Venice Beach is a coastal community established in 1905 by Abbot Kinney. Bohemian, and gritty, it was long established as the home to surfers and artists alike. Today this neighborhood is evolving as it attracts new residents who seek an upscale, beachfront lifestyle. With that change sadly we witness the the reverse effect of connectedness. When once neighborhoods banded together with a sense of community pride we are now more apt to witness the construction of tall fences and tight security.
Venice is growing and so are the number of fences, walls and gates. We strive to break down the barriers and find a way for a community to come together.
Venice Expressed took back this forgotten alley. Neighbors, some who hadn't met each other in over 17 years, came together and tirelessly cleaned their neighborhood alley. Removing refuse and decades of overgrowth the street became visible again. Sandra Zebi, a renowned Venice artist, was commissioned to paint her 'beach life' message. Using her signature vibrant colors and ceramic 3D touches she reinvigorated an otherwise bland concrete wall. This project not only brought beauty to a grim landscape, but Venice Expressed united neighbors through a sense of pride and community.
Mural by Sandra Zebi
With a growing population, Los Angeles has experienced an influx of residents and a boom in development. The side effect is a gradual erosion of what were once small neighborly communities.
Venice Expressed is a nonprofit that is focusing on supporting neighborhood projects that aim to unite residents for a common purpose. We wish to overcome the height of fences by bringing neighbors across the boundary of their property lines to once again connect and support each other.
Our volunteers have donated time and supplies in efforts to pick up litter, groom streetscapes and restore community property. We have given to local artists in beautification projects and we will continue to fund purpose built projects for the betterment of communities.
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and improve conditions. Your generous donation will fund our mission.