PAID summer entertainment industry internships!


Venice Arts is working with the Mayor's Evolve Entertainment Fund to place low-income young people in entertainment industry internships this summer. If you are a Venice Arts' student or alumni, and are you looking for a PAID summer internship in the creative sector, we may be able to help!

Internships range from learning from television and film production and post-production teams, to interning in talent departments, to supporting public relations, human resources, and the business side of entertainment. Companies include some of the top film, television, and animation production studios; PR and talent agencies; music companies; and more.

To qualify, you must be:

  • Low-income
  • Between the ages of 18–24
  • In college (2- or 4-year) or just graduated
  • Living in in Los Angeles

The deadline is tight: We need your résumé by Monday, April 23rd. In your email to us, please let us know if you have a specific interest, or if you are open to any kind of work experience in entertainment. 

Send your résumé and cover letter to Carly at


Thirteen Students Win National Awards from Scholastic Art & Writing

Our students have won three incredible national honors! The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards selected these three projects for National Awards, giving them a Gold Medal (the most outstanding works in the nation) or Silver Medal (works demonstrating high honors on the national level). National Medalists are recognized in part at the National Ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Congratulations to Venice Arts' students Daniel Leon (Gold Medal - best in grade for Comics); Samantha Angulo, Calista Arevalo, Caiden Chen, Evon Douthard, Nico Federovitch, Maximiliano Guillen, Adam Iglesias, Lela Jennings, Owen Kirschner, Kayla Maldonado, and Marcel Martinez (Gold Medal - best in grade for Film/Animation); and Indigo Mapa  (Silver - best In grade for photo)!

Venice Arts' Students Win Big at Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

It's awards season in Los Angeles, and not just for the professionals! The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, which recognize the vision, ingenuity, and talent of our nation’s youth, and provide opportunities for creative teens to be celebrated. Venice Arts' students won 30 Scholastic Art Awards, including 7 Gold Awards (the highest honor), 4 Silver Awards, and 19 Honorable Mentions. And two students were finalists for the Photographer's Forum High School and College Contest. 

We could not be more proud of our students! Click here to see the full list of student awards (over 100 in the past three years!) and check out their award-winning work in the gallery above.

VA Alumna Named to Lucie Foundation $2500 Emerging Artist Scholarship Shortlist


Venice Arts' Alumna Angela Francis was recently named to the Lucie Foundation's $2500 Emerging Artist Scholarship Shortlist. The prestigious award is open to photographers worldwide and seeks to support emerging talent with vision and dynamic ideas that challenge and progress the art form of still photography into work that compels. We're so proud of Angela's continued accomplishments in the photographic field!

Since being named as a Presidential Scholar in the Arts in 2014, Angela has continued her photographic journey, and has returned to Venice Arts this summer to intern and mentor other youth. About her current body of work, Angela writes:

"If you don’t know where you come from, you can’t know where you are going. Much of my childhood was spent at the foot of my Granny’s bed, listening to the stories of her past. Her photographs, along with adaptations of our family history, taught me the art of conversation, the importance of carrying on the tradition of storytelling. From glimpses of Granny’s personal history, I learned how my family landed on South Orange Drive. My current focus is on black womanhood and the elimination of the notion of a single story. The project I propose is a reflection on the multifaceted nature of black female identities. For decades, black women have taken on the lessons and responsibilities of their mothers: offering their bodies up as testimony, contesting silence and suppression. The black female identity is a social product, and her intricacies are often overlooked and minimized by her social location and the oppressions that come with being Black and female in this world....This is an extension of Granny’s story, as well as the people who have influenced me, within and outside of my craft."

VA Alumna Featured on Youth Media Reporter

Venice Arts' alumna Ashley Sanchez was recently featured on Youth Media Reporter, a peer-reviewed, professional journal for scholars, practitioners, and others who develop, organize, teach, study, and support youth media practices and programs. 

Reflecting on her relationship to photography, Ashley writes:

"I found out about Venice Arts in 10th grade. I found myself at Venice Arts taking a Photography class, and I became passionate about photography. I would carry my camera with me everywhere and get ideas while walking the streets. Looking into a camera, I see things in a different way. Before, I didn’t look at lighting or composition in my day-to-day life. Now, when I’m in the moment or simply see something, I automatically think this could be a good photo if this and this was changed. I see my life in photos because of photography."

Check out Dum Spiro Spero, the book she produced while at Venice Arts, at the Youth Media Reporter link above.

Venice Arts Featured on CBS Los Angeles


Last night, CBS Los Angeles came out to Venice Arts for a story on how the proposed cuts to the federal budget—including the elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts—would affect local arts organizations. Hear directly from our kids about what they experience and learn at Venice Arts, and how these cuts would impact them. Check out the story here. (Venice Arts' story starts about a minute and a half into the video.)

Voices of the Forest: Thailand to be Featured at Earth Optimism Summit

We are thrilled to announce that Voices of the Forest: Thailand will be featured at the Earth Optimism Summit at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C, April 21–23, 2017. Earth Optimism celebrates a change in focus from problem to solution in the area of global conservation with an unprecedented gathering of thought leaders, scientists, environmentalists, artists, civic leaders and international media.

Voices of the Forest is a series of short films that Venice Arts created collaboratively with staff and community members of The Center for People and Forests as part of a training program in participatory media in 2014. The films explore the unique relationship that local communities in Thailand, Myanmar, and Cambodia have with their surrounding forests, and the role that these communities play in sustaining forest ecology. See more about this documentary project here.

Advanced Studies Filmmaking Students Visit Adaptive Studios


On Friday, some of our talented Advanced Filmmaking students had the opportunity to take a most extraordinary site visit to Adaptive Studios, an innovative content creation studio and distribution company that is redefining the way that stories are sourced, produced, and shared. The field trip came about because of the generous invitation of Brittany Turner, Vice President of Digital. The students piled into our van and took a trip to Culver City’s Hayden Tract neighborhood, a hub of high-end design, architectural, and media companies. When we arrived, we were received so warmly by the entire Adaptive team. The co-founder of the studio, Perrin Chiles, told us the origin story of Adaptive as an inspired idea that first began to take shape as a proverbial garage-based business, and through innovation and great team-building, has evolved into the media powerhouse that it has so quickly become. We were treated to content across their platforms, from trailers that they’ve produced for the novels they’ve published including the recent Air, television content including Project Greenlight, to excerpts from feature film content that they have released, including the original film Coin Heist. It was such an inspiring and inclusive visit, and the students were delighted to be welcomed by the team, to learn about the cutting edge of content sourcing and distribution, and to share with the executives their own ideas and inspirations. Venice Arts strives to provide exposure to the creative professional world for our young people, and this visit to Adaptive Studios was an unforgettably powerful manifestation of that mission.

A very special thank you to Brittany Turner, Vice President of Digital, who initiated this marvelous visit, and to the entire Adaptive Studios team for their incredible hospitality! Our students are still glowing from the experience!

- Christian

Advanced Studies Students Exhibit at Photo L.A.


For the fourth year in a row, Venice Arts will participate in the International Los Angeles Photographic Art Exposition photo l.a., with an exhibition showcasing new work by our Advanced Studies photography students.

We're thrilled to be once again be in the company of so many incredible local, national, and international photography galleries and organizations exhibiting at photo l.a., arguably the premiere photographic exposition in the Los Angeles area. This invaluable experience gives our Advanced Studies students the chance to make professional connections with artists, collectors, and gallerists, as well as see their work in the larger context of contemporary photography. This is just one of the many ways that we develop young artists, exposing students to a myriad of creative and professional opportunities in the arts.

This year, Venice Arts is proud to be represented by:
Andrea Abrego | Melissa Alvarez | Rickie Bautista | Silvia Curiel | Lilia Destin | Jane Estrada | Lorraine Gutierrez | Gloria Ortiz | Maia Ramirez | Mark Tomilin

photo l.a. takes place January 12–15, 2017, at The REEF/LA Mart, located at 1933 S. Broadway Los Angeles, CA 90007. Visit us at booth #530!