Venice Art Place - Community Input Meeting

Venice Art Place - Community Input Meeting

As part of Metro’s joint development process to determine the use for an abandoned bus depot site in Venice, we participated in a great community design workshop last week! This was the first meeting of their community-based process to determine the new use for this site in the heart of Venice. OACLA has been assisting and representing artist community liaison Sandy Bleifer and a collective of artists by helping them to envision an artist colony.

September Happy Hour

It's that time again! We have had a busy summer with lots of exciting projects and activities, so please join us for our September Happy Hour and come find out what we've been up to all summer. Whether you already volunteer or just want to learn more, we'd love to see you, so please join us for some good food, drinks, and conversation!

Call for Volunteers - Venice Artist's Colony

Help us envision the new home for an eclectic artist community in a former MTA Bus Depot in the heart of Venice by providing an affordable housing master plan proposal and conceptual design for the Venice Art community. We will be going to VENTURA, CA, about an hour and a half north of Venice Beach for a precedent tour of artist housing. The site visit will provide an overview of the project and some discussion of task and team schedules. RSVP to our Facebook event here or go to and click on "Get Involved" then choose "Venice Artist’s Colony".


Avalon Carver Community Mural Painting and Landscape Planting

Avalon Carver Community Mural Painting and Landscape Planting

It might have been 100 degrees but OACLA and local volunteers were super excited to come out to the Avalon Carver community Center to give back to the community. We spent the week stripping off the old wall finish and preparing the site for work. This weekend, we masked off the wall for the Mary B. Henry mural design. In addition, we cleared brought over pick axes and shovels to clear the existing planter of roots and trash, in order to plant and mulch the drought tolerant cacti and shrubs.

We’d like to thank local landscaping supplier Los Angeles Nursery for their generous donation of their plants.

Volunteer Opportunity - Avalon Carver Mural Painting and Planting Day!

Join us for some summer fun and outreach! We are looking for volunteers for our mural painting and planting project at Avalon Carver! The first phase is the 3rd weekend of July and you can help out for as long or as little as you like. We will be painting the first day from 9a - 4p and planting the second day at the same times. RSVP to our Facebook event here or click on "Get Involved" and choose "Avalon Carver Community Center - Mural Painting and Planting Day". 


Fringe Foundation Grant

We are so excited to announce that we have received a $5,000 grant from the Fringe Foundation that will help fund our Avalon Carver Community Center project as well as educational events (like our Connecting LA panel discussion last year) for all of you!  We are so grateful to The Fringe Foundation for believing in and supporting the work we do and we are looking forward to using these funds to help make positive change in our LA community! 

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Come Hang with OACLA!

Come hang out with the OACLA Leadership Board on May 17 for our bi-monthly Happy Hour! This one is at the awesome Angel City Brewery in the Arts District / Los Angeles. Bring your ideas and questions - it will be a wonderful night of speakeasy conversations and laughs.