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The Hollywood Arts Council was founded in 1978 as a grassroots membership organization open to all who believed that the arts and culture of Hollywood must play a role in the lives of residents and visitors. With more than 500 community-based members (individuals, businesses and organizations) and many successful projects, the Council has an impressive track record of service.



The Hollywood Arts Council is a voice for advocacy in the community, and continues its work in Hollywood and beyond through our events and programs. Through the years, the Hollywood Arts Council has nurtured the arts and our community in a number of ways:


Current programs:


Children's Festival of the Arts (since 1985)

Charlie Awards (since 1986)

Project SOAR (since 1996)

Spirit of Old Hollywood (since 2012)

Look below for more milestones in Hollywood Arts Council's history!



  • 2016: Council partners with SPARC and the Department of Cultural Affairs to restore the Dolores Del Rio mural on Hudson Ave.

  • 2014-2015: Council inaugurates “Stayin’ Live” live theatre retention initiative

  • 2012-present: Council hosts membership salons including the Spirit of Old Hollywood Gala



  • 2007: Council secures Historic Landmark status for 1904 Orchard Gables Property

  • 2007:  Council restores You Are The Star mural with support from LA/CRA

  • 2005:  Co-sponsor with City of Los Angeles of first International Music Conference

  • 2002: Council sponsors Hollywood Bound Women Photographers International photo Exhibit at the Hollywood Library.

  • 2001-2004: Council partners with Hollywood Beautification Team, creating Hollywood Walk of Fame Night Gallery with support from Hollywood Historic Trust and the LA/CRA.

  • 2000-2001: Council raises $40,000 for Barnsdall Art Park sign project; dedicated December 2011



  • 1998-1999: Council’s CityWalk Arts Fair held at Universal CityWalk.

  • 1996-present:  Project SOAR After-School Arts Program, professionally-led performing and visual arts workshops at Hollywood area elementary schools; serving more than 1,500 children each year since 2001.

  • 1996-2009:  Arts Roundtable convenes quarterly to network area arts organizations.

  • 1995-2006: Annual Pilgrimage Concert, at LA County’s John Anson Ford Amphitheatre raises funds for Council youth programs.

  • 1995-2001: Council champions Eloy Torrez Legends of Cinema mural project.

  • 1993: Holidays in Hollywood artists decorate boulevard windows for Christmas holiday.

  • 1993: Armenian and Russian Artists Symposium provides much-needed information to immigrant artists.

  • 1991-1997: Annual Hollywood Bowl Arts Fair with L. A. Philharmonic Association.



  • 1987: The Arts Council goes national and international! Hollywood: A Town Remembered video wins Houston Film Festival award and is placed in the Hollywood Time Capsule at 100th Birthday celebration.

  • 1987-1996: Council and Hollywood Chamber of Commerce co-sponsor Hollywood Arts Affair art show at historic Crossroads of the World.

  • 1986-present: The Annual Charlie Awards recognizes contributions to Hollywood through arts and culture.

  • 1985: An explosion of Council projects include a Noontime Concert Series, Hollywood Arts Fair, Senior’s Art Show, and Picture Hollywood Photo Exhibit.

  • 1985-present: Annual Children’s Festival of the Arts free art workshops and performance at Paramount Pictures the 2nd Sunday of August draws thousands each year.

  • 1985-2006: Hollywood Entertainment Center, entertains 20,000 LA Marathon runners

  • 1983-1986: Jazz Concerts honor Harry “Sweets” Edison, Shelley Mann & Stan Getz.

  • 1982-1994:  Festive banners proclaiming Hollywood Is A Summer Festival of The Arts decorate Hollywood Boulevard each summer.

  • Picture Hollywood Photographic Exhibit travels to Biarritz, France.



  • 1979-2011: Continually involved advocating arts in community planning issues and founding member of CRA Hollywood Art Design Advisory Panel (HADAP) (1992-2011).

  • 1979, 1981,1985: Hollywood Theatour, where busloads of urban explorers tour legitimate theatres.

  • 1978: Street Entertainment Project, featuring performers from saxophone players to sword swallowers along Hollywood Boulevard.

  • 1978: The Hollywood Arts Council is founded

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