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“Keep Arts Working” Series Illuminates...

“Keep Arts Working” Series Illuminates Local Artists

The Arts Council for Long Beach launched “Keep Arts Working”, a series of events and art commissions that seeks to illuminate the vital work being work amid the COVID-19 pandemic response, alleviate anxiety from our minds and bodies through the arts and begin to recuperate the creative economy.

On Tuesday, March 31, 2020, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved Supervisor Ridley-Thomas’ motion to proclaim April as Arts Month! The California Arts Council declared April 15 as Virtual Arts The Arts Advocacy Day.

In solidarity with our state and county partners, the Arts Council for Long Beach is continuing its efforts to commission Long Beach artists by creating a series of coloring book pages highlighting essential workers in Long Beach and surrounding areas. New coloring book pages will be released every Wednesday at noon on the Arts Council website and shared on social media.

Arts Council Executive Director Griselda Suarez said, ” We want to illuminate the unseen heroes in Long Beach doing the work every day to keep the city functioning and ensuring that everyone has access to food, care, resources, and information. We are stronger and safer because of them.”

The first coloring book features the work of Long Beach Artist Dan Nguyen who shows the work of a grocery store worker and an EMS worker. Download the coloring books here.

The Arts Council also partnered with Long Beach Home + Living for The Long Beach Show: A “Talent” Competition with $500 in cash prizes. The competition provides a fun outlet during this stay at home time. The deadline to enter is April 20. For more information visit: lbhomeliving.com

This week the Arts Council will host nightly arts engagements with artists of various genres and its committed to do this work during the “Stay at Home” order. The engagements will broadcast on the Arts Council social media pages:

  • Facebook: @artscouncil4lb

  • Instagram: @artslb

  • Twitter: @artscouncil4lb

For more information about the event, visit https://artslb.org/keepartsworking/ for more information and resources.


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