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.

Check back on a later date to see details on the upcoming Children’s Festival of the Arts!


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Industry leaders who have made significant contributions to the arts and culture of Hollywood were selected to receive special recognition at the 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, was held on Thursday, April 21st at the historic Hollywood Palladium. Television personality Laura McKenzie served as the Honorary Chair of the event. Honorees included 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, former 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 were Live Nation, Hollywood Palladium, Associated Television International, Siren Studios, Allegro Entertainment, Hollywood History Museum, Palladium Residencies, Paramount Pictures, Trailer Park, Tito’s Vodka, Stella Artois, Banc of California, Walt Disney Studios, Hollywood Forever, Citizen M Hotels, Lefrak Organization, Avison Young, and Proper Parking. Kevin Weiler of Talent Plan produced the ceremony with hundreds of art enthusiasts and community members gathering together 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 was on Thursday, April 21st at 7:00 PM at the historic Hollywood Palladium. The event was open to the public. Tickets were $150 each and include light bites, entertainment and hosted bar.

Check back at a later date to learn more about the upcoming Spirit of Old Hollywood fundraiser!


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The Hollywood Arts Council was recently the beneficiary of Dr. Robby Gordon’s Hollywood Gallery and Sculpture Garden on July 10!

Guests ate, drank and enjoyed the magical Alice in Wonderland experience that Dr. Robby created for art lovers in Hollywood Hills.  The generous donations collected directly go to support the Hollywood Arts Council’s mission to nurture the arts in the Hollywood community!


The Hollywood Arts Council proudly partners with the Hollywood Chamber Orchestra every single year to support musical art in Hollywood.

The Hollywood Chamber Orchestra music directors Noah Gladstone and Mark Robertson announced that Emmy-winning composer Jeff Beal will conduct the world premiere of his acclaimed score to the 2013 documentary film Blackfish, live-to-picture, on Friday, July 1, 2016, at the Montalbán Theater in Hollywood.


The Charlie Awards are the Hollywood Arts Council way to honor and recognize our partners in the Hollywood community for supporting and nurturing the arts.

This year the Charlie Awards were held on Thursday, April 21st 2016 and was sponsored by Live Nation, Hollywood Palladium, Associated Television International, Siren Studios, Allegro Entertainment, Hollywood History Museum, Palladium Residencies, Paramount Pictures, Trailer Park, Tito’s Vodka, Stella Artois, Banc of California, Walt Disney Studios, Hollywood Forever, Citizen M Hotels, Lefrak Organization, Avison Young, and Proper Parking