Scholarships, Awards & College Acceptances!

Pictured (left to right): Dani Friend & Susan Zwirn with Scholarship Awardees Julissa, Jaya, Citlalli & Jennifer. Not pictured: Lorraine

Pictured (left to right): Dani Friend & Susan Zwirn with Scholarship Awardees Julissa, Jaya, Citlalli & Jennifer.
Not pictured: Lorraine

Inaugural Year of the Gregg Michael Zwirn Memorial Scholarship Fund

We were so pleased to welcome Susan Zwirn and Dani Friend to our annual Culminating Exhibition & Film Screening on May 18th. Susan and Dani are the mother and sister, respectively, of Gregg Zwirn, who passed away at the too-young age of 36, just as he planned to take his photography business to the next level. They established The Gregg Zwirn Memorial Scholarship Fund as a tribute to Gregg and, this year, gave their first scholarships to five of Venice Arts' college-bound Advanced StudiesPhotography students. His family and friends take comfort in knowing that his memory will always live on in his beautiful photographs and through this contribution to the next generation of photographers supported by Venice Arts.

If you are interested in contributing to our Creative Equity Scholarship Fund, or setting up a Fund in your name, or in honor of someone you love, please contact Kelly here.

Photo by Citlali, Age 18

Photo by Citlali, Age 18

Photo by Silvia, Age 21

Photo by Silvia, Age 21

Awards & Recognitions Just Keep Coming!

We are proud to share that our participants have won over 72 awards, film festival selections, and other recognitions this year, including a whopping 59 Scholastic Arts & Writing Awards (see winning image by Citlali, Age 18, top left), the prestigious Adobe Creativity Scholarship, and the selection of two films in the San Diego Latino Film Festival. Ten students also received full scholarships to the following programs: National Geographic Student Expeditions for 10-days studying street photography in New York City; California State Summer School for the Arts for a full-month’s arts residency; Grand Canyon Youth for a 10-day science rafting trip on the Grand Canyon; Idyllwild Arts for a two-week summer arts residency in the mountains; and a two-week art program through Otis College of Art & Design.     

Off to College!

Congratulations to the graduating seniors in our Advanced Studies’ programs who are going on to college—most with full scholarships—including to Berkeley, CalArts, UCLA, USC, UC Davis, Santa Monica Community College, and Glendale Community College. Onward!

Learn more about Creative Pathways, supporting young people on the road to college and career success, here.

Photo by Jaya, Age 18

Photo by Jaya, Age 18

Sony Field Trip

Sony Field Trip

A group of Venice Arts Alumni and Advanced Film and Photography students had a wonderful time during their Professional Development tour of the Sony lot. They saw the sets of Wheel of Fortune and the Goldbergs, and also visited Sound Stage 1, an acoustically perfect space where John Williams, Barbara Streisand and the music from the Wizard of Oz were recorded.

National Geographic Scholarship


We are thrilled to announce that our talented Intermediate Photo Stories student, Keylan Cortes, won a full scholarship to attend National Geographic's prestigious Student Expedition in New York City this summer! Keylan was one of 22 students awarded a scholarship out of a pool of 300, and we couldn’t be more proud.

Creative Careers Day!

Venice Arts’ students and their friends are invited to our annual Creative Careers Day on Saturday, March 16th from 1-4pm. Interact with people on our Creative Careers panel—including television and online producers and directors; get help shaping your résumé; and learn about paid internship opportunities available through Venice Arts! Designed for Venice Arts’ high school-aged youth, but all interested, Venice Arts’ students are welcomed! Space is limited. Please be sure to RSVP with Trenton: 310-392-0846 or email Carly here.

(Photo: Venice Arts’ alum Jocelyn Ramirez at her internship at Dreamworks. Thanks @mayorofLA and the Evolve Entertainment Fund!)

Special guests offer fresh perspectives to youth media makers at Venice Arts!

Special thanks to the incredible artists, journalists, and activists who share their ideas and talents with our young people! Of late: journalist Herran Bekele and activist Torie Osborn, talking to our teen filmmakers about the teens' latest project, First Vote, and Liz Levenson, from Cactus Tree Entertainment, along with Beth Bigler, taking pitches from the intermediate film class!