City’s Cultural Diversity Takes Center Stage at Color Me Long Beach Event

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USA Today has called Long Beach the most diverse city in the United States. COLOR ME LONG BEACH: A Multicultural Urban Arts and Video Experience, offers the community an opportunity to experience that diversity in a celebration of multicultural urban arts and video representing the many communities that call Long Beach home. On Saturday, September 27th from 4 pm to 9 pm, join COLOR ME LONG BEACH for this unique, hands-on experience. Presented in partnership with The Creativity Network and Homeland Cultural Center, it will take place in the parking lot adjacent to the former site of Acres of Books at Third Street and Long Beach Blvd. and will also include food trucks.

Mayor Robert Garcia says, “I want to encourage everyone to come and enjoy this great event that highlights the creativity and diversity of our city’s youth. It promises to be educational and entertaining for all. I look forward to seeing you there!”

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 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. A LOT was made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) received by the Arts Council. Other funders for the event include the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation and California Community Foundation.

The five-hour long curated experience will feature live performances and interactive activities for the entire family. “COLOR ME LONG BEACH will highlight the richness and depth of the changing demographics of Long Beach and the arts and culture that rises from it,” says event producer Antonio Ruiz. “Our goal is to engage all of the city’s residents with a special focus on those communities that have not traditionally participated in larger citywide arts events.”

Performances
Featured Performers will host workshops following their time onstage to allow attendees to participate and learn more about their unique performances, dance forms and instruments.

  • Dembrebrah West African Drum and Dance Ensemble
  • Kutturan Chamoru Performers of Guam
  • Homeland Street Dance Crew
  • Cambodian Fine Art Heritage Relief Foundation
  • Homeland Funkstylers
  • Hmong Association of Long Beach
  • Danza Azteca Xipetotec
  • Halle Johnson, Singer/Songwriter
  • Homeland Spoken Word Artists
  • Emcee June Kaewsith, Long Beach multidisciplinary artist, educator

Artists’ Way Hands-On Workshops

  • Join Long Beach Main Library’s Studio, WE Labs, and the Y’s Youth Institute at UrbanTechno, an exploration of technology and urban communities. Visitors can participate in live video recording and experience the excitement of designing and creating 3-D printed pieces.
  • Join The Long Beach Depot for Creative ReUse and Save Oceans & Seas: Our City Our Ocean that will use reclaimed articles from local beaches to create beautiful mixed media art on discarded surfboards.
  • Join Village Treasures, an African Gift Shop, Boutique and Gallery, and Dembrebrah, an African American Cultural Association, to learn more about The African Diaspora and participate in a demonstration of African dance and drumming.
  • Enjoy Centro CHA: My Story, an Urban Art Exhibition of artworks created by youth from the Be S.A.F.E. Summer Project
  • Join featured Performers following their time onstage in workshops to participate and learn more about their unique performances, dance forms and instruments.

Molina Healthcare Presents Healthy Me Zone
Healthy living workshops, tips and resources. Participants include:

  • Long Beach Health & Human Services Department
  • Building Healthy Communities

ColorVision Video Showcase
A video showcase of visions by Long Beach youth curated by Digital Revolution, Really Big Boom Productions and Long Beach Cinematheque.

COLOR ME LONG BEACH is accessible by bike, bus, and the Metro Blue Line. Pedal Movement will provide secure bike parking throughout the event. Parking for cars is available on street and at adjacent city lots.

COLOR ME LONG BEACH is sponsored by the Arts Council for Long Beach (ACLB) and Molina Healthcare, with additional support from the Downtown Long Beach Associates. It is funded in part by the Arts Council for Long Beach’s A LOT initiative to activate empty lots throughout the city with Art. A LOT was made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Other funders include the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation and California Community Foundation.

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