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Venice Arts 20th Anniversary Spectacular Exhibition and Gala

Venice Arts Celebrates 20 Years of Providing Free Arts Education for Low-income Youth in our Community with Anniversary Spectacular Photo Exhibition and Gala

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Venice Arts’ 20th Anniversary Spectacular:
Saturday, November 2, 5–8pm

Exhibition Preview: Saturday, October 19, 5–8pm

Open Show Program Featuring Donating
Photographers and a Venice Arts’ Student:

Wednesday, October 23, 7:30–9:30pm

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Venice Arts began 20 years ago with 10 kids, a darkroom in a donated basement, and a big dream: to create a vibrant arts center for low-income youth in the Venice community. That workshop seeded Venice Arts’ award-winning Art Mentoring & Education program, which now reaches hundreds of low- income youth each year through free workshops in photography, filmmaking, animation, and media arts at its Center for Media & Learning on Lincoln Blvd. in Venice, as well as further afield through Documentary Programs conducted nationally and internationally. Over the past twenty years, Venice Arts’ program of free arts instruction, mentoring, and internship opportunities has opened windows of possibility for poor and low-income children. Drawing on two decades of experience, Venice Arts also works with nonprofit organizations, foundations, and community groups to help them develop and implement their own participant-produced projects. And now, Venice Arts has become a destination for adults, with free exhibitions, film screenings, and events through its Gallery & Public Programs.

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Describing the impact of her five-year involvement with Venice Arts on her life, former student Jocelyn Ramirez, age 18, said “Before Venice Arts, I never thought about the possibility of using filmmaking as a form of activism, not only with art and storytelling, but with social issues as well. When I was younger, there were worlds beyond the comfort of my own that I had no idea existed. Venice Arts helped me discover one of these, and now that passion for filmmaking has opened up previously unimaginable opportunities.” Jocelyn is currently studying filmmaking at New York University on a full scholarship, and is the first person in her family to attend university. Jocelyn is just one of the thousands of low-income young people whose lives have been transformed through their involvement with Venice Arts over its 20-year history.

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To celebrate reaching this significant milestone, Venice Arts is hosting a 20th Anniversary Gala Spectacular on November 2, 2013, 5–8pm. The event will feature a silent auction of fine-art photography generously donated by prominent photographers, as well as exemplary work by Venice Arts’ students, and goods and services donated by local businesses. Donating photographers include: Gareth Abraham, Kwaku Alston, Nancy Baron, Christine Caldwell, Ellen Cantor, Stephen Courtney, Marian Crostic, Imogen Cunningham, Julia Dean, Natalie Franco, Jim Hubbard, Amanda Keller Konya, J. K. Lavin, Douglas McCulloh, Erin McGuire, Christopher Medak, Diane Meyer, Wynn Miller, Michael Miner, Genaro Molina, Michele Morris, Hal Myers, Matt Ogens, Sabine Pearlman, Susan Rennie, Carol Royce- Wilder, Barbara Ruffini, Marjorie Salvaterra, Dan Shepherd, Aline Smithson, Jasmine Swope, Mark Swope, Salvatore Totino, Brett Van Ort, Francis Mark Woods, Jonas Yip, and David Zentz. This is a great opportunity for collectors and art enthusiasts to purchase a beautiful piece of original artwork while supporting a local nonprofit organization. The evenings’ festivities will also include delicious food from the best local restaurants, exclusive wine and beer, live music amazing raffle prizes, and a photo booth run by youth photographers in Venice Arts’ program. The event also honors community angels Paula Lumbard & Susan Rennie, long-time Venice residents and Venice Arts’ supporters.

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Information on tickets and sponsorships can be found at www.venicearts.org.

 

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