learn / 2016

Save the Art Programs in the Art Capital's Schools!

Save the Art Programs in the Art Capital's Schools!

Idea submitted in the My LA2050 Grants Challenge by Hollywood Arts Council

As an art capital of the world, Hollywood needs and deserves more art programs for the children in its LAUSD schools.


Are any other organizations collaborating on this proposal?

Cheremoya Elementary, Grant Elementary, and Melrose Elementary

Please describe your project proposal.

‘In the same city celebrated as the epicenter for film and music — where a gilded entertainment industry churns and draws talent from around the world — a vast majority of schools don’t have adequate arts programs.’ (LA Times) This grant will ensure the students at three local elementary schools experience the joy of creative movement, photography or visual arts workshops provided free of charge by the Hollywood Arts Council. We will also be able to expand this program in other schools.

Which of the learn metrics will your proposal impact?​

  • District-wide graduation rates
  • Proficiency in English and Language Arts and Math
  • Early education
  • Students’ perceived sense of safety at and on the way to school
  • Suspension and expulsion rates
  • Truancy rates in elementary and middle schools
  • Youth unemployment and underemployment

In what areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

  • Central LA

Describe in greater detail how your proposal will make LA the best place to learn?

Project S.O.A.R. (Students Overcoming All Risks) is the Hollywood Arts Council’s program providing inclass arts workshops. The Hollywood Arts Council provides these workshops at no cost to students in Hollywood’s public elementary schools. Project S.O.A.R. offer a variety of performing and visual arts programs, led by professional artists who are matched with each school based on need and curriculum. 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. As the only Arts Council in the city of Los Angeles, the Hollywood Arts Council offers a strong, independent voice for promoting a vibrant cultural community by empowering, facilitating and advocating for the arts. We are guided by the belief that the arts revitalize people as well as communities. Keeping these kids in arts programs and out of danger gives them a great chance to hone their craft as well as expand their mind. With little to no arts programs funding in LAUSD, the Hollywood Arts Council is one of few charities that expands each child’s creativity with these programs. These programs pinpoint the future of LA’s creators and collaborators and help them flourish in their craft.

Please explain how you will define and measure success for your project.​

Knowing that each child is given the art supplies and teachers for every program will ensure our success as well as keeping them out of trouble.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed?

  • Money
  • Publicity/awareness