Creative Pathways

Aligned with our vision for a more equitable and inclusive society, Creative Pathways provides our participants with workshops, mentoring, and other forms of support for both college and creative career success. Venice Arts offers a unique and enriched college preparatory environment, readying youth—many of whom will be the first in their families to go to college—for college acceptance and achievement. Creative career programs connect youth with professionals in the creative industries and inspire in them a sense of possibility and a belief in their own potential.

Venice Arts gave me the confidence, skills, and tools to pursue a creative career. It allowed me to hear and learn from people in creative industries that allowed me to see that it was possible to be successful. Because I started in photography...through Venice Arts, I was able to pursue everything I did after.
— Venice Arts' Alumni
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Specific activities include:

building a culture of college

  • For high school students: 
    • Creating a college plan of action
    • FAFSA and financial aid and scholarship opportunities
    • Accessing free and low-cost SAT/ACT preparation support
    • Personal essay writing
    • Visits from local college admissions officers and local college tours
    • College counseling and small group support
    • Post-graduation, staff maintain a relationship with our Advanced Studies’ graduates at least through the first year college transition
  • For middle-school students:
    • A fun and interactive College Day that helps them to imagine college as an option in their lives, and provides a tour to a local college/university

widening youths' horizons

  • Panels with creative professionals working representing a range of professional roles (artistic, strategic, business, production, other)
  • Field trips to creative-sector businesses, including opportunities to shadow professionals

preparing youth for their futures

  • Paid internships at Venice Arts
  • Internship opportunities at creative industries
  • Résumé writing and interviewing skills
  • Building a strong art portfolio or reel for college or work