Who We Serve

A Neighborhood Arts Center with a Regional and Global Reach


At Venice Arts, our largest, longest-standing program, Art Mentoring & Education, reaches over 450 youth each year. As community demand far exceeds our current capacities, we also turn away approximately 150 low-income youth annually.  95% of the kids we serve are low-income and 51% live in poverty. About 54% live in Venice, Mar Vista, Culver City, and neighborhoods with high pockets of poverty on the West Side. The balance live throughout Los Angeles including Mid-City, South L.A., and Inglewood, and some travel from as far as Norwalk and the Antelope Valley to participate in our programs. Most (80%) are kids of color, the majority children of immigrants, and nearly all go to poorly performing public schools and have no access to meaningful arts education.

artists & community

At our Gallery,  we provide a venue for photographers and filmmakers to exhibit and screen their work, and for community members—including the young people in our programs and their families—to engage with artists and art. We market broadly, although most intensively to the local area, and draws audiences of approximately 1000 people, each year, from a range of backgrounds, ethnicities, and income levels interested in photography and filmmaking. 

nonprofit organizations & their constituents

Our consulting, training, and participant-produced documentary project-based and client-driven and are conducted locally, statewide, and internationally. We work primarily with economically marginalized community members or the organizations that serve them, each reflecting a range of concerns unique to their communities. 

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geographic reach

A neighborhood arts center with a regional and global reach. Venice Arts attracts participants from Los Angeles and, through its consulting programs, from around the globe.