Arts Council for Long Beach Presents “A Lot Symposium and Performance Series” at Chantilly Clad

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Chantilly Clad

The Arts Council for Long Beach is passionate about activating underutilized public spaces. On Saturdays June 11 and 18, the space located at the corner of Ocean Blvd. and Lime Ave. and the site of the public art installation Chantilly Clad will come alive with live music, symposia, interactive workshops, and more, all free to the public.

Chantilly Clad, which unveiled in August 2010, provides an open-air venue for community events and features a stage with a suspended lace canopy made of woven nautical rope, a deck made from reclaimed lumber and crane-like armatures in a nod to the city’s maritime history. During the week of June 6, Greenmeme, the design team that created Chantilly Clad, and Apiana Native Landscaping will install a series of native plant gardens.

June 11 focuses on urban gardening and will unveil the public art site’s new garden planters filled with Native California plants. DJ Dennis Owens will provide the daylong tunes and local band MatteranGhost will grace the stage around 4:30 p.m.

At 2:30 p.m., the reclaimed wood stage will feature a panel of urban gardening experts including: Freya Bardell of Greenmeme; Captain Charles Moore, founder of Algalita Marine Research Foundation and Long Beach organic and owner/operator of Gladys Ave. Urban Farm; Julie James, the local expert on healing herbs; Adriana Martinez, a well-known guerrilla gardener and author of the blog Anarchy in the Garden; and Jimmy Ng, founder of The Growing Experience, an urban farm in North Long Beach that employs green collar job youth.

From 3:30-6 p.m., attendees can participate in a number of free interactive workshops. Freya Bardell and Brian Howe of Greenmeme and Brady Redman of Apiana Native Landscaping will facilitate a community planting of native plants on-site, thereby giving folks the opportunity to make their mark on the public space. Charles Moore is bringing handmade, carry-away wooden planter boxes for folks to plant their own salad greens or herbs and take home. Julie James will teach folks how to make seed bombs, which guerilla gardeners-at-heart can throw at empty lots this autumn and watch brown dirt turn to flowering bushes. And local permaculture professional Ty Tessiere will bring worm composting bins and show lookers-on how these wiggly creatures help the composting process.

June 18 is SlangFest 2011, a festival of arts, spoken word and music conceived by Slanguage (Mario Ybarra Jr., Karla Diaz and collaborators) and organized by LA><ART Assistant Director/Curator of Public Art and Programs Cesar Garcia. Two symposia will be held on this day: at 2:30 p.m. Slanguage founders and four spoken word artists will speak and perform about Language and Voice; and at 4:30 p.m., special guests MC Guess, MC Tyson, Reina, and the Slanguage Noise Band will perform original works to creatively address the topic of Language and Music.

Throughout the day, DJ Cheebo will spin eclectic Latin sounds while interactive workshops will be offered on breakdancing and recycled art (drawing, collage, and sculpture) by Slanguage Teen Art Council, Homeland Cultural Center, and Wilmington Enrichment Community Artist Network. The band YEPA! will take the stage at 5 p.m.

The Arts Council for Long Beach “A Lot Symposium and Performance Series” will be held Saturdays June 11 and 18, 2011 from 2–6 p.m at the public art installation space, Chantilly Clad on the corner of Ocean Blvd. and Lime Ave.

A free bike valet will be offered both days to encouraging attendees to leave their car at home. The event aims to be zero-waste by composting and recycling all of the “waste” from the event.

Artistic videographers and photographers will document and interpret the events as part of the series’ interactive art slant.

“The intersection of the arts, public space, environmental sustainability and social interaction is where ‘it’s at’ in the urban arena,” Craig Watson, ACLB executive director, said. “The Arts Council helps promote dialogue and civic engagement through the arts. The A Lot Symposium and Performance series is part of a temporary public art strategy that addresses the prevalence of vacant lots and underutilized spaces through site-specific temporary art and programming for each installation. Through these events, we want people to become more educated and inspired on how they can help transform a vacant lot into an attractive space for public gathering, know more about creative work being done in and around Long Beach, and learn about Chantilly Clad.”

The Arts Council for Long Beach is a private non-profit organization, which fosters excellence in the creation and presentation of arts and cultural endeavors in Long Beach. The Arts Council provides access for families, children, and the community to a broad spectrum of cultural experiences by building strategic partnerships and programs that weave arts and culture into the fabric of our community.

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