Who: Councilmember Jeannine Pearce, Long Beach Arts Council, DLBA, East Village Association

What: Launch of East Village Arts Park Programming with “Open Conversations” event

When: June 26, 2018, at 6 p.m.

Where:  East Village Arts Park, 150 Elm Ave.

Purpose: To activate a park and give a venue for our local artists to exhibit their arts

Councilmember Pearce’s Office is proud to announce the Grand Opening of the newly revisioned East Village Arts Park in Downtown Long Beach. The kickoff event will be an Open Conversations event focused on what residents would like to see in the Arts Park, and what process they would like to see in programming. The event will be topped off with live music.

“This park has the potential to be a true gem in our city. It can be a place where residents love to go for an evening out, a place that highlights local talent and artisans, and a place where the community comes together for important conversation. We have worked hard to make this space special, and we are excited to see it all come to life” -Jeannine Pearce

Her office worked for approximately two years to bring the appropriate team together to operate the park. The DLBA will be maintaining the park: opening/closing, cleaning. The Arts Council for Long Beach will be programming the park alongside with the East Village Association.

“Activating parks as arts spaces demonstrates the City’s commitment to the arts and culture of Long Beach. It also makes the arts accessible to residents in their own neighborhood” -Griselda Suarez Executive Director, Arts Council for Long Beach

The landscaping has been redone and they have updated and added new lighting to the park. The park features a small stage and viewing area as well as tables and chairs for audiences to sit in.

Jeannine’s office would like to give a special thanks to the Arts Council for Long Beach, the DLBA, and the East Village Association for their dedication to this park and the community.