Arty Tower with Renee Tanner

Residents and visitors of downtown Long Beach be on the lookout for a visual standout that is coming for A LOT 2014! Arty Tower is the brainchild of Renee Tanner resident artist of ArtExchange here in downtown Long Beach, and artist partner for A LOT 2014.

When the Arts Council for Long Beach got to talk to her about her piece and A LOT in general, Renee spoke on her impressions and really captured the spirit of A LOT!

To explain: What is Arty Tower?

Arty Tower is a 30 foot tall scaffolding tower that will be constructed on the downtown lot of A LOT with banners of art and event information covering all four sides. When considering what sort of project she wanted to create for this year’s event Renee chose to build a tower because she felt artists “needed structure to be seen”. Two of the sides will feature other local Long Beach artists- Noel Madrid and Vivian Wenhuey Chen- and the other two will clearly identify A LOT for all those driving by hopefully looking to join us! Her work with these two artists is part of one of her main themes (as well as A LOT’s) of “inclusivity” and is her way of providing “staging for the visual artist”.

 Ms. Tanner has actually participated in A LOT before, and is a returning artist partner. She describes A LOT as a “festival of art that is homegrown, rich, and beautiful.” and feels that is truly the “Community emerging itself”.

When asked why she felt A LOT was important, she felt that it was an “arts festival representing the arts communities” and that “A LOT is an example of what we can do together”. 

Personally, the Arts Council for Long Beach cannot agree more and can’t wait to see the tower go up on site! Check out the project and other artists in the Our Artists section of the A LOT 2014 website and see Noel Madrid and Vivian Wenhuey Chen’s images and more! The website link is:

And look for these two gorgeous images below (by Noel Madrid and Vivian Wenhuey Chen respectively)!

Madrid BannerWenhuey Chen





So, What Does Long Beach Look Like to You?

Maybe you’ve heard, we are partnering with the Long Beach Post during the month of October to put on a social media campaign. The campaign will coincide with “Arts Month” and will showcase art of all types in Long Beach. As a part of this campaign we will be featuring stylized and re-imagined versions of the Long Beach Post banner and there will be a new banner for every week day in October.

Think Google doodles. What’s a Google doodle you might ask? Well, as Google puts it, “doodles are the fun, surprising, and sometimes spontaneous changes that are made to the Google logo to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous artists, pioneers, and scientists”.

The idea is to decorate the Long Beach Post logo to celebrate Long Beach arts month, and raise money for Non-Profits which support the arts in Long Beach by auctioning the original pieces. We also hope to raise more awareness of local artists, art offerings and the general art scene in Long Beach. So, what does Long Beach look like to you?

The submission deadline is September 31st. If you are interested in submitting your work, the Long Beach Post is looking for your version of the “Long Beach” part of the Long Beach Post web banner in the medium of your choice (template attached). If you are using a 3-D medium, we will take a picture of your piece to use as the banner.

If you are interested or have further questions, please email:

color me long beach


The Arts Council for Long Beach is ramping up for the start of A LOT 2014 and starting it all will be COLOR ME LONG BEACH presented by the Creativity Network! So here’s an up to date run down about all the fun things to see and do- and details about the event to add to your calendars!

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!”

Some background on what the whole event of ALOT:

A LOT 2014: Common Ground.


Come join the Arts Council for Long Beach for A LOT 2014! A LOT is a city-wide initiative presented by the ACLB in collaboration with the City of Long Beach. Each FREE A LOT event (there are four days- including the kickoff day with COLOR ME LONG BEACH) presents a variety of genres of performance in vacant lots, activating the spaces with art, culture, and even food for the community to enjoy! So bring your friends and family and check out any or all of the four dates in September and October for a full day of fun!

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. Founded in 1976 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization and governed by a local board of directors, the Arts Council believes that the vibrant art scene makes Long Beach a premiere destination for residents, businesses, students, and visitors.

A LOT was made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) received by the Arts Council. Long Beach was the only city in Southern California selected to receive an Our Town grant and only one of six to receive the largest grant of $150,000 over two years. 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.”



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.


If you have any more questions check out their awesome website at:

And their facebook is:

If you want to contact the event producer:

Antonio Ruiz


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Arts Council for Long Beach’s 5 Things for Friday

Congrats on making it to the end of the week! There are plenty of great things going on this weekend (ok one is for next week, but we really want you there!). We will keep it short and sweet, so here are the Arts Council for Long Beach’s 5 Things for Friday!

  1. Announcement, announcement! The California Arts Council is coming to town! Join the CAC next Thursday in Santa Ana for a public meeting and YOU can get the opportunity to address the council during two public comment periods (limited time, so keep it snappy, folks!).  The California Arts Council will meet on Thursday, August 28 at Grand Central Art Center, California State University, Fullerton, 125 No. Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 97201. The meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. and end at approximately 4:00 p.m. More info can be found here-
  2. Looking for a new weekend ‘TRADITION’! Join the Long Beach Playhouse for their production of Fiddler on the Roof, extended by popular demand. Check out this gem at the longest running community playhouse to the west of the Mississippi! Tickets are $24 for both Friday and Saturday shows. More info can be found here-
  3. Get your hula on with the 14th annual Tiki Beach Festival this Saturday and Sunday at Granada beach! The Tiki Beach Festival features hundreds of Polynesian musicians and dancers, an island market place with over 100 craft vendors, and the famous Aloha Food Court. Be there as early as sunrise because over 10,000 people are expected to be in attendance! Check out more information at-
  4. Let’s hope for a starry night on Saturday as Art Exchange presents a spectacular outdoor art history meets backyard hang out event! The Art Exchange is excited to host Gregorio Luke’s one of a kind summer event, “Mural Under the Stars,” featuring the works of Vincent Van Gogh. The event runs form 8 to10pm (10-midnight is a community mixer) at the Acres of Books lot (3rd and Long Beach Boulevard). Get the whole family to come out, but don’t forget to bring some chairs! Click here for more info-
  5. Then make sure you cap off the weekend with a family art making experience at Long Beach Museum of Art! Be part of art with a hands-on projects for visitors of all ages between 11am and 3pm.This week you can create a Memory Origami Boat. Using F. Scott Hess’ Boat as a launching point, participants will create an origami boat decorated with memories. Check out the LBMA website for more information on their exhibits- .
Last Intern Day

Last Intern Day with ACLB

It’s a strange moment when you realize you’ve fulfilled your requirements, spent the allotted time, and then realize that that time is up. The Getty Multicultural Undergraduate Internship is very specific in its timeline- the intern works for ten weeks and then is finished. It can feel quite abrupt if the nature of your job always sent you from ongoing project to project- and the eventual initiative you were assisting with is still ongoing and won’t happen until September and October. There is so much that is accomplished in those ten weeks! It is astounding to reflect on who I was as an intern when I walked in the door versus the last day. The last day and the first day. The time passed so quickly, and I never got to sit still. If you’re wondering how I felt transitioning it would be a mystery. I took online classes this summer and it felt like I had no down time whatsoever to process-just do (my last final coincided with the day before my last day as an intern). At the Arts Council for Long Beach excitement never ends because there is a constant stream of projects and meetings- leaving little time for reflection. But, although I have no emotions tracked and reflected I am quite content. Because there is plenty to say about what I learned and accomplished.

I learned how to balance keeping in contact with 25 artists and curatorial partners of all varying needs and personalities. I learned the ins and outs of social media and blog posts from the perspective of an institution versus the individual. I had the privilege of watching the Collaborative once a week and experiencing docent work where I could explain exhibits to passersby who wandered in the space. I was included in the grant panel facilitating experience and saw the true arch of the process- as well as all the categories when I read each application and attended the panels that selected those to be funded. I even had the simple experience of learning how to better communicate over the phone, email, as well as in person as a representative of the Arts Council for Long Beach. Though I had a wonderful internship before as a curator for Arts and Services for Disabled, Inc. and had been the director of a gallery space on campus at Loyola Marymount University, this was my first time experiencing such a variety of responsibilities and projects simultaneously (and it is part of the reason I felt it was hard to process when the internship was over- because the projects did not complete with that time).

In light of this feeling of incompletion I am lucky however, the Arts Council for Long Beach liked my work enough- and felt that there was still help needed up to the completion of the A LOT initiative- and have chosen to keep me on staff part-time as the Marketing and Community Outreach Assistant! As a young arts professional, this is a wonderful opportunity as I will be continuing my job search while finishing out a project I’ve come to care about deeply. I’m so grateful for all the mentoring that Shay Thornton Kulha has given me- whether its resumes, Linkedin, job searching, or mock interviews she’s always given me time and guidance. I’m looking forward to continuing forward in my position and can’t wait to see A LOT realized (as well as eventually find a full-time position). The next intern should realize how incredibly lucky they are- and take advantage of all the unique opportunities of working with an institution such as the Arts Council as well as the genuine and invested employees that will be supervising them.

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Port of Long Beach Photo Tour

This past Thursday night the Arts Council for Long Beach and the Port of Long Beach partnership for the Port of Long Beach Photo Tour came to fruition. After only four minutes of opening, the eighty spots for the preliminary class and tour were filled to capacity! Our Gallery and Social Media Assistant, Laura Sardisco took the class along with all the artists and took some great shots, making us all the more excited to see the photos of all the photographers on board!

To give some background the Port of Long Beach describes:

“The series consists of a workshop taught by Port photographers, followed by a twilight shoot aboard a boat, culminating with a juried gallery exhibition and reception showcasing photos from every participant, with recognition for the best work. A DSLR camera is mandatory to participate.

Teaching the Photo Workshop The Port will host photographers and artists with photographic interests in an exciting workshop teaching the same techniques the pros use to shoot twilight-to-nighttime images of the Port of Long Beach from the ocean.”

The photographers were a diverse and enthusiastic bunch, and as the boat leisurely glided through the port points of interest were described along with tips about how to best capture them. It was great to even be on board and document how the taught skills of the workshop were being put to use- and the sunset and evening was gorgeous so I’m sure they were plenty inspired!

If you are personally interested in seeing the images that came from this unique opportunity, an exhibition will be held at an awesome local gallery on October 4th 2014. The show will be titled the Port of Long Beach Photo Gallery, where the winning photographers (all of whom are invited to submit their best photos to be considered) will be juried and then exhibited. We were so thrilled for the opportunity to collaborate with the Port of Long Beach and look forward to the exhibition, to which all are invited to come see!

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Marcela Armas at MOLAA

One of the amazing parts of being a Getty Multicultural Undergraduate Intern is the wonderful network they help you establish. Each region of interns has its own hub groups that meet and visit each other’s sites. At these events I got to meet Erika Hirugami, the Museum of Latin American Art’s curatorial intern- and she invited me to the exhibition opening of “Marcela Armas: Resistance and Vortex”. Marcela Armas is an award winning artist from Mexico who has exhibited throughout Latin America, Europe, and Asia, and was the 2012 winner of an electronic arts competition in Arco, Madrid.

After listening to warm welcoming speeches from President Stuart A. Ashman and curator Edward Hayes Jr. we all entered the space together. Armas’ work gave me a strong first impression of innovation and dedication. The Getty interns of Long Beach started with a table that showed books that had been transformed into cogs, and a video of Vortex that is a large mechanical piece created for and held at MUAC (Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporaneo- University Museum of Contemporary Art) in Mexico. Though we were impressed, the projected video that was also shown, a well-shot and arresting video that documented why these books and pieces were created, really illuminated the purpose of the body of work. For although Marcela Armas’ artwork looks largely technical, her pieces are politically based and driven. Vortex brings to light the 2004 “Recycle to Read” program of President Vicente Fox that required all federal agencies to recycle their paper to a free textbook program for elementary and middle school children. A program that sounded benign on the surface, but allowed the Mexican government to purge their archives and effectively destroy government records.

In the back of the exhibit, in a purposefully darkened space, was the Resistance part of the show. A flowing, manipulated line of light that is pulled from all angles into precisely the outline of the Mexico/US border fills a wall of space. We interns at first wanted to know how it was possible- and curator Edward Hayes explained it was an open electrical current, which also explained why the piece is roped off at a safe distance. All parts of the piece speak of a deeper dialogue- the heat and danger, the light in the darkness of the constantly illuminated news hotspot, and the manipulations (both legal and illegal) from both sides.

Though the artist seemed quite sweet and unimposing in person, her work is bold and technically impressive. I felt so lucky to be able to attend such a wonderful opening- and fully recommend checking out the show, which will be up until January 4, 2015!