Check out the Venice Arts Plaza for theatre and art!

Check out the Venice Art Plaza on Venice Blvd. between Abbot Kinney Blvd and Lincoln Blvd.  This area houses S.P.A.R.C. (Social And Public Art Resource Center), Beyond Baroque and Pacific Resident Theatre.  



  • S.P.A.R.C.   Social And Public Art Resource Center.  The Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) was founded in 1976 by Chicana muralist and educator Judy Baca, filmmaker/director Donna Deitch and Artist/Teacher Christina Schlesinger.    SPARC’s public projects, which are national and international in scope, now number in Los Angeles alone in the 100’s and are considered among the most important landmarks of our city. Since 1976 SPARC has been working in Los Angeles’ communities, including poor and immigrant communities with youth and their families as participants in the production of public monuments – artworks that make their stories evident to local, national and international audiences. Through the expansion of the American historical narrative, SPARC seeks to create understanding between diverse ethnic groups and respect for the significant contributions made by diverse populations that make up a nation of immigrants.
  •  Located in the Old Venice Police Station, our home since 1977.  685 Venice Blvd.  Venice, California 90291   |


  • Beyond Baroque.  Beyond Baroque is one of the United States’ leading independent Literary | Arts Centers and public spaces dedicated to expanding the public’s knowledge of poetry, literature and art through cultural events and community interaction. Founded in 1968, Beyond Baroque is based out of the original City Hall building in Venice, California.  The Center offers a diverse variety of literary and arts programming including readings, workshops, new music and education. The building also houses a bookstore with the largest collection of new poetry books and CDs for sale and an archive that houses over 40,000 books, including small press and limited-edition publications, chronicling the history of poetry movements in Los Angeles and beyond.


  • Pacific Resident TheaterPacific Resident Theatre.   Celebrating 26 years in Venice, CA, Pacific Resident Theatre is the recipient of more than 200 awards for excellence, including the prestigious Margaret Hartford Award for continuous achievement in the small theater arena.Under the guidance of Artistic Director, Marilyn Fox, the company is frequently singled out as one of “. . . the best theaters operating in Southern California.” (LA Times).  


Edgemar Center for the Arts:  Edgemar Center for the Arts serves as collaborative rehearsal and performance space, and houses one of the top Los Angeles acting schools, helping to develop and prepare artists of all disciplines and experience levels. It is a space in which professional and classical theater productions, dance performances dance performances, visual arts and film works are performed. We are also one of the most recommended venues for Santa Monica theater and film location rentals. We believe in nurturing high level independent, experimental, and student works in various stages of development and is a collaborative workspace for all kinds of artists.  Take a look at our shows – Theatre In LA – Los Angeles.  


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