On Friday, October 12 from 6–9 p.m., the Arts Council for Long Beach will host its annual State of the Arts event in partnership with the Office of Mayor Robert Garcia.

This year’s theme, Arts Revolution, is a special occasion that brings together residents, the creative community and city leaders to celebrate the arts in Long Beach. In addition to announcing new projects, every year the Arts Council recognizes local arts excellence by honoring residents who make an impact in the arts and culture of Long Beach. Arts awards, such as the James H. Ackerman Philanthropist Award, identify people whose work supports a city with a healthy arts fabric. Our celebration recognizes artists, performers, educators and administrators who work every day to foster creativity, enliven communities and enable a thriving arts city. Online nominations are now open and are due Thursday, August 31.

The event is free and open to the public. It takes place at the Expo Art Center in Bixby Knolls (4321 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90807). There is a VIP reception that includes a preview to the galleries and performances and an opportunity to meet the Arts Council’s Professional Artist Fellows.

Admission requires an RSVP via Eventbrite: http://artslb.org/stateofthearts/

VIP Reception at 5 p.m. on October 12, 2018 (see link above). Tickets for VIP reception are $100 per person.

Sponsorship information: http://artslb.org/stateofthearts/

Award nominations: http://artslb.org/stateofthearts/

This admission-free event wouldn’t be possible without the generous contributions of our sponsors: Port of Long Beach, Millworks, Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center, Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau, Cal State Long Beach, L.A. County Supervisor Janice Hahn, and TGIS Catering.