Spirit of Venice Award Nominations
Do you know someone who deserves to be acknowledged and honored for their contributions to the spirit, creativity and uniqueness of Venice?
2019 Nominations are open.
Please submit your nomination before September 15.
About The Spirit of Venice Award
Since 1989, the Abbot Kinney Festival Association has recognized exemplary stakeholders nominated by the community for their contributions to the spirit, creativity and uniqueness of Venice.
The first Spirit of Venice Award was presented at the 6th Annual Abbot Kinney Festival in 1989 to descendants of Abbot Kinney, the Founder of Venice, California. Also that year, West Washington Boulevard was renamed to Abbot Kinney Boulevard in his honor.
The award was created by John Kertisz, Poet Laureate and a 1989 Festival Board member, to recognize persons who are actively involved in the community and/or serve as inspirational role models.
Many Venetians have been honored with Spirit of Venice Awards including Vera Davis, Joe Gold, Gregory Hines, Emily Winters, Linda Lucks, Jay Griffith, Sgt. Theresa Skinner, Yo Venice, and Jesse Martinez.
Presentation of the 2018 Spirit of Venice Awards
Photography by Venice Paparazzi. See more here.
2017 Photos - click to enlarge:
2018 SPIRIT OF VENICE AWARDEES
2017 SPIRIT OF VENICE AWARDEES
2016 SPIRIT OF VENICE AWARDEES
Los Angeles City Councilmember, District 11 Mike Bonin
Rabbi Lori Shapiro
LAPD Senior Lead Office Peggy Thusing
2015 SPIRIT OF VENICE AWARDEES
Cecilia Castillo, Former Field Deputy to Councilman Bonin
Edizen Stowell, Community Contributor
Sue Kaplan, Community Activist
Challis MacPherson (Posthumous), Community Activist
2014 SPIRIT OF VENICE AWARDEES
Ed Moses, Artist
Tom Everhart, Artist
Laddie John Dill, Artist
Mariana Aguilar, Community Activist
Eduardo Manilla, Chairman of the Arts Committee of the Venice Neighborhood Council
Jay Adams (posthumous), Skateboarding pioneer and one of the original members of the legendary Dogtown Z-Boys