About Venice and Metro Site 6
Venice was built by Abbot Kinney as a cultural attraction and has fulfilled that goal decade after decade - home to the beat generation in the 60’s and the City’s most illustrious artists for the past 40 years. Indeed, local charities (like the Venice Family Clinic, A Window Between Worlds and the Boys and Girls club have sustained themselves on the donations of artwork and the participation of artists in their programs.
Venice also offers attractive beachfront real estate threatening the affordability of this location for artists. For several years now, as we have seen our artists displaced accelerated by the massive expulsion at the Vernon studios, the remaining artists, the business community and our neighbors have advocated for the preservation of the artist community. The Metro site 6 is the ideal location to create an arts colony that would help resident artists sustain themselves while providing a cultural amenity to the neighborhood and business.
We have been aided by volunteer architects and designers - members of OAC (Open Architecture Collaborative) - in the conceptualization of a design that enables artists and visitors to benefit from programs and services and a flow through the site that connects the surrounding residential and business neighborhood with the beach.
Join us in support of an Arts Colony at the Metro’s Site 6!