The Venice Institute of Contemporary Art (ViCA) is a non-profit arts organization devoted to identifying, protecting and sustaining the history and culture of one of the most important centers of American independent artistic expression. Through its exhibitions, events, research facilities, and education curriculum, targeted to adult and family audiences, ViCA will celebrate the world of art internationally, and most importantly the art and culture of Venice Beach/Southern California. This marks the beginning of a community effort to comprehend the art world through the lens of Venice.
ViCA plans to raise funds to find and provide a permanent home for it’s facilities, including a museum, theater, library, research and preservation facility, and archival storage. It will use the facility to provide ongoing exhibits, educational programs, and events.
ViCA was presented with a Certificate of Recognition by Mayor Eric Garcetti of the City of Los Angeles for our “representation of the unique diversity of Los Angeles” as part of the Fine Arts Film Festival held on September 12, 2015 at the historic Beyond Baroque Literary Art Center.
ViCA is worked with the Councilman Bonin’s office and the Parks and Recreation Department of the City of LA, to present an exhibition called the History of Art in Venice at the former Westminster Senior Center following maintenance upgrades, and to establish a long term and/or temporary space for exhibition there, which is presently being proposed by this organization, a non-profit coalition, and many others in the community.
We are also working with LA City Councilman Mike Bonin’s office, who represents our district, through Tricia Keane, and Land Use and Planning Committee Chair, to target a suitable location for ViCA.
The Venice Neighborhood Council supports and unanimously recognized the Venice Institute of Contemporary Art on June 17, 2014.
We are working with Artist and Real Estate broker Sandy Bleifer and PLACE - a non-profit development company that specializes in artist-centered projects since 1989 - to have ViCA be part of the project for Venice.
Sponsorship via the Sam Francis Foundation and other organizations and businesses (see Sponsorship List).
Community members including artists, art related business and organizations, business owners, political officials and others. Complete list ongoing and available.