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Malibu camp supports HIV/AIDS-affected youth

Staff Report
2:38 pm PDT August 4, 2014

Approximately 80 children impacted by HIV/AIDS will have the opportunity Aug. 11-17 to explore arts disciplines through the guidance of entertainment industry professionals through Camp Hollywood HEART, located in Malibu.

A hilltop gala performance will occur at 7 p.m. on Aug. 16 at Camp Gindling in Malibu.

An organization that strives to improve the lives of HIV/AIDS-affected children, Hollywood HEART derives its acronym from what it strives to provide to such children: hope, education, arts, recreation and teamwork.

The 19th annual week­-long interactive arts program gives children the opportunity to explore one of seven arts, including acting, creative writing, culinary arts, documentary filmmaking, fashion, music and visual arts.

“This will be a beautiful week when campers are flown across the United States to received guidance from mentors,” said Kara Mondino, the organization’s executive director. 

Led by professional artists and mentors, the 80 campers enjoy comprehensive instruction and training in their chosen art. Among these artists include Steven Hillenberg – creator of Spongebob Squarepants – Jamar Rogers – a finalist of NBC’s “The Voice” – and actors as well as television personalities such as David Arquette and Nicole Richie. 

In addition to arts electives, campers participate in a career info fair where they receive guidance on college and professional development. The week culminates in a professionally produced live performance and gala in which campers showcase their artistic vision. 

Hollywood HEART is a Pasadena-based nonprofit organization committed to empowering youth through education and exploration of the arts.

For more information or to RSVP to the gala performance, call (626) 795-9645, email info@HollywoodHeart.org or visit www.HollywoodHeart.org.