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Fresh Focus & Shakespeare Challenge

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Fresh Focus: A New Shot at Life

Our Photography program encourages at-risk youth to shoot with cameras, not with guns, to use their critical eye to evaluate, and through their eyes help educate others about their community. With digital technology and visual communication tools, this program incorporates multiple levels of learning in an Arts/Technology liaison, and connects children and youth living in economically distressed areas with their surroundings. The program advances computer and digital skills that will help students in the future job market. Participants re-view their lives, and discover a powerful voice for expression. Possibly for the first time, students see their neighborhoods, friends and family in a new light, finding beauty in their everyday lives, and utilize their photographs and voices to transform their vision for the future. Exhibition viewing, both in person and online, is incorporated into the class.

Learn more by clicking HERE.

Shakespeare Challenge

“Shakespeare Challenge” is a program that utilizes Shakespearean drama to inspire students in the study of vocabulary, history, culture, and stagecraft, as well as to promote skills in creative movement, group cooperation, teamwork and conflict resolution. Students explore the historical context of Shakespeare’s plays, discussing the life and times of Shakespeare and his contemporaries while learning scansion, stage combat and Elizabethan movement. Instructors involve students in comparing various aspects of contemporary life with circumstances within the plays. Students prepare for specific scenes as well as fully produced performances. Each student has the opportunity to play multiple roles, encouraging all participants to challenge themselves, acquiring new confidence and understanding of the human condition.



Many hands make light work! City Hearts can use your time and talents leading up to and at our events such as the Shakespeare Challenge, Recital & Photography Exhibit (in the spring), and the FRESH FOCUS photography auction (in the fall).

Board of Directors

Get to know City Hearts from the inside, and help our organization run effectively and efficiently by joining our board of directors. Use our contact form to get in touch by clicking here.

Junior Board & Community Service

If you are a middle or high school student, please consider joining the Junior Board – click here for more information. Volunteering for City Hearts can also count toward your Community Service hours.

City Hearts Office

There are always projects to dig into at our Topanga office. Plus you get to hang out with our fabulous staff!



Ways To Give

Click the Donate Now button above!

Join our Membership Circle and make a monthly donation of your choice, charged to your credit card (also through button above).

Make a gift of stock or add us to your estate planning. Please call the office at (310) 455-2898 and we will be happy to assist you.

Perhaps your employer has a matching program for donations. Please contact City Hearts at and we can help you find out.

Make a donation in honor of a loved one as a gift for holidays, birthdays, weddings, etc. Please provide their name and mailing address in your order, and we will mail them a card letting them know a donation has been made in their honor.

Legacy donations may also be made in memory of those departed.

What Does Your Donation Pay For?

$25 Kid’s Membership: Pays for one child to attend class

$50 Teen’s Membership: Pays for art supplies for one month of classes for 15 children

$100 Adult Sponsor: Buys journals for students in the Dance+Math program

$250 Benefactor: Provides funds for dance shoes for 15 students in the Dance for Life program

$500 Honorarium: Pays for photography supplies for teens in the Fresh Focus photography program

$1000 Bronze Heart: Sponsors 10 children in arts education workshops for homeless families

$2,500 Silver Heart: Provides for 15 students to take weekly classes in the World Music program.

$5,000 Gold Heart: Provides for 15 students to take twice weekly classes in the Shakespeare Challenge program

$10,000 Platinum Heart: Sponsors 200 children for 12 weeks of classes in specialized Arts and Literacy curriculum