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The Value of Informal Learning

How Venice Arts Innovates around Technology & the Arts

Venice Arts' students earn Manual Master badges

The MacArthur Foundation, the Wallace Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, and others in the field are exploring the tremendous impact of informal, out-of-school arts learning opportunities that expand access to the arts for underserved, low-income youth. This research looks  at how principles like Open Badges (digital credentials for knowledge and skills), interest-driven learning in digital media, and Linked Learning (integrating real-world professions with academics) are validating skills garnered through arts engagement and opening students to greater college & career opportunities.

While the primary emphasis of Venice Arts' Art Mentoring program (now 21 years strong) is developing the creative voice of each of our participants, students also gain sophisticated visual, technical, and critical thinking skills through hands-on learning projects—all vital to the 21st century workforce. This summer, students in our Media Arts Camp learned how to use a microscope camera to explore tiny worlds; how to create photographic emulsions using natural plant materials; and how to build and use a camera obscura—a makeshift camera that projects images onto a screen through a hole in a box—to frame a photograph. Click here to see photos of student learning in action through innovative projects that combine science, technology, and the arts.

This summer, we also participated in the Summer of Learning, a citywide initiative spearheaded by Mayor Eric Garcetti to engage young people in informal learning opportunities. The initiative integrates the principles of Connected Learning, an approach that recognizes that learning can take place anywhere, and that building on a learner's interests is key to engagement. The movement also recognizes the importance of assessing and credentialing both formal and informal learning through the new mechanism of digital badgesdigital credentials that represent skills earned through specific projects, courses, or other activities. We contributed Manual Master badges to the national Open Badges cohort, which can be used by students in their applications for colleges, internships, and more. More than thirty students earned badges during our Camp—and they were not easy to get! Students had to demonstrate that they have not only mastered their camera’s technical features in manual mode, but that they understand how these features contribute to aesthetic decision making.

Above: Manual Master badges designed by our comics teacher extraordinaire, Mike Jasorka

Building Storytelling Capacities in Southeast Asia

At the behest of the Bangkok-based Center for People and Forests, a Venice Arts team of photographers, filmmakers, and organization/program development consultants will be working in Thailand, Cambodia, and Myanmar for the month of September. They will be delivering an intensive training program on participant-produced photography and video, as well as consulting on the long-term development of the Center's participatory "stories of change" strategy. Learn more and bookmark this page to follow updates from the field. Interested in engaging Venice Arts for your training or capacity building work? Click here for more information.

Ten Years Later: 
Revisiting In a New Land

In 2004, Venice Arts taught Russian immigrant and refugee teens living in West Hollywood to tell their stories through the lens of a camera. The teens explored their own cross-cultural identities and took environmental portraits of the people and places in their community. This fall, Venice Arts will be re-engaging these photographers—now young adults—to document their current lives, and to interview and photograph other Russian-speaking immigrants in the community. The project's images and audio stories will be shared through an exhibition, catalogue, and multimedia feature coinciding with the City of West Hollywood's 30th Anniversary celebration. See photos and learn more here.

Right: My Dad Exercises (2004) by Daniel Korochkin-Zoryn, age 17

VA Students Take Transformational Trip through the Grand Canyon

This July, with digital, film, and video cameras in tow, four advanced photo and film students—Leo, Zinnia, Chelsea, and Mark—went on the journey of a lifetime to explore and document the Grand Canyon. During the twelve-day trip in partnership Grand Canyon Youth, students rafted down the Colorado River and hiked through the Canyon, learning about geology, history, plants, and wildlife while using their surroundings as artistic inspiration. The work they created will be presented in collaboration with G2 Gallery from January 17–March 1, 2015, with an opening reception on January 17th. Hope to see you there!

Click here to see more stunning photographs and a video from the journey and learn more about how this incredible experience came to be. A huge thank you to longtime supporter Jasmine Swope for initiating the benefit exhibition that made this opportunity possible.

Want to support future opportunities like this for Venice Arts' students? Donate here.
"It was honestly really amazing... like the most amazing experience of my entire life. Being in the Grand Canyon ... I've learned a lot... about myself, about being a more open person....It's just been a really eye-opening experience. " - Zinnia Moreno, age 18
Event tickets, sponsorships, and raffle tickets available now. Click here to get yours!

News Nibbles

Venice Arts is Your Resource

Did you know that we keep an up-to-date list of opportunities for teen photographers, filmmakers, and others on our website? Our Opportunities Database includes information about internships, photography competitions, film festivals,
scholarships, and more. Check it out here.
New Young Artists Leadership Council

This fall, with support from the Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation, we are launching a Young Artists Leadership Council. Teen Council participants will curate a youth-driven screening or exhibition each year, building their leadership and vocational skills. Stay tuned for more information about their project.
Venice Arts in the Community

Our Associate Director, Elysa Voshell, recently joined the Venice Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. We're delighted to be able to deepen our connections with and impact on our community through our involvement with the Chamber!

Upcoming Events

At Venice Arts
1702 Lincoln Blvd, Venice CA 90291

Wednesday, October 1, 7:30pm
L.A. film lovers: This is your only chance to see the the 2014 Finalists for the MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival. Join us at Venice Arts alongside an international audience of over 100,000 to be the judge of this year’s best film. 
Purchase tickets here.

Drop-in Community Story Lab:
Rock, Stumble & Roll

Sunday, October 5, 1–4pm
In this workshop, participants will master the art of using gesture in storytelling as they photograph a sequence of images that show motion, and then use them to create a digital flip book. This program is FREE for low-income adults! RSVP here.
The Community Story Lab project is supported by a grant from
The James Irvine Foundation.

21st Anniversary Preview & Live Screenprinting Event
with Junk Food Clothing Co.

Saturday, October 11, 6–9pm
Get a sneak peak of our Gala exhibition featuring professional and student photographs and get your bids in early on this year’s fabulous raffle & silent auction items. Then design your own t-shirt featuring graphics by Venice Arts' students during a live screenprinting event courtesy of Junk Food Clothing Co. 


In the Community

Accents Jewelry Design Giveback Day
Saturday, October 18, 7–10pm
Accents Jewelry Design
2900 Main Street, Santa Monica • 310.396.2284 
Shop for a new treasure, snack on cheese, sip some wine, and meet emerging local designers at this event benefiting Venice Arts. 20% of all sales go to support Venice Arts’ programming.
Want to help sustain and deepen the diverse, high-impact work that Venice Arts does with low-income and underrepresented communities? Make a one-time or recurring donation to support our programs.
VENICE ARTS: A Center for Media & Learning
1702 Lincoln Blvd. Venice, CA 90291 | 310.392.0846

Venice Arts' mission is to ignite youths' imagination, mentor their creativity, and expand their sense of possibility through high quality, accessible media-based arts education programs. Our programs also 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.