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!

Volunteer as an Artist-Mentor!

Are you:

  • A photographer, filmmaker, animator, or multimedia artist?

  • Committed to the creative development of young people?

  • Enjoy working as a member of a teaching team, which includes a Lead Artist-educator and one-two additional artist-mentors?

  • Able to commit to a weekly, 12-week class either Tues-Friday from 3:30-6:30 or Saturdays?

Join us as an artist-mentor for the spring semester (Feb 2-May 4) of our award-winning media arts education program for Los Angeles' low-income youth! Mentoring offers a fantastic opportunity to share your talents as an artist, give back to your community, and build your skills in arts education and creative youth development.

Previous experience working with young people, and an understanding of project-based learning, a plus, but not required. College credit available if eligible!

Check out the workshop schedule, here. Find a volunteer application, here.

Our 25th Anniversary Gala!

Our 25th Anniversary Gala!

A huge THANK YOU to everyone—sponsors, photographers, guests, supporting businesses, photographers, young artists, and volunteers—who came out to celebrate our 25th Anniversary and make our Gala a success. A special thank you to our honorees—Star Supporter Tami Pardee and Outstanding Artist-Mentor Ed Colman—for all you do to support our organization. Thanks to our beverage sponsors— Lagunitas Brewing Company, Obvious Wines, Tito's Handmade Vodka, Revel, and Trader Joe's—for keeping the libations flowing, and to the incredible young musicians from the Santa Monica High School Jazz Combo for their musical prowess throughout the evening. 25 years! We could not have gotten here without our amazing community and we thank all of you for your support. Here’s to 25 more!