Learn more about the East Village ArtExchange

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long-beach-art-exchangeTuesday, June 30 Councilmember Suja Lowenthal, the ArtExchange Board of Directors and the Redevelopment Agency will lead a community meeting to learn more about the ArtExchange project in the East Village.

The ArtExchange is a collaborative art facility proposed for the southeast corner of 3rd Street and Long Beach Boulevard on the former Acres of Books site.

The Long Beach Art Exchange is intended to provide a permanent and affordable workplace for the development and production of art by local artists. It would operate on a profit-centered business model where artists sell directly to the public and are connected to networking opportunities that would help promote an art community for the City.

The development will include artist studios for display and workspace, gallery spaces, a gift shop, and a multipurpose classroom space that can expand into the adjacent courtyard, which can also be used for events. Another component will be a hot shop for glass and ceramic production, demonstrations, and classes.

Sustainability will be a key component of the Art Exchange, and another goal is to obtain at minimum a silver level LEED certifi cation. The site will utilize parts of the historic building at the site, including the first one hundred feet of the west side of the existing building, and the façade on Long Beach Boulevard. The project will have an open floor plan to take advantage of the existing clear span structural system, and will construct studios and other spaces with adjustable wall systems to allow the areas to be adapted for future needs. The project will also be designed to meet the City of Long Beach green building code.

The ArtExchange community meeting is Tuesday, June 30 at 5:30 p.m. at the Museum of Latin American Art, 628 Alamitos Avenue.

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