Venice Art's 23rd Anniversary Gala | The Best Party in Venice


On November 5, 2016, our creative community came together to celebrate 23 years of inspiring creativity & transforming young lives.

From our Board of Directors, to the talented youth in our programs, everyone came together for live music from the Santa Monica High School jazz band, local food & drink, a silent auction, a photo auction, and one exciting raffle. 

Please check out our extended Gala albums on Facebook - and be sure to tag yourself!

A special shout out to our beverage sponsors Alba CellarsLagunitasRevel, and Tito’s Handmade Vodka - and the incredible crew at The Lincoln for serving it all up.

Can't get enough Gala? Check out some of the coverage here:
Huffington Post | Rivo | Yo! Venice

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 & Women's Voices Now joined by actors and activists alike to talk about Syria


In honor of World Refugee Day, Venice Arts & Women's Voices Now monthly film screening series Women's Voices on Screen turned its focus towards Syria with the film The Light In Her Eyes. We were joined by Karam Foundation's Nada Hashem, Syrian actor Jay Abdo, and artist and activist Fadia Afashe for a community discussion on the war in Syria and the ongoing refugee crisis.

Coffee was graciously provided by our community partners at groundwork coffee co.!

#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

For One Night Only: Venice Arts takes over Culver Studios for Student Screening


Last Thursday, May 19, we held a screening program showcasing student films from over the years. It also marked the debut of one of this year's Advanced Film projects, "Lotus," which documents a young ballerina's journey towards a life-changing dance competition in New York. Thanks to everyone in the Venice Arts community who could make it out.

Congratulations to all of our students, and to Lead Filmmaker and Mentor extraordinaire Christian!

Celebrating Community and Creativity at Our 2016 Student Culminating Exhibition


Hundreds of students, families, and community members came out for this special exhibition showcasing the best of our students' films, photographs, animations, comics, and mixed- and multi-media pieces from our award-winning Art Mentoring workshops. 

This fun community celebration included a family potluck and complimentary ice cream from our friends at Salt & Straw Ice Cream. Thank you to all of our dedicated students, parents, teaching artists, mentors and community members who made this event possible.

Congratulations to all of our students for their hard work this year, and an extra-special shout out to the following student award winners:

Ted M. Warshafsky Scholarship Recipients
Sara A.
Silvia C.
Chelsea R.
Ashley S.

be-Art Magazine Young Photographer Award
Andrea A.

Advanced Film Students involved in Councilmember Mike Bonin's Venice Forward PSA
Sara A.
Tal D.
Leo M.
Kashmir M.
Chelsea R.
Michael V.

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

We've Got Talent: Students Share Work at Open Mic/Open Projector


Venice Arts' Overpriced Popcorn Productions, made up of seven of our student leaders, hosted their second event: Open Mic/Open Projector. Students, families, and friends joined us for a night of performances and short films by youth ages 0–19.

We saw Kelly play violin, Carson and Rise play guitar, Tal play ukulele, Jenson breakdance, and Kashi and Khayman show off their martial arts skills. After the Open Mic, we watched a curated screening of youth-produced short animations, films, and trailers. And of course, we all shared not-so overpriced popcorn.

Keep an eye on Overpriced Popcorn's next youth events!