Venice Field Guide Launches on KCET's Award-Winning Web Documentary Series Departures



Series features more than 20 field guides on history, food, art and recreation, providing an immersive 'tour' of one of the most eccentric and artistic beachside neighborhoods in L.A.


Los Angeles - March 19, 2012 - As part of KCET's on-going commitment to provide local, cutting-edge content on all media platforms, the nation's largest independent television station serving Southern and Central California, is pleased to launch KCET's Definitive Guide to Venice, a new interactive series featuring more than 20 different excursions to one of the most eccentric and artistic beachside neighborhoods in Los Angeles. 

Spanning an array of topics including, history, food, arts and recreation, the comprehensive Venice field guide offers detailed mapping tools, a host of first-person interviews, as well as blogs, photos and imagery that will navigate visitors through the neighborhood's narrow pedestrian pathways that slice through unique residential bungalows, quirky cottages and flourishing gardens


Suited for both individuals and families, the series also focuses on artistic institutions like SPARC, housed in the old Venice jailhouse, as well as architectural tours and recommendations for the best coastal bike paths, including a loop along gorgeous Ballona Creek.  In addition, the guide features a one-of-a-kind Mural Tour of the larger-than-life paintings done by local artists that often go unnoticed along the Venice Boardwalk. 

"We're thrilled to debut the Venice Field Guides," said Juan Devis, director of Production & Program Development at KCET.  "Since its founding over a hundred years ago, Venice has been a mesmerizing neighborhood that once touted amusement parks over the ocean and gondola rides through the canals.  We hope this new series will introduce visitors to a community they only thought they knew."


KCET's Definitive Guide to Venice is the third installment in the station's field guide series, which also includes a guide to Highland Park and the Los Angeles River, as well as plans for several others.


About KCET Departures

KCET Departures provides a 360º people-centric experience; is participatory in nature; and serves as a central nexus in people sharing, commenting, collaborating, and finding ways to be involved in their communities. These relationships are fostered offline and on by engaging community residents, non-profit organizations, schools and students, in the creation and procurement of relevant and relatable content. From development to production, the neighborhood and its community (the stake holders) are involved in the process of production, resulting in a tight knit between the aspirations of the local community and the station. Departures is a participatory platform, a series, and a network where people can convene information and ideas about our city and its people, and engage in the interpretation of the city that we live in.  Departures is funded by The Boeing Company, California Council for the Humanities and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.


About KCET

On-air, online and in the community, KCET plays a vital role in the cultural and educational enrichment of Southern and Central California. KCET currently produces the Emmy®, duPont-Columbia and Peabody Award-winning SoCal Connected, a hard-hitting prime-time weekly television news program that examines the issues and people of Southern California. Throughout its 48-year history, KCET has won hundreds of major awards for its local and regional news and public affairs programming, its national drama and documentary productions, its quality educational family and children's programs, its outreach and community services and its website, KCET is a donor-supported community institution. For additional information about KCET productions, Web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit



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