By Regan Kibbee
A Window Between Worlds operates in the belief that art can transform trauma by opening windows of safety, self-expression and interpersonal connection.
The Venice-based nonprofit casts this net of support over abused and neglected children as well as victims of domestic violence by facilitating various art-based recovery workshops throughout the community.
Once a year, the community comes out to support A Window Between Worlds for its annual Art
in the Afternoon fundraiser, a family-friendly event that includes art-making workshops, carnival games and cameos by Disney Channel stars.
The popular community festival, attended by more than 600 people last year, returns to the Venice Skills Center on May 7.
This year’s Art in the Afternoon will be hosted by 17-year-old actress G Hannelius, known for her starring role as Avery Jennings on Disney Channel’s “Dog with a Blog,” and co-emceed by actress Beth Littleford, who plays Avery’s mother in the show and was a correspondent for “The Daily Show.”
Additional community support is coming from NBC/Universal, Google LA, intent.com and The Art Institute of California – Los Angeles.
In addition to the art workshops and carnival games, Art in the Afternoon attendees can participate in face painting, bubble play and hula hooping with Hoopitup! as well as live and silent auctions. The Aquarium of the Pacific is bringing live sea creatures, and Make Me Nails and Creative Chakra Spa are also part of the festivities. In-N-Out Burger (noon
to 2 p.m.), Panda Express, Sprinkles Cupcakes and SuperCool Creamery are bringing the food (first come, first served while supplies last).
A Window Between Worlds was founded in 1991 by Cathy Salser, a Los Angeles-based artist and teacher. Salser originally led art workshops at shelters across the country to provide survivors of domestic violence, like herself, a safe and supportive space to freely express themselves and tell their stories.
Art in the Afternoon happens from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, at the Venice Skills Center, 611 5th Ave., Venice. Tickets are $10 for kids, $25 for teens and $60 for adults. For more information, call (310) 396-0317 or visit awbw.org.