California Arts Council

State of California

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October 16, 2008Mary Beth Barber

Background Information: Venice Arts

Display at the 2008 Women's Conference

About Venice Arts

What's different about Venice Arts? Youth get to work closely with professional artists in small classes. They have the freedom to dream up their own projects and learn the skills needed to make them a reality. Their work is exhibited at the Venice Arts Gallery and other community sites.

Youth committed to growing as artists may apply to our Advanced Studies program, where they work on self-directed projects, receive one-to-one mentoring, and build their portfolios for secondary school, art institutions, college, and professional opportunities. They may also be selected to work as a paid Youth Art Intern at Venice Arts or with the Venice Media District.

Venice Arts' year-round education and mentoring programs are offered free-of-charge to low-income families at our Center in Venice and throughout Los Angeles in partnership with schools, parks, human service agencies, and public housing developments.

A vibrant community arts and media learning hub.

Our Center in Venice is a place where youth from diverse communities can find their voice, broaden their knowledge, and develop their skills; where adults expand their creative skills in photography and learn how to use digital media tools; where novice and accomplished artists exhibit their work; and where staff incubate new ideas, experiment and innovate in the arts and digital media learning.

Encouraging civic engagement.

Venice Arts' Social Art Initiatives--conducted locally, nationally and internationally--serve as a catalyst for people of all ages, living in low-income or underrepresented communities, to create and share personal and community stories through photography, film, and multi-media.

At our Institute for Photographic Empowerment, jointly run with the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership, we support the study and practice of participant-produced projects in photo, film, and digital media, and serve as a resource for people from around the globe--photographers, filmmakers, academics, researchers and project participants--to share ideas, learn from one another, and develop the field.| 310.578.1745 |

Proudly supported by: The California Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, and multiple foundations, corporations, and individual community members. The Photographs exhibited at the 2008 Women's Conference represent work by youth participating in Venice Arts' documentary projects in Los Angeles, nationally, and internationally. Themes explored through their photographs include female identity, race and ethnicity, and immigration, among others.

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