The Venice Community Trust, dedicated to “inspiring creativity through arts and education,” is an organization that reaches out to and beyond the Los Angeles community.

Started on July 4th, 2005, on the 100th anniversary of Venice of America, the Venice Community Trust sprang from a grass-roots Venice initiative dedicated to honoring the past by building archives and collections, sharing the present by mounting ongoing exhibitions, and assuring the future through educational projects.

It has supported its operations entirely by contributions of works of art from artists and collectors.

While schools all over the country have had their art programs cut back, the Venice Community Trust has mounted art exhibits and projects in the Los Angeles community to fill in the gap. The organization also has developed outreach programs to nurture schools and students around the world.

In addition to affecting film, dance, theater, visual arts, writing, design, and music, academic budget cuts are endangering arts awareness everywhere, says an organizaetion spokesman.

Venice Community Trust has sponsored an art exhibition and sale, Cool School Revisited, to benefit Los Angeles-area teens and the newly established “Films for Schools” programs. The program was created to broaden students’ understanding of options that exist within the arts while introducing them to potential career possibilities.

The exhibit includes artists Larry Bell, Billy Al Bengston, Lynne Folks, Frank Gehry, Dennis Hopper, Ed Moses, Ken Price, Ed Ruscha, and many others, and is on display by appointment from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through Friday, January 11th, at Ravenswork Studios, 1611 Electric Ave., Venice.

Information, (310) 954-7339.