Thanks to CJ Gronner, who visited with us in Centennial Park recently on her return to Venice to talk about our plans for the Museum and discuss the importance of preserving our history in the present moment. Check out this feature article on Blogtown, her long-running news outlet for all things Venice!
Since the launch of the Venice Heritage Museum's Indiegogo capital campaign two weeks ago on April 13, the spotlight has been growing on our organization's volunteer-led efforts to build the first-ever museum for Venice.
We're humbled and grateful for the outpouring of support that we have received from the community, and excited to see local media taking note! Check out the following press highlights:
We can use your support tonight!
Join us as Board Secretary, Kristina von Hoffmann, presents our significant progress of the past 6 months while catching up on the latest updates about the Venice Heritage Museum project at tonight's general board meeting of the Venice Neighborhood Council. We're presenting in support of a motion at the VNC to update their letter of support for the Museum.
Thanks to local photographer, advocate, and Community Officer, Brian Averill, for putting up the motion to renew the VNC's support for the Venice Heritage Museum project!
Details on how to join:
General Public Comment will be open as the motion is presented. Just 'raise your hand' on Zoom or press *9 if you're calling in when the period opens.
Hearing from you—our community—is a quick, easy, and meaningful way to share your support for making the Venice Heritage Museum a reality. It takes only 1-2 minutes and every voice counts.
We're Agenda Item 11A, so you can catch us after dinner around 8 pm.
Please click to view the agenda below:
Please click the link below to join the webinar:
Or Dial by Telephone:
US:+1(669)900-6833 or +1(253)215-8782
Dial Toll Free: (877) 853-5257 or (888) 475-4499,
Webinar ID: 884 3586 0981
Can't make the call? You can still drop a line before 5 pm today!
Email a short note to email@example.com referencing Agenda Item 11A in the subject line, and let VNC know why our first-ever history museum for the Venice community is important to you!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about participating & we'll get back to you. See you online!
Big thanks to Jason Hill, founder of the iconic 'Venice Stories' column in The Argonaut, for inviting us to share our New Year's Wish for Venice in his latest edition!
Jason's comics detail the people and places that have played a part in Venice's diverse and colorful history. Board Member, Kristina von Hoffmann, was honored to be featured alongside local legends and friends on behalf of the Museum project. Special thanks to Cary Ann Hill, a longtime Venice Heritage supporter, for the shout out!
(*Bonus read: Kristina had her own 'Venice Stories' feature last year covering the Museum project. Check it out here!)
Our Board Historian, Elayne Alexander, just published Part II of her article about Venice founder, Abbot Kinney’s legacy as a Botanist/City Builder!
You can find the article in the February 2021 issue of local magazine, Venice Living, where Elayne has a monthly recurring column called 'History of Venice' — or enjoy it right here on our blog, reprinted with the blessing of publisher, Carole Stein.
Since the end of last year when we put out a call for volunteers, the Venice Heritage Museum team—and creative capacity—have expanded! At the same time, the energy and momentum behind our project have picked up speed, bringing with it a new influx of allies, friends, and followers.
Thus, we felt like the new year was the perfect time to reintroduce the 'Who / What / When / Where / Why' of the Museum project to all of our new supporters.
Check out this series conceived of and crafted by our Board Member, Sergio Enriquez, with creative input from volunteer, Sheena De León. No matter how long we've been connected, enjoy this creative refresh and of-the-moment update on our progress!
Our Board Historian, Elayne Alexander, just published another edition of her History of Venice column in the January 2021 issue of local magazine, Venice Living! The article about Venice founder, Abbot Kinney, is reprinted here for you to enjoy with the permission and great partnership of publisher, Carole Stein.
Guest post from the Venice Japanese American Memorial Monument (VJAMM) Committee: Arnold Maeda Manzanar Pilgrimage Grant Available for College Students
Contact: Phyllis Hayashibara
Voice: (310) 717-3393
November 2, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Arnold Maeda Manzanar Pilgrimage Grant Available for College Students
LOS ANGELES — On November 2, the Manzanar Committee and the Venice Japanese American Memorial Monument (VJAMM) Committee announced that the First Annual Arnold Maeda Manzanar Pilgrimage Grant is now available. Two college students will be selected to work with the Manzanar Committee to help plan and produce the 52nd Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, to be held on April 24, 2021, by researching materials, contacting speakers and presenters, assisting in video recordings, attending Manzanar Committee planning meetings, and performing other duties, as needed. Recipients would work a total of 30 hours each and would each be paid a $500.00 stipend.
Maeda, who passed on September 10, 2020, at the age of 94, inspired the Venice Japanese American Memorial Monument Committee, in which he participated as a charter member, and he proved to be an invaluable speaker and fundraiser. The VJAMM Committee dedicated the monument on April 27, 2017, on the northwest corner of Venice and Lincoln Boulevards, where some 1,000 persons of Japanese ancestry were forcibly removed from Venice, Santa Monica, and Malibu, lined up with only what they could carry, for their day-long bus ride to the American concentration camp at Manzanar. Maeda remembered that day in his quote engraved on the monument:
“Instead of being worried about where we were going, I was obsessed with the fact that I had parted with my constant companion, my pet dog, Boy. For a fifteen-year old, that was unforgettably traumatic.”
Applicants will have opportunities to get to know Maeda and his legacy through his many online interviews and articles, and will write a short essay, short story, or poem as part of their application. Written work must address three or more areas of reflection: who Maeda was and how he became a role model for the Japanese American community; how Maeda’s legacy has influenced the applicant; how the applicant will apply the lessons learned from Maeda to his/her life today; how Maeda’s life in the American concentration camp at Manzanar compares/contrasts with the student’s life today; how collaboration and service to others has affected the applicant’s life; how and why working with the Manzanar Committee on the 2021
Manzanar Pilgrimage will help the applicant better understand Maeda’s life and legacy; or what about Maeda has inspired the applicant to participate in the Manzanar Pilgrimage.
Applications are due no later than Friday, December 4 2020 and winners will be announced by the end of December. For more information and applications, please visit the Manzanar Committee web site at https://manzanarcommittee.org or the VJAMM web site at https://www.venicejamm.org Questions can be sent to: email@example.com.
Download the Arnold Maeda Manzanar Pilgrimage Grant information and application here:
Big thanks to Carole L. Stein, Publisher and Founder of Venice Living magazine, for inviting us to share the Venice Heritage Museum project in the Non-Profit Spotlight section of the November 2020 issue!
Check out the article below:
Do you love Venice's culture and history?
The Venice Heritage Foundation team is interested in the possibility of expanding our small but mighty team to include a few more seasoned volunteers who are connected to, and passionate about Venice and its legacy to help us bring the Venice Heritage Museum to life!
Soon we'll be kicking off the first leg of our capital campaign,
otherwise known as the...
— 115 Campaign --
We chose the name in honor of Venice's 115th birthday, which we celebrated earlier this summer (founded July 4, 1905), and our goal to raise $115K to fund the first phase of building the first-ever museum for Venice.
(It's about time, huh?!)
Do you have skills in one of the following areas?
Social Media - Graphic Design - Marketing - Fundraising
Volunteer Management - Grantwriting
Sound like you? Want to help us make history & preserve it at the same time?
Send an email to veniceheritagemuseum(at)gmail(dot)com and we'll get back to you soon!