Where Artistry Meets Philanthropy: The Venice Beach Art Walk

by Katie Brown
Photographs by Efren Chuong

The weekend of May 20, 21, and 22 brought a fun-filled volunteer opportunity for AGS members — the 33rd Venice Art Walk & Auctions event, which raises money each year for the Venice Family Clinic. Starting out modestly in 1979, the event now fundraises enough annually to give free health care to the approximately 24,000 clientele that visit the clinic each year.

The woman in charge of volunteers assigned us to specific places that needed help.

AGS members helped provide some helping hands for the event, doing anything from monitoring parking, setting up, checking in other volunteers, or even working with the featured artists. Once AGS members finished volunteering, they could indulge a little and peruse the outdoor art exhibits while a live, Zimbabwean marimba band played in the background. Karina Jimenez, who worked as a “studio host,” liked the overall experience.

“I enjoyed being a studio host because I got to see the [artists'] workspace and meet various people,” Karina said. “[The artists] explained to us how they did their art and what inspired them. I would definitely go again.”

Art along the walls in Westminster Avenue Elementary up for the silent auction.

Art on skateboard decks up for auction.

Karina was not the only AGS art-fan; Alexa Rabanes, an Art History student, also found the event inspiring, both artistically and in terms of the Venice Art Walk’s mission.
“I think it was really generous of the whole community to pitch in for less-fortunate families and their children,” Alexa said. “It became a reality for me when we passed by the actual clinic on the way to [the event].”

Karina felt that the event was worth attending, and worth recommending.

“I would recommend this [volunteer opportunity] to a friend,” Karina said, “because it’s a great cause and you meet great people.”




About the Alpha-Bits Team

The Alpha-Bits Team consists of AGS Alpha chapter members Katie Brown, Efren Chuong, Finnegan Pitchford, Krishna Rajagopalan and HuaYuQing (Jennifer) Yang.
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Photography: Efren Chuong, Krishna Rajagopolan
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