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Lynn's Year-End Reflection

Thursday, December 22, 2011 at 11:01AM

Dear friends and artists young and...older,

As the year comes to a close I wanted to thank every one of you who have made made Venice Arts such a wonderful organization, in particular, the talented youth in our programs, our dedicated teaching artists and mentors, and our supporters.

As a community, we have so much to be proud of: being honored by the President's Commission on the Arts and Humanities as one of the best arts education programs in the country; enrolling 400 kids across all of our programs and projects; accommodating 120 youth in our Summer Media Arts Camp; filling 9 internship placements for our Advanced Studies students, including special projects for the Venice Family Clinic and Hollygrove; and launching a two-year pilot program in Southern Merced County.

As proud as I am, personally, of Venice Arts' progress, I know that our story is best told by our accomplished young artists and their mentors. So, I invite you to forgo reading the rest of my letter and, instead, explore our wonderful, new website. Or, use this opportunity to make a meaningful, year-end gift and donate, here. Only $60 supports a child in a workshop; $300 provides a full week in Media Arts Camp.

Want to learn more about this extraordinary year? Keep reading...

If you visit us in 2012, the first thing you'll notice is that we have doubled our space thanks, in part, to the generosity of Board member Bob Hayward of Summit Entertainment. We will be adding classrooms and expanding our darkroom (we love film!), upgrading our labs and equipment, and adding a pocket garden. Inspired by the changes, we are putting the finishing touches on our 2012 Gallery & Public Programs schedule of exhibitions, workshops, screenings, and performances. If you'd like to receive early notification, or are interested in renting space, contact Program Manager Elysa Voshell.

We have also been busy with consultation and training services. We curated an exhibit of Hong Kong youths' photography for the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation at the Hong Kong Arts Centre and worked for a second year on curriculum development and artist training, including hosting Hong Kong Teaching Artists in L.A. Next year, we will be collaborating on a project that creatively links Hong Kong and Los Angeles youth.

This fall, we released the beta version of our Online Library, stocking it with over 200 teaching resources. It forms the online core of a newly designed Teaching Artist Training Program, provided free to our artistic faculty. We invite you to join the library. Tell us what you think! Your feedback will be critical to Library v.2.

Finally, in 2011 our Institute for Photographic Empowerment (IPE), a collaboration with USC's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, featured great work online by participant-photographers from around the world, and shared interesting research in the field. We also worked on the launch of a first-ever Minor in the field and are in our second year hosting USC student interns through the gracious support of Jon Samet, Medical Director of the Global Health Institute.

Thanks, again, to each and everyone of you for your ideas, time, financial support, friendship, and belief in what we do. We could not do it without you and look forward to continued success in 2012. Happy New Year!


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