Actress Cassidy Mack

Actress Cassidy Mack

Foster youth and adoptees share their personal stories on Saturday during the Celia Center Arts Festival at The Electric Lodge in Venice.

The inaugural festival showcases artwork and performances by foster youth, foster care alumni and adoptees about their lives and experiences in the foster care and adoption systems. The festival’s art exhibition “Adopting Resilience, Fostering the Spirit of Creativity: the Voices of the Fostered and Adopted” features works by artists who were adopted and/or in the foster care and expresses their experiences across many artistic mediums.

Actress and former foster youth adoptee Cassidy Mack will read from Jamie Lee Curtis’ book “I Feel Silly” at noon. Susan Ito will perform her one-woman show about meeting her biological mother, “The Ice Cream Gene,” at 2 p.m., and at 8 p.m. Brian Stanton will perform his one-man show, “Blank,” about an adopted hero’s mythical journey to uncover the truth behind his birth.

The festival will also host healing workshops ($10) focused on foster care and adoption, an artist’s panel (free), children’s art and storytelling activities (free), and a book giveaway. All proceeds benefit the Celia Center, a non-profit dedicated to addressing the needs of the foster care and adoption communities. Sign up for healing workshops in advance.

— Christina Campodonico

The Celia Center Arts Festival happens from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 23, at The Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice. $0 to $15. For full schedule, visit