Program Impacts

Venice Arts creates life-changing opportunities for Los Angeles’ low-income youth; provides young and emerging artists, as well as professional photographers and filmmakers, with opportunities to share their creativity and engage with a broader community; and brings the power of storytelling and participatory practices to communities around the world.

Check out some of the highlights from 2018, here. Learn more about the long-term impacts of our youth programs, from a longitudinal study completed in 2018, here.

I got to learn how to take “professional” pictures and be proud of my work. Being in this class made me realize that photography is my passion.
— Venice Arts' Program Participant

Key Impacts ON YOUTH


Youth cultivate their creativity and acquire 21st century knowledge and skills that contribute to college readiness and career success


Youth receive life-changing opportunities, such as competing for prestigious national and local awards, with over 100 won since 2014, including a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts

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100% of our teen participants graduate high school, and 95% go on to college, often the first in their families and most receiving significant scholarships

Evaluation Data & Impact Studies

Venice Arts evaluates programs annually, generating data that informs our growth and development, and contributes to the development of the field. Our data echoes findings indicating that quality arts instruction and mentoring can enhance youths' motivation and self-efficacy, improve social relationships with others, and contribute to a sense of community and a more positive overall outlook on life. 

With support from the California Arts Council, we recently completed a longitudinal study of the lasting impacts of our programs on our alumni, who are now in college or pursuing careers. Data from that longitudinal study is summarized below.