Over $11.4 million secured for HOLA’s Capital Campaign and New Arts & Recreation Center!




Fantastic News! We’re so proud to announce how so close we now are to wrapping up our $13 million Capital Campaign. To-date, HOLA has raised $8,412,037 in cash/pledges, including three recent major gifts from Brook and Pam Smith, The Walt Disney Company and the Wasserman Family Foundation.  Recent facilitation of a connection to the County storm drain by our friends at the Department of Public Works and the office of Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas has also resulted in significant savings to the project. These supports were leveraged along with New Market Tax Credits and as a result, HOLA will have $11.44 million to spend on the construction of an all new Arts and Recreation Center, now scheduled to open it’s doors in the spring of 2018.

HOLA’s new Arts and Recreation Center will be a 25,000-foot state-of-the-art facility. The new Center will consist of modular structures, the majority of modulars built from single use shipping containers which have been converted to custom-designed activity rooms, community rooms, music rooms and creative lab spaces. Innovatively using containers drastically reduces the overall construction period while these recycled structures meet some of the highest “green standards,” greatly enhancing the building’s energy efficiency and reducing HOLA’s operating costs.

Through our innovative partnership with the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, once again, all of the resources acquired are leveraged to help ensure that the over 300 families on HOLA’s waitlists quarterly, are able to access critical programs and services like the YOLA at HOLA Orchestra Program in partnership with the LA Phil, STEAM classes and a variety of recreational opportunities.

This new Center will provide hundreds more families each year with the hope and opportunities they seek to realize their dreams,

says CEO, Tony Brown.


“HOLA has helped me to graduate high school when I had fallen off the right path, though through the music program, I was given my third chance at redemption and because of it, I reentered high school, graduated and I’m now a first generation college student. This new center will allow more kids to have their shot at redemption and they chance to pursue their own dreams, says HOLA Music Alumni, Miguel.

We can complete this campaign by the end of summer with your support, and we hope that you will please join us as we transform the community together.

We invite you to make a lasting impact on the next generation of HOLA youth as we double our capacity with the construction of our new facility! Become part of this legacy, today, by contributing to the Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA)'s Capital Campaign.

None of this would be possible without Leadership Support from

Mary and Dan James, the Ezralow Family, Tom and Dana Riccard, the Roth Family Foundation,  The W.M. Keck Foundation, The Ahmanson Foundation, The Surdna Foundation, the Jerry and Terri Kohl Family Foundation, the Brook and Pam Smith Family Foundation, The Walt Disney Company, the Johnny Carson Foundation, the Burberry Foundation, HOLA's Board of Directors, Dan Floyd, The Rosenthal Foundation, the Wasserman Foundation, the Ruch Family and many more wonderfully generous supporters.