Venice Arts Celebrates 23 Years



On Saturday, November 5th, Venice Arts will be holding a gala in honor if its 23rd anniversary. The above photo, taken by Jeff Bridges on the set of The Big Lebowski is one of over 75 photos taken by professionals and Venice Arts students that will be available at the gala.

This event will also include live music from the Santa Monica High Jazz Combo, food and drink donated by local restaurants, wine from Alba Cellars, beer from Lagunitas, agave spirits from Revel and a vodka cocktail by Tito’s Vodka and local cocktail bar The Lincoln. Caricature drawing, portraits, a student-run photo booth and a raffle will be among the evening’s activities, which will run from 5-8pm at the Venice Arts building at 1702 Lincoln Blvd.

Tickets are available through Venice Arts, as are a number of sponsorship options.

From the Venice Arts website:

“Founded in 1993, Venice Arts is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to ignite, expand, and transform the lives of Los Angeles’ low-income youth through photography and film education, and to use its participatory storytelling practices to amplify the voices of underrepresented communities around the world.

Through its three core programs—Art Mentoring & Education, Gallery & Public Programs, and Participatory Documentary Programs—Venice Arts offers high-impact education to low-income youths, while fostering a space for artists, community members, and families to interact through a regular series of exhibitions, film screenings, and public programs. It is the philosophy of Venice Arts that self-expression, particularly through the arts, has the potential to transform and empower young people to see greater possibilities for themselves and for their communities.”