The Arts Council for Long Beach invites the community to join us for a weekend of hope honoring the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The weekend begins on Friday, January 18 from 6–9 p.m. at the Collaborative Gallery (421 West Broadway). Artists are encouraged to share their message of hope for 2019 through movement, visual art, sound, writing, and any other mode of creative expression. The messages created will be on display in the gallery window over the next several weeks.

On Monday, January 21, the Arts Council has partnered with the Office of Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez for a day of service at Peace Park (1411 Atlantic Ave.) Volunteers will have the opportunity to assist with the beautification of the park through a community mural created by the Living Arts students at United Cambodian Community and led by artist Sayon Syprasoeuth. Join us from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for a community day of painting, park cleanup and art activities. All ages are welcome and encouraged to participate.

“I am excited to honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a day of service,” said Councilwoman Gonzalez. “We are partnering with the Arts Council, local high school artists and a diverse group of volunteers from the First District to roll up our sleeves and paint a new mural at Peace Park near Cambodia Town. The mural is titled ‘You are Free’ and reflects the diversity in the Roosevelt Linden neighborhood and in our city.”

This program is a collaboration between: Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez; the City of Long Beach; Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine; United Cambodian Community; and the Arts Council for Long Beach.

Event details:

What: Artist Gathering

When: January 18, 6–9 p.m.

Where: The Collaborative Gallery, 421 West Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90802

Parking: Parking validation provided for the Gallery 421 Apartment parking structure.


What: Mural Painting Day of Service

When: January 21, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Where: Peace Park, 1411 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, CA 90813