Getting Started

Where is HOPE Center for the Arts located?

  • 295 E Yale Loop, Irvine,CA 92604
  • Office Number: (714) 778-4440
  • Email: info@hope4arts.org
  • Monday-Friday: 8:00am - 4:00pm

What is the difference between Hi Hopes Identity Discovery Foundation, INC and HOPE Center for the Arts?

HOPE Center for the Arts officially changed to this name in 2018. Hi Hopes Identity Discovery Foundation, Inc. was the former legal name of our nonprofit program.

Program Questions

How does a typical day run?

Onsite there are three classes per day. Onsite there are three classes per day. Each class is 50 – 60 minutes long with a 10 minute break in between. There is a 1 hour lunch period, 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM.

*We are currently offering classes over Zoom Monday-Friday! Please contact us if you’d like to learn more. info@hope4arts.org

How is the schedule laid out?

Each day is different to provide a wider variety of curriculum for our artists. HOPE currently offering Remote Services only. Example of schedule:

Do you serve hot lunches?

No, artists bring their own lunches. Microwaves are available to be used with supervision from the staff. We also have a student store which offers a variety of food items.

Do you operate year round?

Yes, observing recognized national holidays.

What is your staff to student ratio?

Onsite ratio is 1:8. Remote services vary.

Is having talent in the arts required for admittance?

No, however having a strong interest in the arts is required!

Do you have residential facilities?

No, we are strictly a day program.

Do you have a multilingual staff?

We have staff with language skills that speak: English and Spanish.

Do artists go out into the community?

Periodic enrichment field trips are taken 4-5 times per year. Performance groups entertain in community outreach performance.

Student Service Questions

What are the fewest number of days an artist can attend HOPE?

In order for Artists to obtain the full benefits of HOPE it is prefered for our Artists to attend no less than 3 or more days a week. Although we will consider less in certain circumstances.

What ages do you serve?

We serve individuals 22 years old or older.

What disabilities do you serve?

HOPE serves adults with developmental and INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES such as, but not limited to: Autism, Down Syndrome, Williams Syndrome, among many others. Individuals must be ambulatory, capable of handling all of their personal needs and have no current aggressive behaviors.

Is there a fee to attend?

We bill the appropriate Regional Center once a month for every day the artist attends. If you are an individual who is not affiliated through a regional center, you may pay individually, please contact us for further information. info@hope4arts.org

Which Regional Centers are you currently funded through?

Orange County, Westside, San Gabriel/Pomona and Harbor.

Do you provide transportation?

No, we don’t directly provide transportation. Arrangements for transportation can be made through your Regional Center with either Accesses or Western Transit. Another option is family transportation or public transportation.

What is the enrollment process?

Enroll as an artist:

1. Contact your case manager/service coordinator, informing them of your interest in HOPE.

2. Your case manager/service coordinator contacts our Student Services Coordinator, to set up an initial tour of our program. All visits/tours/classes will be virtual until otherwise notified Plan to attend with either a caregiver or your case manager/service coordinator.

3. After the initial tour, if you are interested in attending HOPE, inform your case manager/service coordinator who will assist you in scheduling a formal minimum two-day assessment at HOPE.

4. Upon acceptance, the first 90 days of enrollment are a trial period. This gives you an opportunity to fully integrate into the program. Upon successful completion of the trial period, we will meet to talk about your experience and to establish your personal goals, as they relate to your interests at HOPE.