ABOUT PROJECT SOAR
Project SOAR is the Council’s arts education initiative providing in-class arts program 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. The Hollywood Arts Council provides the workshops at no cost to the schools or students.
The fundamental principles of the Project SOAR 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.
Project SOAR 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. more than 2,000 students in the Hollywood area, the majority of which live in under-served areas of Council Districts 4, 5, and 13 of greater Hollywood.
Melrose Elementary School
Cheremoya Elementary School
Grant Elementary School
Micheltorena Elementary School