Art Projects. Initial funding for these projects was provided  by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. Click here to view videos of the projects.

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