Venice nonprofit A Window Between Worlds teams with Disney stars to aid victims of child abuse and domestic violence

By Michael Aushenker

Children can enjoy face-painting and games at Art in the Afternoon

Children can enjoy face-painting and games at Art in the Afternoon

Disney Channel stars will shine in broad daylight on Sunday for the 12th annual Art in the Afternoon, a family-friendly fundraising event supporting the Venice nonprofit A Window Between Worlds.

A Window Between Worlds facilitates arts programs to help women and children who are victims of domestic, sexual or other violence heal from their spiritual wounds. Since 1991, the organization has worked with more than 130,000 battered women and their children through partnerships with crisis shelters and transitional homes throughout the country, according to its website. A Window Between Worlds ran more than 13,500 art workshops last year alone.

“Our theme this year is Stepping into a New Tomorrow,” said Event and Volunteer Coordinator Lindsay Merfeld. “We’re going to announce our expanded scope and vision for the organization.”

Merfeld said this year’s event may have as many as 16 Disney Channel celebrities in attendance to sign autographs and pose for photos, including event host G. Hannelius, star of “Dog with a Blog.”

Attendees can look forward to lots of free activities, including Aquarium of the Pacific’s Aquarium on Wheels, live music from three different bands as well as a giant Jenga game and a Hula Hoop contest involving hundreds of people, she said. Color Me Mine conducts a ceramic painting area, while an In-N-Out Burger Cookout from noon to 2:30 p.m. should sate anyone’s Double-Double cravings.

Live and silent auctions include items provided by Universal Studios Hollywood, Trapeze School Los Angeles, 220 Fitness and the L.A. Dodgers.

The event takes place from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Venice Skills Center, 611 5th Ave., Venice. Adult admission is $50; teens $20, and kids 12 and under attend free. Call (310) 396-0317 or visit