Arts Council for Long Beach Receives Grant to Commission New Work

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Arts Council for Long Beach Receives Grant to Commission New WorkThe Arts Council for Long Beach received a $10,000 grant from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission to cultivate a new donor base while commissioning artists to create new artwork for The Collaborative, a cultural facility and exhibition space in Downtown Long Beach.

The Cultivate/Create grant must be matched on a dollar-for-dollar basis between August 1, 2011 and November 30, 2011 from individual donors, either, newly supporting the Arts Council, or, increasing their level of support. To reach the campaign goal of doubling the $10,000 grant, the Arts Council for Long Beach launched the Cultivate/Create/COLLABORATE campaign, a four-month push to match funding. Any gift given to this initiative is doubled during the campaign – $10 becomes $20, $100 becomes $200 – up to the $10,000 goal. Every dollar raised during the campaign supports artist programming at The Collaborative, marketing and outreach, staff time, supplies and education programs.

This grant will support the commissioning of new artwork by artists Christine Nguyen and Michael Wysong, together the artist team Impossible Moon, selected through an open call-to-artists. Nguyen received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from California State University, Long Beach and her Master of Fine Arts from University of California, Irvine. Wysong is a Long Beach-based artist, and designer. Impossible Moon will present a collection of works including large sculptural elements that will be installed at various locations in Long Beach, where the public will have the opportunity to interact with the pieces prior to their exhibition at The Collaborative. The exhibition explores the process of creating an object’s mythology or narrative through these interactions.

The Collaborative is located in a mixed-use development in Downtown Long Beach. The local businesses, the arts community and the residents are defining Downtown as an economic and cultural center. Support for The Collaborative through this furthers Downtown’s trajectory of revitalization ensuring that cultural happenings, like The Collaborative’s installations of new and exciting artwork by professional artists, continue to draw residents and visitors to the area.

The Arts Council is cultivating support for the arts in Long Beach while commissioning working artists and giving them the opportunity to create new artwork. Give to the campaign by visiting Learn more by visiting

About The Collaborative ( The Collaborative is a project of the Arts Council for Long Beach and the Museum of Latin American Art, which presents exhibitions that raise awareness of both emerging artists and new, innovative approaches to art. This project is funded by Lyon Communities, Inc. through the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency’s Percent for Public Art Program.

The Collaborative
421 West Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90802

Hours of Operation
Wednesday through Friday, 11:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday and Sunday, 11:00am – 6:00pm
Phone: (562) 590-9119
Admission to the gallery is free. Two hours of parking free with validation.

About the Arts Council (
The Arts Council for Long Beach fosters excellence in the creation and presentation of arts and cultural endeavors by supporting arts and cultural organizations and individual artists. The Arts Council provides access for families, children, and the community to a broad spectrum of creative expressions and cultural experiences by building strategic partnerships and programs that weave arts and culture into the fabric of the community.

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