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!

Students Screen Film as Part of Sundance Next Fest 2016

Venice Arts students Korey and Rise were given the opportunity of a lifetime when Venice Arts was invited to participate in a youth talent show hosted by actor Craig Robinson, prior to the screening of Morris From America at Sundance Next Fest 2016 on Saturday, August 13. The purpose of the talent show was to showcase the hard work and creative talent of L.A.'s youth, and also featured students from Inner-City Arts and 826LA. Korey and Rise introduced and screened their film in front of a massive, captive audience.

Watch their introduction from Saturday and the film below!

A very special thanks to Charlie Reff and to Moira Griffin at Sundance for their tremendous support in making this event so special for our youth!

Venice Arts X Winc: Local Flavor Collaboration


We're thrilled to announce Local Flavor, our new collaboration with Winc, a local wine company that believes in giving back to their community. They made the first three releases of Local Flavor (a Pinot Noir, a rosé, and a Sauvignon Blanc) in collaboration with Venice Arts as a celebration of the Venice community, and made a donation that is providing full scholarships for six children to attend one week of our Summer Media Arts Camp. The bottles feature black-and-white photographs taken by three of our talented Advanced Studies students—Angela F., age 16; Chris R., age 17; and Claude V., age 18.

Learn more about our Local Flavor collaboration with Winc here.

#PartyatthePolls with #VeniceVotes: An Interactive Photo Booth


June 7 - Help us answer the question: "WHY VOTE?"

Thanks to a generous grant from LA2050, we threw a #PartyatthePolls and you were the guest of honor! Not only did Venice Arts serve as a polling place for the California Primary Elections on June 7th, we will also hosted a professionally run photo booth to capture the many different reasons people vote. The #VeniceVotes project has become a living album of portraits that speak to the uniqueness of Venice and the vital importance of civic engagement.

It's simple! 

1. VOTE! Venice Arts will serve as a polling place, but be sure to find your local spot here.

2. SNAP A PHOTO! Come to our student & teaching artist-run photo booth, tell us why voting rules, and strike a pose. We will be printing out your portraits on-site, and live uploading them to share on our website and Facebook. Or take a selfie and upload it yourself!

3. LIKE, TAG, & SHARE using the hashtags #PartyatthePolls and #VeniceVotes to encourage all of L.A. to go out and vote!

Can't make it to Venice Arts? No problem! Simply upload your own photo with a sign or a caption stating why voting matters to you. We will add it to our final project. Don't forget to tag it #PartyatthePolls and #VeniceVotes so we can find you.

For information about voting go to

Community Partner KREATION ORGANIC hosts Earth Day-Inspired Student Exhibition


New community partner KREATION ORGANIC is a proud supporter of Venice Arts' Camp Campaign, and is currently featuring an exhibition of student photography starting on Earth Day, April 22, and running through May 8 at their Abbot Kinney location (1202 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice). The show will feature works from Venice Arts students exploring intersections between art, science, and the environment.

Venice Arts' 6th Annual Speakeasy at the Townhouse


Party with us like it's 1929.

Venice Arts returned to The Del Monte at Townhouse for our annual event, Speakeasy at the Townhouse, on February 27, 2016. A huge thank you to everyone who spent their night out with us, sampling fine whiskeys and enjoying our wonderful musical guest Among Savages. An extra special thanks to our fabulous hosts, Ruthie Seroussi, Mike Newhouse, and Brandell Davis.

Our event would not be possible without our generous food, raffle, and silent auction donors.

Art's Table

Ashland Hill

Baby Blues BBQ

Blue Star Donuts


Gold's Gym

Larry's Venice

Marina Athletic Club

OP Cafe

Ox and Son

Pitfire Pizza


Superba Food + Bread

Venice Whaler

Venice Arts' Film Students Visit The Mission for Hands On Special Effects Learning


During the third week of our Fall 2015 semester, our intermediate-level film students enjoyed a very special experience: a visit to The Mission Studios in the heart of Abbot Kinney. The Mission is a super high-end visual effects studio specializing in commercials, film and digital content, and founder Michael Pardee gave our enthusiastic students the warmest possible welcome. He was so gracious with the students as he brought us to various VFX suites, each dedicated to a specific set of tools and workflow. Our first stop was a wonderland of powerful computer generated animation. The digital artists working at those stations showed the students some original animated shows that were developed in-house at Mission. These animated characters were 100% computer generated, and mimicked the imperfections of clay-based stop-motion animation to a staggering degree of realism. It was amazing, and the students (who each had experience working with actual claymation) were blown away by the capabilities of digital art. Before we left that first room, several of the students had already made up their minds about becoming animators as a career – it was that cool of an experience.

Michael brought us through the rest of the stunning facilities, including the fabulous outdoor courtyard, a kind of urban oasis and respite that the students loved. Our next stops were to large suites dedicated to digital compositing using heavyweight tools including Smoke and Flame. VFX artists and producers brought us through several workflows in the layering of effects to take a standard commercial shot and, with the addition of visual elements, to create fantastic new worlds. We saw this process at work on national spots that the students were already familiar with and loved, and the experience of having content creators take them backwards through the process was truly empowering for them. 

For the students, the net result of the visit is that they have a much deeper understanding that the filmmaking tools and processes that they are currently learning at Venice Arts are closely related to the most cutting-edge tools in the industry, and that the skills they are learning today can lead them to a future as expansive as they can imagine. As the students climbed into the Venice Arts van, donning the sweet Mission shades given to them by Michael Pardee as instantly cherished swag, I could see that their creativity and their imaginations were thoroughly expanded. Very special thanks to Michael Pardee and the entire Mission staff for their incredible hospitality!