Project S.O.A.R. is an after-school and in-class arts program currently serving children in Hollywood’s public elementary schools. Workshops are offered in various performing and visual arts disciplines, e.g. ceramics, photography, painting, cultural arts, dance and creative drama, and are led by professional artists who are matched with each school based on the school’s need and interest and the instructor’s skill sets and talents. Best of all, the Hollywood Arts Council provides the workshops at no cost to the schools or students.

Project S.O.A.R was created to provide a motivating influence and positive reinforcement through arts instruction and meaningful interactions with professional artist-instructors, allowing children to gain a deeper understanding of their own and other cultures as well as a chance to develop skills for self-expression, a key ingredient for positive self-esteem.

The fundamental principles of the Project S.O.A.R model are supported by a growing body of research on the significant impact of arts learning and creative mentoring on youth development across a wide range of dimensions including creative, emotional, social, and academic. Such studies indicate that quality arts instruction and mentoring can enhance a child’s motivation and self-expression; build positive relationships with their peers and mentors and contribute to a sense of community and a more positive overall outlook on life.

The Hollywood Arts Council is dedicated to developing and refining best practices with Project S.O.A.R. All participating teaching artists, artist assistants, school administrators and teachers provide ongoing feedback through evaluation surveys.

Need & Population Project  S.O.A.R. addresses the need for both after-school and arts programming by providing programming to public schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District, which currently have little or no arts programming, due to budget cuts and lack of funding.  In any given year, Project S.O.A.R serves up to 2,000 students in the Hollywood area, the majority of which live in under-served areas of Council Districts 13 and 4 of greater Hollywood, which is a part of the City of Los Angeles in Los Angeles County.

Hollywood consists of a broad socio-economic and cultural spectrum that includes the entertainment industry, and both affluent and struggling neighborhoods. The “flats” of Hollywood is a mixture of entertainment industry business and multiple family dwellings and home to a rich diversity of cultures.  All elementary, middle and secondary schools in the greater Hollywood area are “Title 1” and are designated at-risk. The participating schools are of a lower socio-economic status indicated by an average of 91% of the children in the eight (8) participating schools receiving free or reduced-cost lunches, an income-based city program. Partial funding for Project SOAR is made possible through the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, the County of Los Angeles and individual contributions. Sources

  • Douglas Israel (2001) Staying in School. Center for Arts and Education. New York, New York.
  • Edmund B. Fiske, ed. (1999). Champions of Change: The Impact of the Arts On Learning. Washington, D.C.: President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities.
  • Jekielek, S., et al. (2002, Feb). Mentoring: A Promising Strategy for Youth Development. Child Trends Research Brief. Washington, D.C.  YouthARTS Development Project (1996). U.S. Department of Justice, National Endowment for the Arts, and Americans for the Arts.
  • Health Development Agency (2000). Art for Health: A review of good practice in community-based arts projects and initiative which impact health and well-being. London, UK.

HOLLYWOOD, CA (August 4, 2015)

The Hollywood Arts Council will present its fun-filled FREE Annual Children’s Festival of the Arts on Sunday, August 9, 2015 from 12-Noon to 4:30 p.m. at Paramount Pictures, 5555 Melrose Avenue in Hollywood, CA 90038.

Casey McCabe, hit DJ for AMP Radio 97.1 FM will serve as the Event Emcee. Live Performances of Dance & Music from around the world, Celebrity Appearances, Family Art Workshops, Face Painting, Magic, Puppet Making and more!

The Children’s Festival of the Arts is a celebration of the arts and culture in Hollywood. Festivities will include performances featuring a variety of music, dance and entertainment from around the world. An assortment of art workshops led by professional artists will provide children with the opportunity to create their own art pieces as souvenirs. The event will include the appearances of child film and television celebrities, face painters and strolling costumed characters (including Bugs Bunny from Six Flags Magic Mountain).

“This wonderful annual event has become a family tradition,” remarked Hollywood Arts Council executive director Shauna McClure. “We’re celebrating the 30th anniversary of the festival and it is so special to have people who are experiencing the festival for the first time along with families who have been coming for generations.”

Performers this year include: USA Jump Stars Double Dutch, Plaza de la Raza Folklorico Ensemble, Stunt Kids Association of Hollywood, Bollywood fusion group Karmagraphy, Pasa de Oro Steps of Gold Dancers, Alfonso the Magician, and Everybody Dance from the Gabriella Foundation.

Celebrity Trick Roper Will Roberts will make a special guest appearance, actors from the Screen Actors Guild Foundation BookPals will be spinning tales and telling stories, Hollywood artists will be on hand to do face painting, and children can participate in the first Festival Hula-Hoop contest.

Special celebrity appearances include: Marcus Scribner and Miles Brown of “Black-ish”, Jason Drucker of Nickelodeon hit “Every Witch Way”, Caitlin Carmichael from “True Blood” and “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”, Victoria Grace from Every Witch Way, Austin Fryburger from Disney XD’s Kirby Buckets and Nickelodeon’s “Sam & Cat”, Trinitee Stokes from Disney’s “K.C. Undercover”, Ben Stillwell from Disney’s “Lab Rats”, “Teen Wolf” and “Murder in the First”, Bianca and Chiara d’Ambrosio from “Freak Out”, Thomas Barbusca, who stars with Bradley Cooper and Amy Poehler in the highly anticipated “Wet Hot American Summer”, actor and singer-songwriter Devon Werkheiser from “Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide”, Joey Luthman from Disney’s “Kickin’ It” and “Teen Zoltan”, Elise Luthman from Nickelodeon’s “Henry Danger”, and Jennifer Jolliff from “Switched at Birth” and “Call Back”.

The Festival is partially funded by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, along with generosity of other sponsors including: Paramount Pictures, AMP Radio 97.1 FM, Zimmer Children’s Museum, Hollywood Hotel, Screen Actors Guild Foundation, Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council, Central Hollywood Neighborhood Council, Green Truck, East Hollywood Neighborhood Council, Whole Foods, Los Angeles Zoo, Barnsdall Arts, Children’s Hospital LA, and Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell (partial list).

Food and drinks will be available for sale at the event.

Enter at Van Ness Gate, where there will be ample free parking on site.

For more information, call 323-462-2355. You can also follow the Hollywood Arts Council on Facebook and on Twitter at @HAcouncil.

The Hollywood Arts Council, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, is an action-oriented organization that works for the benefit of the Hollywood community through the arts. Founded in 1978 to insure that the arts play a vital role in the revitalization plans then underway, the Hollywood Arts Council has been providing service to the Hollywood community, and artists and arts organizations working in Hollywood for more than 37 years.
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HOLLYWOOD, CA (March 23, 2016) – Industry leaders who have made significant contributions to the arts and culture of Hollywood have been selected to receive special recognition at the upcoming 30th Annual Hollywood Arts Council Charlie Awards, an Evening Gala. The awards ceremony, a fundraiser that supports arts programs for underserved children in the Hollywood area, will be held Thursday, April 21st at the historic Hollywood Palladium. Television personality Laura McKenzie is the Honorary Chair of the event. Honorees include Buzzfeed Motion Pictures, Trailer Park, Allegro Entertainment, Cinespia/Hollywood Forever and the Hollywood History Museum in the Historic Max Factor Building.

“This is a very special year for the Charlie Awards as we celebrate not only the achievements of groundbreaking thinkers, artists and innovators like this year’s honorees,” said Shauna McClure, Executive Director of Hollywood Arts Council, “but also the 30th anniversary of the Charlie Awards.”

In addition to active arts advocacy and community art projects, the Hollywood Arts Council has invested in arts education for Hollywood’s most vulnerable population – at-risk and under-served children. Founded in 1978, Hollywood Arts Council offers a variety of community based programs including Project SOAR (Students Overcoming All Risks), free professionally led performing and visual arts workshops at area schools and the annual Children’s Festival of the Arts, a free, interactive, all-ages celebration of art from around the world.

“Expanding accessibility to the arts in Hollywood is central to the Council’s mission,” said David Warren, Chair of the Board of Trustees.  “We are looking to the next 30 years and how we can help the community engage with the changing landscape of Hollywood.”

Event sponsors as of this date are Live Nation, Hollywood Palladium, Associated Television International, Hollywood History Museum, Tito’s Vodka, Stella Artois and Walt Disney Studios. Kevin Weiler of Talent Plan is producing the ceremony that is expecting more than 600 art enthusiasts and community members to fete these organizations for their demonstrated commitment to the arts and their enrichment of Hollywood’s distinct cultural inheritance.

The Hollywood Arts Council 30th Annual Charlie Awards Gala is on Thursday, April 21st at 7:00 PM at the historic Hollywood Palladium. The event is open to the public. Tickets are $150 each and include light bites, entertainment and hosted bar. To purchase tickets or for more information call (323) 462-2355 or visit

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Hollywood – (September 28, 2015) The Hollywood Arts Council will present the 5th Annual Spirit of Old Hollywood Gala on Sunday, October 25th at the historic Villa Carlotta on Franklin Avenue in Hollywood from 6 – 9:30pm.

Central to the evening’s festivities are guided ghost tours of the historic property led by international celebrity psychic and medium Patti Negri. “The Villa Carlotta has such a rich history. My initial visit to the property was incredible – it promises to be a very active night indeed,” remarked Negri, who was recently voted number one psychic in the United States. “The Carlotta has been home to so many celebrities from Hollywood’s Golden Age – we are thrilled to have the opportunity to host this event in this magical place.” Negri is chair of the event and a trustee of the Hollywood Arts Council.

The historic Villa Carlotta was home to actor Edward G. Robinson, producer David O. Selznick, director George Cukor, writer and famed gossip columnist Louella Parsons, actress Marion Davies and architect Wallace Neff. Rickie Lee Jones was a longtime resident, and Jim Morrison of the Doors used to pen poetry and songs in the courtyard. Louella Parsons wrote her popular gossip column from her two-bedroom town home there.

In addition to the ghost tours, the spirited evening includes gourmet food and beverages, and live music featuring the Hollywood Rhythm Kings. David Warren, chair of the Hollywood Arts Council’s board of trustees noted the event, now in its fifth year, is fast gaining momentum, “In addition to increasing membership and raising awareness of the work of the Council, this is truly one of the most fun, unique and exciting events in Hollywood,” said Warren. Tickets for the evening affair are $100, and include membership in the Hollywood Arts Council, all food and drink, the ghost tour and the opportunity to bid on a silent auction to win a seat for a séance conducted by Ms. Negri. Members of the Hollywood Arts Council are offered admission for a discounted rate of $75. Old Hollywood glamour period or Film Noir attire is suggested, and prizes are awarded for best dressed. Space will be limited.

Tickets are available by phoning the Council office at (323)462-2355 or online through Eventbrite at 5thannualspiritofhollywood.eventbrite. The Hollywood Arts Council, a 501( c )3 non-profit, is an action-oriented organization that works for the benefit of the Hollywood community through the arts. Founded in 1978 to insure that the arts play a vital role in revitalization plans then underway, the Hollywood Arts Council has been providing programs and advocacy to the Hollywood community, and artists and arts organizations working in Hollywood for nearly four decades.