About Arts Council for Long Beach


The Arts Council for Long Beach envisions a thriving Long Beach that benefits from universal participation in the arts.


Arts Council for Long Beach, also know as ACLB and ArtsLB, was founded by the City of Long Beach in 1976 as the Public Corporation for the Arts, becoming a 501(c)(3) organization in 1982.

ACLB is a dynamic organization that receives and distributes public funds, and also raises funds through private donations, foundations, corporations, and contracts for services.


The Arts Council for Long Beach cultivates the physical, social, and economic characteristics of Long Beach neighborhoods by nurturing and enlivening the arts. 

We serve individuals, groups, and organizations through advocacy, arts education, public art, and grant making within the City of Long Beach.

We practice profound inclusion as a collaborator and convener for the benefit of all communities.


  • Equitable
  • Collaborative
  • Belonging
  • Inclusive
  • Diverse
  • Educational


ACLB strives to improve the quality of life for residents and visitors of the City of Long Beach through the cultivation of the arts by:


  • Promoting artists living in Long Beach
  • Uplifting communities to engage in arts and culture
  • Building connections between artists and audiences
  • Leading discussions about the role of arts in the community
  • Implementing outstanding arts education programs
  • Cultivating unique opportunities for art to be shown and appreciated
  • Advocating for the arts sector in city, county, state and federal levels
  • Rewarding excellence in the arts through our annual and monthly grant programs
  • Transforming Long Beach through public art

Meet Our Staff

Griselda Suárez

Executive Director


“As an arts community, we are at a very exciting place. We have built an amazing relationship with the city. We’re really at a place where we can begin to show the strength we have in the arts and in the creative economy we have here in Long Beach.” – Griselda Suárez

Lisa DeSmidt

Director of Programs

Cynthia Luján

Director of Projects

Judy Estrada

Communications Manager

Anthony Smyers

Executive Associate

Sergio Alan Diaz

Programs Associate

Betty Rosen

Lead Teaching Artist

Daniel Villa

Assistant Teaching Artist

Laura Nelson

Operations Manager

For general inquiries email: info@artslb.org

For grant inquiries, email grants@artslb.org or send text message to 562-204-6948

For public art inquiries email: publicart@artslb.org

For arts learning inquiries email: artslearning@artslb.org

For marketing or calendar inquiries email: marketing@artslb.org


2022-2023 Board of Directors

Greg Johnson (Board President)

Daniel Alvarado

Elaine Bernal

Jon Boyden

Violet Brown

Karen Byrnes

Marc Davidson

Jennifer Drolet

Cristina Espiritu


Amanda Fruta

Chad Michael Hall

Tasha Hunter

Michael Kennedy

Anne Lattime

Maureen McGlynn

Elizabeth Munzon

Jayro Sandoval

Sayon Syprasoeuth

Job Openings

The Arts Council for Long Beach is currently hiring Public Art Associates, for more information please review this job posting.

Please visit our Jobs & Internships page for local opportunities in the arts.

Have questions about the Arts Council?

Please visit our contact page, email us at info@artslb.org, or call us at 562.435.ARTS (2787).

The Arts Council for Long Beach offices are located at 115 Pine Avenue, Suite 350, Long Beach, CA 90802.