Long Beach 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, it functions as a private 501(c)(3) organization. The Arts Council receives annual city support, as well as support from individuals, corporations and foundations. Its purpose is to organize, encourage and enhance the cultural environment in the City of Long Beach. By supporting the artists in the community, together they create cultural opportunities and experiences for the people who live, work and play here.
On September 26, 2016, the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Councilmember Al Austin office and the Arts Council for Long Beach unveiled a new mural in North Long Beach painted by local artist Art Martinez with help from Bret Harte Elementary School students.
On Thursday, September 22 from 9–10:30 a.m., the Arts Council for Long Beach will host its annual State of the Arts event, and for the second year in its history, the event is in partnership with the Office of Mayor Robert Garcia.
Since the Arts Council for Long Beach was founded 40 years ago – on September 22, 1976 – the non-profit organization has funded hundreds of artists, organizations, education programs and cultural and music events. It has advocated for increased arts funding, organized creative placemaking efforts throughout the city from live music to mural installations, promoted the city’s arts, culture and music, delivered arts education to thousands of schoolchildren in grades K–12, placed college students in internships, hired artists, connected artists to opportunities within and outside of Long Beach, convened discussions and celebrations about art and much more.
The Arts Council for Long Beach is pleased to announce that its 2016–17 annual grant applications are now available. The applications and guidelines are located on the Arts Council website at artslb.org/services/grants.
The Arts Council provides three types of annual grants to fund Long Beach-based artists, organizations and initiatives: the Community Project Grant; Operating Grants I & II; and Professional Artist Fellowship Grants.
The Arts Council for Long Beach is pleased to announce the appointment of Griselda Suárez as its new executive director. The Arts Council board of directors is confident Suárez will be an excellent leader for the organization and strong advocate for Long Beach arts.
In its first 50 years, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) awarded more than $5 billion in grants to recipients in every state and U.S. jurisdiction, the only arts funder in the nation to do so. This week, the NEA announced awards totaling more than $27.6 million in its first funding round of fiscal year 2016, including an Art Works award of $20,000 to the Arts Council for Long Beach to expand its efforts to market Long Beach as a vibrant cultural community.
The Arts Council for Long Beach recently added an exciting new opportunity to its roster of grant-giving: the Risk and Innovation Grant. The $5,000 grant provides an opportunity to bring innovation to our communities through arts-based problem solving.
On Wednesday, October 28, from 5–6:30 p.m., the Arts Council for Long Beach’s monthly Open Conversations event welcomes Long Beach Public Access Digital Network (PADNET.tv) and Work Evolution Laboratories (WE Labs).
For the first time in its history, the Arts Council for Long Beach’s annual State of the Arts event will be hosted in partnership with the Mayor’s Office. In another first, the event will be held at the Museum of Latin American Art, one of Long Beach’s outstanding cultural institutions.
The Arts Council for Long Beach is pleased to request nominations for our 2015 Arts Awards. These non-monetary awards are bestowed in recognition of excellence and community contribution. Long Beach community members are invited to submit nominations by completing a nomination form.