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artworxLA, formally The HeArt Project, combats L.A.'s epidemic high school dropout crisis with a long-term, sequential arts program.

artworxLA envisions a world where all students graduate from high school, thrive into adulthood, and contribute to society with their unique creativity. artworxLA aims to connect teens with art and the community that inspires them to stay in school and use creativity to rise from difficult circumstances.

Company Overview:
artworxLA, formally The HeArt Project, is a 501(c)(3) public charity that combats the high school drop out crisis with a long-term, sequential arts program. artworxLA provides educational resources, connects students to a supportive network of mentors and cultural partners, and invests human and financial resources to ensure their success. Our goal is to engage LA’s most vulnerable students with rigorous art programs.

Founded in 1992, artworxLA is a Non-profit Organization dedicated to reengaging LA’s most vulnerable students through comprehensive and continual art programs.

The Hollywood Media Arts Academy (HMAA) is representative of artworxLA’s commitment to building a future for L.A. youth. Completing its third academic year, the Academy gives students access to artworxLA’s “ladder” as well as an additional eight hours a week of arts programming. Nine students graduated in June 2013 and another five students by December 2013. HMAA’s enrollment is the highest it has ever been and the school is at capacity (50 students), with a waiting list. HMAA is now a designated Career Technical Education school, adhering to rigorous state guidelines for media arts.

artworxLA / The Hollywood Media Arts Academy (HMAA) is proud to be part of California’s “Linked Learning” – a high school improvement approach that combines academics, career technical education, and real world experience in industry-themed pathways.

In January 2013, the Los Angeles County Office of Education received a grant to become one of 20 Linked Learning Pilot Districts in the state, and HMAA was selected as one of two community day schools to implement the program. Focused on providing students with the relevant tools and skills to contribute in a society rich in new media, the program provides a career track for young people aspiring toward art and design-related careers.

General Information:
Cynthia Campoy Brophy founded The HeArt Project in 1992 as a response to the lack of arts education programs available for LA teens. After more than two decades, extensive program expansion, and a name change (now artworxLA), we continue to bring art to teenagers at the highest risk of dropping out. The top reason students give for dropping out of high school is lack of engagement. A key engager to reinvigorating students in their education is the arts. We have seen the impact it has had on so many students, and we know art works. 15 full time staff members along with several volunteer artists work together to inspire these teens.

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