Last night, CBS Los Angeles came out to Venice Arts for a story on how the proposed cuts to the federal budget—including the elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts—would affect local arts organizations. Hear directly from our kids about what they experience and learn at Venice Arts, and how these cuts would impact them. Check out the story here. (Venice Arts' story starts about a minute and a half into the video.)
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.
Venice Arts was among the nonprofit organizations across the country noted for their exemplary commitment to youth arts education in a recent article on Huffington Post Impact. Co-authored by Cynthia Germanotta, Lady Gaga’s mother and Co-Founder of Born This Way Foundation, and by Susan Benedetto, Co-Founder of Exploring the Arts.
In May of this year, Venice Arts was chosen as the featured nonprofit for the Los Angeles stop of the Cheek to Cheek tour—a concert featuring Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga. This partnership with Born This Way Foundation and Exploring the Arts was meant to highlight exceptional organizations working with young people on every stop of the tour. Organizations were chosen based on their demonstrated excellence in empowering young people to become compassionate, creative, and brave.
“We felt it was important to acknowledge these nonprofits who work tirelessly and with such heart to uplift our young people,” wrote Germanotta. “While large national and international organizations often dominate press coverage, it is important to remember the work that smaller organizations are uniquely equipped to accomplish—tackling the distinct issues that affect local geographies.”
Read the rest of the article here!
We’re excited to share a link to the New York Times Lens Blog new project, Looking at our Hometowns. The My Hometown slide show is a vibrant document of 4,289 images submitted by teenagers in school- or community-based photography programs across the United States, including rural villages and urban neighborhoods, wealthy suburbs and blue-collar Rust Belt towns. The project was inspired by the Times photo editors’ belief in the power of photography as an educational tool, and by a desire to help young people communicate the way they see their lives and their communities.
Congratulations to Venice Arts' students Angela Francis, Gabriel Martinez, Ismael Martinez, Sathya Miele, Zinnia Moreno, Ashley Sanchez, Ana Antonio, and Cecilia Antonio! Their work was selected as part of the Editor's Picks for California. Several students have more than one image represented, so flip through the slide show after each link to see them all.
In addition to these works by students at Venice Arts' Center here in Los Angeles, the project also features "Planada Rising," a photo story and accompanying music, produced by teens in Venice Arts' two-year project in Merced. Check out the full article, a slide show of the project, and a link to the Planada Rising video here.
Pictured: Photograph by Angela, age 17: "I took this on the train that runs from Culver City to Downtown LA. I remember talking to the little boy and his mom about our group and what kind of work I do. The two of them were running Saturday errands, and they seemed to have a close bond."