Celebrate Arts Month in Long Beach

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Arts Month Egg

The art egg will be on display at The Collaborative, a gallery located at 421 W. Broadway in downtown Long Beach, throughout October. Photo by Thomas Wasper.

From amazing homegrown festivals to classical symphony performances and avant-garde theatre, Long Beach has it all and it’s all happening this October.

The Arts Council for Long Beach invites you to get involved in Long Beach Arts Month, an annual program that renews awareness and support for local arts. 

Arts Month Calendar of Events

“Opportunities to enjoy the arts occur every day,” said John Glaza, Executive Director of the Arts Council for Long Beach. “Long Beach Arts Month makes it even easier to go see a play, or visit a gallery, or listen to live music, or take an art workshop, or attend a book club. Find hundreds of great things to do at LongBeachArtsMonth.org/Calendar.”

Many of the events promoted at LongBeachArtsMonth.org are free, interactive events, including an expert-led photography tour of the Port of Long Beach which will result in a gallery showing of attendees’ works.

The Great Wall of Long Beach

The Arts Council for Long Beach invites Instagram users to post photos of the arts–whether arts experiences, or of beauty they find in the city–to a digital community mural called “The Great Wall of Long Beach” simply by hash tagging their Instagrams with #artslb. The Great Wall can be accessed anytime at LongBeachArtsMonth.org.

The Great Wall of Long Beach will be projected onto physical walls in real time at events throughout October. During these events, Instagrammers can have fun creating a cool visual mash-up of the very event the Wall appears at, while at the same time, broadcasting a multi-perspective experience of the event itself.

Opening Ceremony and Arts Egg

On the first day of October, eclectic Long Beach artists gathered on the shores of Long Beach to rouse the city’s artistic curiosity.

Long Beach dancer Paloma Pomba, whose entire body was artistically transformed into a modern muse by Long Beach make-up artist Abbigale Agape McCarthy, descended upon the ocean waters with a soundscape created by Long Beach sound artists Toaster Music.

Her mission? To retrieve and extol a golden art egg crafted by local award-winning Long Beach public artist, Trace Fukuhara. As the art egg was raised from the waters of the Pacific, the muse proclaimed 31 days of art in Long Beach.

Like the Blarney Stone in Ireland that legendarily bequeaths those who kiss it “the gift of gab,” the art egg is a symbolic creative energizer. Long Beach artists, writers, and creatives can visit the art egg in October to touch it and renew their creative energies.

The art egg will be on display at The Collaborative, a gallery located at 421 W. Broadway in downtown Long Beach, throughout October. The Collaborative is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Long Beach Arts Month Cake Cutting at First Fridays

On Friday, October 4th, at 8:00 pm in the North Gallery of the Expo Arts Building (4321 Atlantic Avenue) in Bixby Knolls, the Arts Council for Long Beach invites the public to attend a brief public presentation about the highlights of Long Beach Arts Month and for a cake-cutting celebration.

Make sure to attend First Fridays before and after the presentation for a festive atmosphere. At First Fridays you will find everything from galleries to street art, jazz trios to barbershop quartets. This month’s theme is ARTober so expect an extra dose of creative programming and surprises.

Free Promotion for Arts Events Happening in October

If you’re hosting arts events in Long Beach during October (including plays, music, afterschool arts activities, workshops, poetry, dance performances, exhibits, festivals, literary
discussions and cultural performances), Long Beach Arts Month can promote you for free. To get started, visit LongBeachArtsMonth.org/participate.

For more about Long Beach Arts Month, visit www.LongBeachArtsMonth.org

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