Catalyst Community opens space for neighborhood networking, inspiration

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go-catalyst-communityCome celebrate the Grand Opening of Catalyst Community’s new space in the East Village on Saturday, September 12 from 4:00-10:00 p.m. The celebration will feature live art from local artists Ana Salatino and Ryan Keiser, 3D art sculptures, 2D drawings and paintings, and a live web cast projection of our GreenLBCreative! exhibit at Phantom Galleries.

The celebration at 430 E. 1st Street also coincides with the Latin American Parade & Festival happening on the same street right in front of the new Catalyst Space, and also coincides with the 2nd Saturday Art Walk happening on the cross street on Linden Avenue.

Catalyst Community is a grassroots non-profit organization working to inspire a greater sense of community, collaboration, and citizenship through meaningful relationships. Catalyst forms collaborative communities comprised of members from numerous organizations and empowers them to work together towards common goals and initiatives.

“We focus on building relationships, establishing partnerships, encouraging contribution, and inspiring growth. We call that our DNA and that’s what we’re hoping to reproduce in the community. Other than that, all of the projects and initiatives are completely community member-driven. We just give them a context to come together,” says Catalyst founder and Executive Director, Eric Leocadio.

The Catalyst Space is a place where community members can be inspired and empowered to be a catalyst in their own group, neighborhood, or community. Since June of this year, it has been a meeting space for people, organizations, and several collaborative teams to conduct their strategic plans towards various projects and initiatives. It’s also a place where community members can access the internet via four desktop computers, wireless internet access, make use of a resource library, and sign up for classes and workshops on subjects ranging from the Internet and social media to event planning and strategic planning to financial management and stress management to arts and crafts.

In only 4 months, Catalyst has launched 4 collaborative communities that have formed 13 collaborative teams comprised of almost 200 community members from about 71 different organizations. These collaborative communities include Green Long Beach!, LBCreative!, Bikes & Cycling, and Teen Girls. For more information, visit

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