Mark your calendars for the 2019 Venice Family Clinic Art Walk this May 19th. This is a fun, all-ages event that you will enjoy while it gives back to the community in a big way.
Now in its 40th year, the Venice Family Clinic Art Walk was created to help raise funding for the Venice Family Clinic. The clinic was launched in 1970 in space borrowed from a small store-front dental office after hours to provide health care for those that live in poverty.
The clinic has grown considerably and now operates out of 12 sites with over 1,300 individuals, including 400 physicians that donate their time to help provide affordable health care for low income families.
The Venice Family Clinic Art Walk is one of the primary fundraisers to keep the clinic going. Last year the art walk raised over $800,000 for the clinic.
While the Art Walk is on the 19th, members of the Silver Circle & Art Walk Angel Members get early access to the silent auction where they can secure works by leading contemporary artists. If you wish to gain membership and attend the early silent auction, click here
The art walk itself is on Sunday May 19th at Google Venice from 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM at 340 Main Street in Venice. Note that the entrance to the walk is actually on the east side of Google Venice at 340 Hampton Drive.
Food trucks and tables will line Hampton Ave between Rose Ave and Sunset Ave. There is a family fun zone, a live art exhibit area and a beer/wine garden with live music… and of course there is some the finest art you could ever hope to see.
The art walk is free. However if you want to participate in the Venice Art Walk Studio Tours a $40 donation is required. The tour lets you get a behind the scenes look at how the artists create their work. The studio tour begins at Noon and runs until 4:00.
There is free parking and shuttles at Walgrove Avenue Elementary School, 1630 Walgrove Ave. Valet Parkilng at the Venice Skills Center for $15.00 at 611 5th Ave.
Be sure to watch the video of last years Venice Family Clinic Art Walk to see just how enriching this event is.
I want to close this with a shout out to the artists that have donated their work to this project. I constantly encourage people to support the arts and the artists that create that art… and I’m constantly struck by the realization of just how much our communities owe the artist. Over and over I see how artists have changed entire communities (including Venice) from unwanted slums to extremely desirable neighborhoods. How much they have raised for charities and how much they shape our world. So when we say support the arts, really support them! Buy their work and buy it directly from the artist.
More information on the Venice Family Clinic Art Walk here.
See photos of the Venice Family Clinic Art Walk from last year after the break…