Online Programming 2020

Hollywood HEART is going online this summer!

For the first time in the history of our organization, we are ecstatic to offer online programming this summer. Join us this year as we gather around the virtual campfire, use Zoom as our campgrounds, and connect across the country to celebrate the arts! Find out how online programming will work and how to register in our Frequently Asked Questions below.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Online Programming?

This year, in light of COVID-19, we’re taking the magic of Hollywood HEART online. Over the summer, we’re offering 8-weeks of online arts education. Each of our seven disciplines (Acting, Creative Writing, Culinary Arts, Dance, Filmmaking, Music and Visual Arts) will be offered via Zoom. This is your opportunity to connect with fellow artists, explore the arts and come together as a community this summer!

I’ve been to Camp Hollywood HEART, how will this be different?

In so many ways, Online Programming is very similar to Camp Hollywood HEART! You’ll see some familiar faces in the participants and in the teaching artists, we’ll explore self-expression and self-confidence through the arts, we’ll have some serious laughs along the way, and we’ll create a safe space for us all to just be ourselves! Yes, we won’t all be together at gorgeous Californian campgrounds, but we also won’t have to worry about mosquitos! Our #1 goal is to create the magic of camp this summer!

If you’re new to Camp Hollywood HEART, we cannot wait for you to join our community!

How much does Online Programming cost?

Online programming is 100% cost-free to our participants, thanks to a grant from the California Arts Council. We believe arts education is fundamental, and we don’t want anything to stand in the way of creativity.

What are the dates and details?

We’ve divided the summer into two sessions, and split our seven disciplines between the two sessions.

Session 1: June 22, 2020 – July 17, 2020

  • Acting
  • Dance
  • Creative Writing

Session 2: July 20, 2020 – August 14, 2020

  • Culinary Arts
  • Filmmaking
  • Music
  • Visual Arts

Each session meets for 4 weeks, on the days and times listed below!

How will Online Programming work?

Online Programming will take place over Zoom! Each week, our amazing Hollywood HEART teaching artists will meet with their program participants for approximately 90-minutes to explore their art discipline. Our intimate online classrooms are the perfect place to explore the arts.

How do I sign up?

Keep scrolling down – registration information is below!

I want to register for ALL session and disciplines, can I do that?

We kindly ask that you limit your registration to one discipline per session. Pick your favorite from Session 1 and Session 2, and we cannot wait to see you there.

If you are interested in participating in more than one discipline per session, register for your #1 choice, and email your secondary choices to, we’ll do our best to accommodate you!

Are there technological requirements for participating in Online Programming?

The only things you’ll need to participate in online summer programming is an internet connection and an internet-enabled device with a camera – a smartphone is perfect! Zoom works on phones, tablets and computers.

If your interested in participating and have any questions on technological requirements, you can reach out to for more information!

What ages can participate?

We offer programming for young people ages 10-22.  You’ll find the age requirements in the course descriptions below! If you are outside of an age-range for a specific course, email to see if there’s flexibility in the age range!

I’m worried I can’t make every session!

We understand that personal schedules are complicated right now. If you have any questions about attendance, email!

I’m concerned about the “online” part of programming. How will you keep my child/participant safe on Zoom?

This is a tremendously important question, and one we take very seriously. For 25 years, Hollywood HEART has strived to build safe environments, free of stigma and judgment, and we plan to do the same for our Online Programming. We’ve brought a Zoom Project Manager onto our team to ensure everyone’s safety from the beginning. All Zoom meetings will require a password, and no unknown names or accounts will be allowed to participate. We will have at least 3 adults in every session (the Zoom Project Manager, the Teaching Artist, and a volunteer counselor) to ensure group safety as well. All students will be asked to turn their camera on for the session, and the chat function will only be used at the Teaching Artist’s discretion. We will also be providing a standardized digital background to use in our Zoom classrooms.

Should you have any questions about our practices, please reach out to

Registration Information

Session 2: Registration is now closed

If you are interested in a late registration for Session 2 programming, email, and we’ll do our best to accommodate you!


Join Chef Lovely for a hands-on cooking class focusing on nutrition, professional cooking techniques & skills, money & time-saving tips for the kitchen, and grocery shopping experiences. Explore the culinary arts while learning practical tips you can share with your friends and family! 

Session 2

Ages 15-22

Tuesdays: 4pm-5:30pm Pacific [7pm-8:30pm Eastern]


Tell Your Own Story: In this 4-week online video storytelling camp, you’ll learn to use the latest mobile filmmaking apps and techniques for your smartphone. We’ll focus on helping you express your unique artistic voice to script, film and edit your own 1-3 minute film to share with our creative community. You will join new and established filmmakers making great films using a mobile device without needing expensive gear. 

Session 2

Ages 12-17

Tuesdays: 3:30pm-5:00pm Pacific [6:30pm-8:00pm Eastern]


Music participants will explore their craft via individual vocal coaching sessions and a group masterclass with our incredible teaching artists, Rickey Payton, Sr. and Jordan Duke. This is the perfect discipline for anyone looking to work with a vocal coach to explore music performance and to deepen their connection to music through performance and appreciation. Participants will gain insights into the music industry, and explore music appreciation together. 

Session 2

Ages 12-17

Meeting times: 

  • Wednesdays (individual coachings) from 4pm-6pm Pacific [7pm-9pm Eastern].
  • Thursdays (masterclass) from 4pm – 5:30pm Pacific [7pm – 8:30pm Eastern].


Please note that music meets twice per week. Your session on Wednesday will last approximately 30 minutes and will be scheduled in advance.

Visual Arts

Portraiture: Beyond the Selfie (ages 10-15)

Interested in learning how composition, light, shape, color, and form all create a portrait? Don’t know what most of that means? That’s ok, come learn why some images grab you and others don’t; learn to make images instead of taking them…and how to take some bomb selfies along the way. 

Session 2

Ages 10-15

Meeting Times: Mondays at 3:30pm – 5:00pm Pacific [6:30 – 8:00pm Eastern]


The Photo-Story: Documenting the World YOU Live In (ages 16-22)

Learn the semiotics of imagery and how to construct a photo story utilizing a variety of camera techniques and image-making styles along with the sequencing of images. Learn how to tell YOUR story YOUR way.

Session 2

Ages 16-22

Meeting Times: Wednesdays at 3:30pm – 5:00pm Pacific [6:30 – 8:00pm Eastern]

Registration Information

Session 1: Registration is now closed

If you are interested in a late registration for Session 1 programming, email And be sure to look at our Session 2 programming! 


Join Tawanna on a four-week acting journey in which you use your body and voice – the sacred tools of a thespian aka an actor – to express and explore the topics of today. Let’s have our say through play! The current events of our world – COVID-19 and a global protest – have rendered us all full of emotions ranging from frustration to fear to sadness to relief to excitement to hope.  Allow acting to give you a platform to express your personal artistry as a form of activism. Our approach will be using social-emotional learning, with an emphasis on meeting our participants right where they are at – physically, mentally, and emotionally. Come and join a community where creativity and collaboration are a MUST!

Session 1   

Mondays (ages 10-14): 3:30pm – 5pm Pacific [6:30pm – 8:00pm Eastern]

Wednesdays (ages 15-22): 3:30pm – 5pm Pacific [6:30pm – 8:00pm Eastern]

Creative Writing

In the Creative Writing Workshop, participants will be exposed to a variety of types of writing and provide opportunities to create their own content. We will primarily focus on poetry, spoken word, and essay writing. The heart of the workshop is peer critique sessions.

Session 1   

Ages 16-22

Thursdays: 3:30pm – 5pm Pacific [6:30pm – 8:00pm Eastern]