Enjoy A LOT of Art Throughout Long Beach This Weekend

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Running September 20th, 21st, and 22nd, experience a weekend full of A LOT of art with the Arts Council for Long Beach in your neighborhood. Spend your weekend with the local community groups and participate in free arts experiences. By linking arts and culture to local neighborhoods, A LOT broadens audience and artist engagement in traditionally underserved areas of Long Beach. A LOT successfully launched on September 7th with over 350 Long Beach residents attending the kick off at A LOT Central on Anaheim and Walnut. A LOT Downtown and A LOT North will open this weekend for free, all-inclusive arts experiences!

A LOT Downtown is located at Renaissance High School for the Arts with free arts experiences Friday, September 20th from 6pm to 9pm and Saturday, September 21st from 3pm to 10pm.

The A LOT Downtown partnership between the Arts Council for Long Beach and Renaissance High School for the Arts contributes to the exciting opportunities afforded to the community by these organizations. Quentin Brown, Renaissance High School for the Arts Principal states, “I am extremely pleased to partner with the Arts Council for Long Beach and support A LOT’s vision to increase arts awareness in our city.” Renaissance High School for the Arts is the only visual and performing arts magnet high school in Long Beach. Renaissance provides students with both a challenging visual, performing arts program and a rigorous college preparatory curriculum. John Glaza, Executive Director at the Arts Council for Long Beach, believes that, “this partnership is a no brainer – we’re so lucky to have Renaissance involved as we continue to make the arts more accessible to the community.”

A LOT North launches on Sunday, September 22nd at Artesia and Atlantic. With the work of many varied community partners and artists, A LOT North features dance, music, nature, and a drum circle paired with local cuisine. Ample free parking is available on A LOT North and programs run from 12pm to 4pm.

The A LOT experience in Long Beach will add to the national conversation about creative place-making. As the City’s arts agency whose mission is to foster creativity and culture, enlivening communities and enabling a thriving economy, the Arts Council is honored to be leading this initiative. Founded in 1976 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization and governed by a local board of directors, the Arts Council believes the vibrant art scene makes Long Beach a premiere destination for residents, businesses, students and visitors.

A LOT was made possible by a grant from the prestigious National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) received by the Arts Council. Long Beach was the only city in Southern California selected to receive an Our Town grant and only one of six to receive the largest grant of $150,000 over two years. As a matching grant, the Arts Council must rely on the generosity of local individuals, businesses, organizations, government and private foundations to raise the additional $150,000 needed to fully implement A LOT. More information is available at www.ALOTLongBeach.org.

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