Arts Enrichment Partners
Through the generous support of the California Arts Council and the California Community Foundation, we have partnered with civic leaders, community organizations and local artists to provide arts education experiences at community centers. For 2017-2018 we are concentrating programming in West and Central Long Beach. It will culminate in a cultural celebration–Empower Arts West Long Beach, in partnership with the City of Long Beach, Councilmember Roberto Uranga, Long Beach Parks & Rec, and Centro C.H.A. on Saturday, May 5 from 11–2 p.m.
Living Arts Long Beach
VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS
The Arts Council has partnered with United Cambodian Community to expand Living Arts Long Beach. The program, facilitated by Program Coordinator Sayon Syprasoeuth of United Cambodian Community (UCC), is six months with 12 meetings of hands-on art workshops. At each workshop, a guest artist will present their career path, their specific industry and lead a creative project. Participants will create, design and learn about making and performing art. At the end, participants and guest artists will showcase their work at the final exhibition.
Sayon Syprasoeuth, leads the Living Arts Long Beach program, which introduces high school students and disadvantage young adults from various schools throughout Long Beach to give them exposure to the arts. He is an interdisciplinary artist, focusing on his personal story as a refugee from Cambodia. He grew up in Thai refugee camps, and emigrated to the United States at the age of 10. His work address past and present issues; triggered by memories of war and trauma, beliefs, spiritual dimensions and life in contemporary time in the United States.
Founded in 1977, United Cambodian Community is a non-profit 501(c)(3) multi-cultural social services agency. UCC was originally established to assist in the resettlement of highly traumatized refugees and their families. Today, Long Beach has the largest Cambodian population outside Cambodia. UCC is located in the center of the community, Cambodia Town, allowing convenient access to the services that are needed. UCC desires to empower the Cambodian people to be self-sufficient and productive community members of society.
The Arts Council for Long Beach is recruiting young adults ages 13–18 to participate in Empower Arts. Through funding received through the California Arts Council’s Artists Activating Communities grant, Martin Espino will offer cultural enrichment workshops by leading local young adults through Empower Arts, in partnership with teaching artist Danny Flores of Centro C.H.A. at Admiral Kidd Park, Silverado Park and Centro C.H.A. The program showcases cultural and artistic traditions of Latin America and Native American Tribes through dance, music and performance.
All my programs have History, Cultural, Pride, Language, Geography, Food, Customs, Appreciation and Instrument Demonstration, again with the California Visual and Performing Arts Standards. My programs encourage my audience to investigate their culture, ancestors and ultimately themselves. I make a connection with the ancient past of the Americas to our present-day lives. I believe the more we learn about appreciating other cultures and ourselves, it can only lead to a better world.
Centro CHA is a non-profit Hispanic/Latino human and social service agency formed in 1992 and incorporated in 1999. Since 1992, Centro CHA strives to create a record of service that advances and advocates extensively for the well-being of underrepresented, low-income Hispanic children, youth and families in the City of Long Beach.
Past Arts Education Enrichment Partners
- Barton Elementary
- Cabrillo High School
- Fremont Elementary
- Gompers K-8
- Jackie Robinson Academy
- Lafayette Elementary
- Lakewood High School
- Longfellow Elementary
- Marshall Academy of the Arts
- Prisk Elementary School
- Renaissance High School
- Washington Middle School
- Wilson High School