Arts Council for Long Beach Announces Artists Selected for “A Lot”

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The Arts Council for Long Beach is pleased to announce the 40 artists and arts organizations selected as partners for our second year of the A LOT initiative: A LOT 2014. Artist partners were chosen from over 50 applications, after review by community panelists.

A LOT is a city-wide initiative presented by the Arts Council for Long Beach in collaboration with the City of Long Beach. Each A LOT event presents a variety of genres in underutilized spaces. A LOT 2014 performances include: Jazz, Ballet Folklorico, drumming, theatre, clowning, visual art, and ear oriented performance. A full artist list is listed below.

“We are very excited to bring together this outstanding group of performing and visual artists in a series of innovative programs,” said Victoria Bryan, Executive Director of the Arts Council for Long Beach. “In addition to the individual artist partners, A LOT 2014 will include programs created by our four curatorial partners: Long Beach Playhouse, Creativity Network partnered with Homeland Cultural Center, Jazz Angels, and Dance Long Beach. We are particularly pleased with this new collaborative aspect of A LOT 2014.”

Each of the curatorial and artist partners will contribute to the vibrancy of A LOT 2014 and focus on community building through art. A LOT 2014 artist Jocelyn Foye, explained, “I take pride in creating work that is a celebration of the ‘body’, whether that body is an individual or part of a group to be gathered, representing the City of Long Beach.”

The selected list of artists includes: Angela Willcocks, ArtExchange, Arts & Services for Disabled, Inc., Bike Odyssey, Carole Frances Lung, Cornerstone Theater (Teatro Jornalero Sin Fronteras), The Creativity Network partnered with Homeland Cultural Center, Dance Long Beach, David Hedden, Donna Sternberg & Dancers, Four Clowns, Hmong Association of LB, the Jazz Angels, Jocelyn Foye, Long Beach Playhouse, Margie Darrow, Noah Madrid, Pony Box Dance Theater, P.O.P’D, Renee Tanner, Rotaract Long Beach, Vivian Wenhuey Chen, and wikiGong.

The dates and locations of A LOT are:
A LOT Downtown (located at Long Beach Boulevard and 3rd): Saturday, September 27, and Sunday, September 28, 2014
A LOT North (located at Artesia and Atlantic): Saturday, October 18, and Sunday, October 19, 2014

A LOT adds to the national conversation about creative placemaking. As the City’s arts agency, whose mission is to foster creativity and culture, enliven communities, and enable a thriving economy, the Arts Council is honored to be facilitating 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 that 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 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. Other funders for the event include the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation and California Community Foundation.

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