Cultural Master Plan workshop and survey; share your opinion on the arts

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cultural master plan surveyThe Long Beach community is encouraged to participate in the final stages of Create Long Beach, a ten-year Cultural Plan Framework for the City. The completed document will be an important planning tool for the Arts Council for Long Beach, the City of Long Beach, arts organizations, educational institutions, business and all who believe the arts are an important facet of city living.

“As the official arts agency for the City of Long Beach, the Arts Council knows that the investment the City makes in the arts is critically important,” said Craig Watson, Executive Director of the Arts Council for Long Beach, “Yet that investment will be less effective if we aren’t fully responsive to the needs of our citizens.”

An online survey, community meetings, interviews with neighborhood and arts leaders and a one-day workshop are all planned this month. The public is encouraged to complete an online survey at The survey seeks feedback on six major goals identified during community planning last year.

Project Manager Antonio Ruiz explains, “The Community Survey will be used by the current Task Force to sharpen strategies and priorities for the Cultural Master Plan, Create Long Beach.”

According to Arts Council President Kamran Assadi, “The Community Survey is but one strategy for gathering community input for Create Long Beach.  We are attending community meetings and planning a Community Workshop.”

The Create Long Beach Community Workshop will tackle six goals identified last year, implementation strategies, timetables and priorities for the next ten years.

The public is encouraged to attend this free workshop about the Cultural Master Plan and help define the road map for the arts in Long Beach.

Create Long Beach Community Workshop
Date: Saturday, May 22, 2010
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Renaissance High School, 235 East Eighth Street, Long Beach, CA, 90813

In 2008, the Arts Council for Long Beach and the City of Long Beach Economic & Cultural Affairs Bureau initiated the process to update a 1995 citywide cultural plan. Work began in October 2008 and has included many discussions with a 75-member Steering Committee and a half-day community forum in March 2009.  A first phase report was issued last June.

The Long Beach City Council recently voted to include the Cultural Master Plan in the city’s long-range planning document, the 2030 Plan. For more information, visit or call the Arts Council for Long Beach at (562) 570-1930.

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