Go Make Something

Working through and Beyond the Convergence

This unique program will be both cathartic and productive because of its multifaceted approach. It will include local creatives' interviews on Instagram Live, virtual community sessions, and community testimonials on creative explorations during and beyond the stay-at-home orders with the end goal of encouraging participants to Go Make Something.

go make something - INTERVIEWS

Learn more about local creatives via Instagram Live during the months of May and June. Lead artist Jose Angel Castro will be hosting conversations with them and creatives will share the ongoing and upcoming projects they are respectively working on. Hear their takeaway and impression of the convergence of events in the past year.

Jose Angel Castro

Lead artist and host for the interviews and workshops, Jose Angel Castro is multi-disciplinary creative and entrepreneur.  Castro has a colorful and varied range of experience including dance, photography, fashion, music and teaching. In early 2015, he founded The NowHouse Education Groupan organization dedicated to creating impactful, compelling educational experiences aimed at making life a little better. At this point in his life, teaching has taken center stage as the dominating discipline of his entire creative career. In fact, he considers it the ultimate vehicle for my creativity. It allows him to pour every skill he has acquired into a single, multi-faceted, dynamic pursuit.

MAY - JUNE 2021 

Like everyone to one degree or another, The Convergence not only forced me inside physically
but also emotionally, spiritually, psychically. The mere act of redirecting my
mind and heart to a “creative meditation” allowed me to feel what I was feeling and find my
way out. It held me up
when I couldn’t stand. It brought me comfort and gave me sanctuary.

Rejeana Black

Rejeana V. Black is a Long Beach based artist working in photography and video and is co-founder of The Shift Circle. She graduates in May 2021 with a BFA in Photography from CSULB. In 2019, she had a solo exhibition at the Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery at California State University, Long Beach that explored epigenetics and ancestral trauma. Her practice has been influenced by psychological researchers, Dr. Joy DeGruy, Dr. Eduardo Duran and Carl Gustav Jung. Her work attempts to facilitate a conversation around how ancestral trauma is stored in our DNA and affects our mental health and daily lives.

FRIDAY, MAY 14 at 12 pm 

In late 2020, I began a documentary series interviewing seven black fathers of LA county about their life experiences involving our local law enforcement. This is an ongoing project alongside a photo/video series titled, INTRGN 2.0, that I am currently working on interviewing black mothers and their experiences with police in the LA county community.

Brandie Davison

Brandie Davison was born and raised in Long Beach, California. She is the Founder of ART REALM Collective, a platform for emerging artists prioritizing POC, has served as Compound Long Beach’s Curatorial Assistant, and is currently a member of TFA's Young Curators Program Cohort.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 19 at 12 pm 

The last year really brought about a shift in the collective consciousness. I think a lot of overdue conversations are being had about race in America and systematic oppression. It’s a long journey and this is just a moment within the greater story. Art captures these moments.

Nancy Lynee Woo

A poet, writer and community organizer. As the founder of Surprise the Line, a community poetry workshop, she believes in the power of the arts to bring people together. Nancy Lynee Woo was awarded the Professional Artist Fellowship from the Arts Council for Long Beach in 2019 and had poems on display at the Billie Jean King Main Library. She is currently an MFA candidate at Antioch University, and was a 2015 PEN America Emerging Voices Fellow. Her third chapbook, Good Darkness, was named a Semi-Finalist in the Sunken Garden chapbook contest with Tupelo Press. Her current working manuscript, I’d Rather Be Lightning, is a love song to the earth celebrating what we have to lose. She is also the co-founder of the Long Beach Literary Arts Center. 

Friday, May 21 at 12 pm 

Despite (or because of) the fear and isolation of this past year of pandemic, I have worked through many challenges to become more grounded, clear and creatively open. I feel I am more strongly aligned with my personal values, and I have stepped into a more expansive state of global consciousness. Poetry connects us on a spiritual level, and the practice of writing strengthens the power of our voice to be a force for positive change in this complicated world.

Weldon Spurling

Photography has been the medium by which he has viewed the world for the last 48 or so years, through marriage, six beautiful children, two different professions, and many hospitalizations. It has been a shield in troubled times, a weapon, and a friend. Photography has allowed him to mature and grow as a person in a safe place. Through the images he creates he expresses his journey and hopes the viewer sees both his strengths and his weaknesses. He hopes you see joy and pain when and where he feels it but he really hopes that those that view his photographs can see their own interpretation and viewpoint. He hopes that the viewer becomes a participant and is able to tell him something about the photograph, he hopes that a common experience is shared through the photo.

Saturday, May 22 at 10 am

In past times the struggle was birthed out of an organized awareness and need for change. Today I see a very visceral group, in the beginning not very organized at all, but all these individuals all at the same time recognizing "this is enough, change happens now and it happens with me". All of a sudden it became very organized, not in structure--but in meaning, in heart, and purpose; and everyone was the leader.

Ryan Hoyle

A Long Beach native and multi-hyphenate creative using his gifts to develop and foster positive, lasting change in communities of color. As an adjunct professor and founder of Play Nice located on 4th St. in Long Beach, his passion lies in bridging the gap between education and outcomes in creative professions and industries.

Wednesday, june 30 at 12 Pm

The most interesting thing about 2020 was the fact that we all experienced it differently. For me personally, all of the events that transpired over the course of the year showed me that we as a community are ready to be the change that we wish to see.

GO MAKE SOMETHING - Workshops

Participants will have access to tools that will aid them in their overall creative process by addressing some crucial aspects of mindset, emotional health, and mental balance.  Sessions will include exercises on mindfulness, creative writing, success and more. RSVP to attend, limited spaces available.

Wednesday

May 19, 2021

6–7:30 pm

Get It Out: Telling Personal Stories to Find Community

A guided RingTale storytelling circle giving attendees an opportunity to share their personal experiences through The Convergence.
friday

may 21, 2021

6–7:30 pm

Write It Out: Catharsis Through Words On A Page

Everyone is creative. This past year of the pandemic has been challenging for all of us. This workshop is about honoring our arts practice.
saturday

may 22, 2021

1–2:30 pm

Breathe It Out: Mindfulness is self-care

A series of progressive sensory mindfulness exercises in 4 rounds and an introduction to mindfulness as adaptive satisfaction.

GO MAKE SOMETHING - Call for Submissions

Photo by Weldon Spurling

Portraits of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Ahmaud Arbery
by artists Erica Elan & Thunder Voice

Location: Downtown Long Beach

As we approach the year anniversary of the global Civic Uprising the Arts Council for Long Beach will launch a Call for Submissions that is three-fold.

This is a call for photography, writing, and to gather testimonials from those connected to Long Beach, CA who are of all ages, identities, and abilities. It is a call to reflect, redirect, and respond to the convergence of both the health crisis and social justice crisis that was felt and experienced on a local and global scale.

This call for submissions will result in the publishing of a digital book and hard-copy book to serve as an archive of this unprecedented historical moment. It will include photographs of storefront murals created during the months of summer 2020.  Our creatives introduced above will form a panel committee to select finalists and cash awards will be distributed.

Submission portal with more details will open May 22, 2021 and will close on June 30, 2021. 

Civic Uprising

During the stay at home orders and after the murder of Black lives including that of George Floyd's as a result of white supremacy and police brutality, artists took to the streets to translate what was collectively felt, not only in Long Beach but globally. This is a virtual collection of the few store-front murals the Arts Council and Downtown Long Beach Alliance had the ability to gather and save from all over the City of Long Beach. 

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Location: Amigos Auto Parts

Artist: Jose M. Loza

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Location: Amigos Auto Parts

Artist: Angel Muratalla

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Location: Romeo Chocolates

Artist: Bodeck Hernandez

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Artist: Mi'randa Villanueva

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Location: Verde Salon

Artist: McBride Arts

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Location: Kress Market

Artist: Alepsis Hernandez

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Location: ReCircle Home

Artist: Funtime Dan

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Location: Kleur

Artist: Jamuna Priti

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Location: Kress Market

Artist: Juan Nambo, Maria Fryer, & Erica Elena Esquivel

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Artist: Hugo Lomeli

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Location: Churrino Gourmet Deserts

Artist: LaJon Miller

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Artist: Unknown

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Location: Common Grounds

Artist: Geezus

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Location: Confidential Coffee

Artist: Juan Nambo, Maria Fryer, & Erica Elena Esquivel

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Artist: Ricky Hernandez

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Location: Confidential Coffee

Artist: Nat Iosbaker

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Artist: Hugo Lomeli

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Location: V Burger

Artist: Jamuna Priti

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Location: Lupes De La Mar

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Location: V Burger

Artist: Tracey Negrete

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Location: Confidential Coffee

Artist: Juan Nambo, Maria, & Erica Elena Esquivel

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Location: Fingerprints Music

Artist: Rivvl Collective

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Location: Fingerprints Music

Artist: Angie & Eduardo Uno

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Location: Amigos Auto Parts

Artist: Dustypepsi

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Location: Ellie's

Artist: Rivvl Collective

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Location: Amigos Auto Parts

Artist: Hugo Lomeli

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Location: BO-beau kitchen + roof top

Artist: Brandie Davison

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Location: Amigos Auto Parts

Artist: Ikons

If your storefront mural work is featured, contact us ASAP to further update the information in these public art listings and to discuss future projects. If you created a storefront mural artwork, and it is missing in this collection use this form to add it as a listing on our website.
Please contact us if you would like us to remove your artwork from this collection or if you would like to retrieve your artwork.

You can contact our Public Art department by reaching out to Cynthia Luján cynthia.lujan@artslb.org or Sergio Alan Díaz sergio.diaz@artslb.org

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