Venice Arts

aka Venice Arts   |   Venice, CA   |  http://www.venicearts.org

Mission

To ignite, expand, and transform the lives of Los Angeles’ low-income youth through photography and film education, and use our participatory storytelling practices to amplify the voices of underrepresented communities around the world.

Ruling year info

1994

Executive Director

Lynn Warshafsky

Main address

13445 Beach Avenue

Venice, CA 90292 USA

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EIN

95-4427386

NTEE code info

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Venice Arts’ mission speaks directly to inclusion and opportunity, as well as to promoting leadership development and civic engagement. The youth we serve live in poverty or are low-income; most are first generation Americans and, also, will be the first in their families to go to college and explore aspirational careers. For all of our participants, meaningful programs that develop their creativity, as well as their digital media and technology skills so critical to 21st C workforce success, are out of their reach. Venice Arts uses the arts as a means to support youths’ development across a range of dimensions—creative, emotional, social, academic, vocational—offering an innovative alternative to more traditional youth development and mentoring programs.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Art Mentoring & Education Program

The award-winning Art Mentoring & Education puts creativity, art making, and art learning at the center of youth development. Free, sequential (beginning to advanced) workshops in photography, filmmaking, animation, and multimedia are offered during an academic year cycle, and a summer Media Arts Camp. An Advanced Studies Track provides rigorous, college-level workshops, paid internships, and 1:1 support, while Creative Pathways supports youth on their college path and/or with creative career aspirations. Programs are free to low-income families.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

Humanitas Prize 2009

Humanitas

Certificate of Achievement: 15 years service 2008

Office of the Mayor, City of Los Angeles

Certificate of Recognition 2008

City of Los Angeles, City Council

Certificate of Recognition 2008

California State Assembly

National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award Finalist 2011

President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities

Proclamation Honoring 20th Anniversary 2013

City of Los Angeles

Milestone Appreciation for Executive Director Lynn Warshafsky 2014

National Guild for Community Arts Education

Inspiring Leader Award for Executive Director Lynn Warshafsky 2018

Center for NonProfit Management

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students enrolled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Art Mentoring & Education Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of high school seniors who graduate from high school on time

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Art Mentoring & Education Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Percentage data.

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Venice Arts creates life-changing opportunities for Los Angeles’ low-income youth; provides young and emerging artists, as well as professional photographers and filmmakers, with opportunities to share their creativity and engage with a broader community; and brings the power of storytelling and participatory practices to communities around the world.

Our Art Mentoring & Education Program for Los Angeles' low-income youth, represents our largest, highest impact program. It includes a sequential (beginning-to-advanced) curriculum in filmmaking, photography, animation, and multimedia offered in classes with no more than 12 students and an artist-to youth ratio of 1:3 ; an Advanced Studies program that provides support for portfolio/reel development and paid internships, along with rigorous, college-level classes; and a Creative Pathways program that supports college and creative career aspirations. It sits in the center of, and intersects, two smaller programs: (1) Participatory Documentary Programs, which delivers expertise developed over 25 years to other communities interested in storytelling for change; and, (2) Gallery and Public Programs, which engage a broader community through exhibitions of primarily documentary-genre photography, film, and public programs, including the work and ideas of young people in our programs.

As a 26-year old, award-winning arts and creative youth development organization, Venice Arts has a both deep and broad experience developing and delivering programs and services that reflect its mission and goals. It trains its artistic staff in an educational model that is highly experiential and child-centered, while rigorous. Its model also allows for significant mentoring and for sustaining long-term relationships with young people that result in deep impacts in their lives. Venice Arts' Participatory Documentary Programs are share over two-decades experience with others, drawing on a committed core of filmmakers and photographers who understand Venice Arts' unique approach. Our Gallery and Public programs link both our youth participants and community members with professional artists, educators, and idea-makers.

Venice Arts have won numerous accolades for its achievements over the years and is considered one of the preeminent youth creative youth development organizations in Los Angeles. Youth have won 200 national, state, and local awards in the past few years, alone, including being named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts. A recently completed longitudinal study shows the long-term impacts of our programs: 97% of respondents preparing to attend, attending, or completed college; 38% having worked in a creative sector job; and 50% of those working in a job that allows them to explore a career path. Our Participatory Documentary programs, remain robust, with a project currently being developed in the U.K., and our Gallery and Public Programs engage hundreds of community members through exhibitions, screenings, and related programs. We are currently working on a Strategic Expansion Campaign that will allow us to expand our programs and position us positively for many years to come.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Venice Arts

Board of directors
as of 10/13/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ruth Seroussi

BuchalterNemer

Mike Newhouse

Law

Ruth Seroussi

Law

Lynn Warshafsky

Venice Arts

Neal Baer

Executive Producer/Showrunner, Law & Order: SVU

Jodi Gusek

Consultant, Strategic Marketing & Communications

Matt Ogens

Independent Filmmaker

Steve Oritt

Independent Filmmaker

Greg Haddad

Banking Executive

JT Ladt

Programming & Development Executive

Tristan Robinson

Law

Sarah Sung

Marketing Consultant

Moze Cowper

Law

Paulino Iris

Banking Executive

Cannone Michael

Investment Executive

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes