More than 6,000 people engage with The Huntington’s collections each year through active community partnerships with organizations in Los Angeles and the surrounding area. At The Huntington, we see community engagement as a critical way to build a more inclusive cultural institution.
If you’d like to learn about partnering with The Huntington, contact [email protected].
If you are a nonprofit and would like to request a donation for an auction or charity event, submit your online request for two general admission passes.
A Place Called Home
A Place Called Home is an organization based in South Central Los Angeles that was founded in 1993. Its mission is to provide a safe, nurturing environment with programs in the arts, education, and wellness to help youth improve their economic conditions and develop healthy, fulfilling, and purposeful lives. The Huntington began collaborating with APCH in 2018, specifically with its urban agricultural and gardening department, social entrepreneurship, and arts programs. Most recently, The Huntington partnered with the Hammer Museum to deliver 300 art kits to APCH families.
Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA)
HOLA provides underserved youth with free, exceptional programs in academics, arts, and athletics within a nurturing environment, empowering them to develop their potential, pursue their education, and strengthen their communities. HOLA’s staff are teaching artists who have attended pedagogical retreats at The Huntington. The Huntington also supports HOLA’s visual arts curriculum, which has included workshops with artists Mario Ybarra Jr. and Carolina Caycedo (a /five collaboration). The Huntington’s botanical gardens were the inspiration for HOLA’s 2020 student art show.
Founded in 2008, the Pablove Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of children living with cancer through the arts. The foundation also funds pediatric cancer research. In 2017, it piloted the advanced photography program Shutterbugs at The Huntington. This program is designed to help teenagers develop their creative voice through photography, with The Huntington’s botanical and arts collections serving as inspiration for their work. The Huntington supports Pablove’s Shutterbugs and Fundamental of Photography programs, hosting the end-of-program graduation celebrations and showcasing Pablove photographers’ work in the Mapel Orientation Gallery. Most recently, Pablove photography was part of The Huntington’s Funtington program.
Within a community of women writers, WriteGirl promotes creativity and self-expression to empower girls and nonbinary youth. Through workshops, readings, publications, and mentoring relationships with professional women writers, WriteGirl offers teens techniques and insights into poetry, songwriting, fiction, journalism, and more. WriteGirl has been a part of The Huntington’s community partnerships program for many years, bringing teens to write with their mentors throughout the gardens, Library, and art galleries. Most recently, WriteGirl poetry was showcased as part of The Funtington.