A Community Unites to Keep the Arts Alive in Long Beach

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arts-council-lb Arts in the Long RunOn Wednesday August 11, 2010 at the Long Beach Museum of Art, many of Long Beach’s heavy hitters will be joining forces for a very important cause: “Arts in the Long Run.”

“Arts in the Long Run” is an event hosted by the Arts Council for Long Beach in partnership with We Love Long Beach and The Jazz Angels to raise awareness about recent drastic cuts to community-based arts programs, as well as in-school and afterschool arts education and kickoff “We Love Long Beach Arts,” a charity campaign that will raise funds and help restore funding to community and school based arts programs in Long Beach.

Long Beach has been faced with the challenge of keeping arts programs afloat for years and now many of these programs are in crises. In the midst of a troubled economy, arts programs have experienced anywhere from a 30-60% decrease in funding in recent years.

Why support the Arts you ask? The answer is very simple. From the smallest neighborhood to the largest performance hall, the arts pulse through our community and these programs need support from their community to keep going! Public school budget cuts have reduced the exposure our children have to music and music instruction. Yet research shows that children involved in the arts perform better in ALL their subjects, have better daily attendance and are more likely to graduate.

The Arts Council for Long Beach is seeking community support to ensure that these programs do not go away. The Arts in the Long Run is open to the public and has a great line up in store which includes performances by many of the children in programs such as The Jazz Angels and Khmer Arts Academy.

The event’s main focus is to kick off the upcoming fundraising effort “We Love Long Beach Arts” which is the campaign being spearheaded by the Arts Council for Long Beach. The objective is to recruit runners, bikers and walkers to sign up for the International City Bank Long Beach Marathon on October 17, 2010 and to raise money on their behalf for these programs. The setting for the “Arts in the Long Run” event, the Long Beach Museum of Art, is located on the annual route for the race and will serve as the perfect reminder of how great the experience is for Marathon participants.

“We are excited to Introduce We Love Long Beach Arts to community supporters, parents and teachers”, says Craig Watson, Executive Director of the Arts Council for Long Beach. “Our goal is to raise $100,000 to restore funding to the several local music and arts programs that have seen a dramatic decrease over the last year”, he adds.

Arts in the Long Run is August 11, 2010 from 5:30-7:30pm at the Long Beach Museum of Art, 2300 East Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, 90803. For additional information on this and other Arts Council for Long Beach related events, visit the Arts Council for Long Beach website.

For more information on how to register for the marathon or to support someone that is, log on to the We Love Long Beach Arts website.

About the Arts Council for Long Beach.
The Arts Council for Long Beach was established in 1976 by the City of Long Beach to respond to the needs of the growing local arts community and to develop cultural resources. As the city’s arts agency, they function as a private 501(c)(3) organization. The Arts Council receives annual city contracts, as well as support from individuals, corporations and foundations.

Our purpose is to organize, encourage and enhance the cultural environment in the City of Long Beach. By supporting the artists in our community, together we create cultural opportunities and experiences for the people who live, work and play here.

The Arts Council for Long Beach acts as a coordinating and educational organization to foster, promote, encourage and increase the knowledge, appreciation and practice of the arts in the City of Long Beach.
For more information on the Arts Council for Long Beach log on to the Arts Council for Long Beach website.

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