Angela Masini, PhD, President
Juan Carlos Arroyo, Treasurer
Juan Carlos Arroyo, Secretary
Staff and Volunteers
Wanda I. MacAuley, Casa Hola Manager
Coral Getino, Grants Manager
Angela Masini, Coordinator - First Friday Exhibits
HoLa started in 1992 and it is the oldest grassroots Latino non-profit organization. Chartered in 2003, it is now a 501(c)(3) charity. Its mission is to promote unity in the community by creating art, cultural and communication bridges between Latinos and the larger community; and by encouraging education, participation and leadership.
HoLa has contributed to the cultural life of the Knoxville area through its varied educational and cultural programs. It is possibly best known for its annual celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, which takes place from September 15 until October 15 and for HoLa Festival, the highlight of this month-long celebrations.
Since 2010, with the opening of Casa HoLa at the Emporium Building, in the heart of Knoxville's art district, we have been able to offer cultural and educational programs year-round. Casa HoLa has become a hub of Latino art, where photographs, paintings, ceramics, and folk art have co-existed for the enjoyment of Hispanics and non-Hispanics alike. Monthly films, and the discussions that follow provide for a fun and stimulating cultural exchange.
We presently have one salaried staff member, and many dedicated volunteers. In 2012 HoLa was instrumental to the inauguration of a Civil War Trail Marker at Admiral Farragut's Birthplace in Knox County, in honor of his Hispanic Heritage.
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