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 both for college acceptance and achievement—many will be the first in their families to go to college—and inspiring in them 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

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