Venice Arts Welcomes Theater Artist Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni, Performing One Drop of Love

As part of our 25TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS, Venice Arts welcomed theater artist Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni for a special performance for our students and their families of her one-woman show One Drop of Love. The show explores “the intersections of race, class and gender in pursuit of truth, justice and LOVE.” A huge THANK YOU to Fanshen for this amazing afternoon for over 120 of our young artists and their families, which is sure to provide much inspiration for the year’s film and photo projects exploring identities. #truth #justice #love

This program is the first of five programs in our IDENTITIES series, in which five extraordinary artists, with their own connection to Venice Arts, and all of whom who explore multiple facets of identity in their work, will join us for special performances, screenings, and events. Designed to inspire and engage the teen artists at Venice Arts, most events are also open to the public.

Thank you to the team at Mechanics Bank!

Iris Paulino and her wonderful team @mechanicsbank conducted a fun and educational workshop on financial literacy for Venice Arts' participants and their parents. They talked about everything from the importance of saving money, to budgeting and dealing with Internet and telephone scammers—to say nothing of the yummy lunch and great gift bags that they provided. We are always so grateful when our corporate supporters give financially, as well as of their time and expertise. Thank you!

Saturday with Firestone Walker

A shout-out to our neighbors, and Venice Arts' supporters, Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Venice (@firestonewalker), who held an afternoon tasting event with a portion of proceeds supporting Venice Arts! They have a great crew at Firestone, who created a beautiful wall of student work—check it out, above—and also hired alum Michael Verdin to paint the tap enclosures. Thanks to Firestone and friends!

The Gregg Michael Zwirn Memorial Scholarship Fund

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Venice Arts is honored that the family of photographer Gregg Zwirn has chosen to pay tribute to Gregg's memory through the creation of the Gregg Michael Zwirn Memorial Fund, a sub-fund of our Creative Equity Scholarship Fund. This fund will support the next generation of young photographers enrolled at Venice Arts. Much love and many thanks to the Zwirn family! Learn more about Gregg and the fund, here

Googlers for Good! Volunteer Day at Venice Arts

A huge THANK YOU to our volunteers from Google L.A., who donated their time to help plant our garden and repaint our gallery this week. We're so grateful to Google for supporting their staff in this day of service and to the volunteers for spending their afternoon beautifying our space and getting us ready for Summer Camp. Thank you, as well, to the Marina del Rey Garden Center for donating soil for our planters, to Zach Forsyte & his Boy Scouts of America troop for making building planters, and to Marie Gamboa, of Garden Pacific, for donating the beautiful plants. Gratitude all around!

Viceland + Venice Arts!

Venice Arts' filmmaking students were thrilled to receive several visits from Viceland's Development team this academic year. Our young filmmakers had the opportunity to practice "pitching" their idea for the year: capturing video of people on the Venice Pier and then creating multiple stories using the same footage. They were thrilled when the Viceland team returned to view the final pieces and give them notes.

Special thanks to Fred Grinstein, with Pulse Media, and Lauren Dolgen, Casey Meurer, and Kyle Silverstein with Viceland!

Artist, Producer, Casting Director, Executive

Venice Arts' annual Creative Careers Day was held in April 2018 and featured a panel of creative professionals, who talked about their personal path to their careers, as well as how Venice Arts' students can prepare themselves for similar jobs. A workshop on résumé development, conducted by Beatriz Garcia, affirmed for our students that their talent and skills—creative, technical, collaborative—as well as their awards, film festival selections, volunteer involvement, and internships all translate into a strong résumé.

Special thanks to Beatriz Garcia and 826LA, photographer Diana Markosian, Casting Director Michael Dolotta, Producer Nan Bernstein, and Berenice Robinson, VP at Disney Animation. Special shout out to the California Film Commission for introducing us to Nan!

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)!