“Bridging Wellness” is a series of community pop-ups generously supported by WE RISE LA and Arts Council for Long Beach. “Bridging Wellness” is a collaborative effort with partners Angels Gate Cultural Center, Compound LB, 10 other organizations and numerous artists in the Harbor Region. County wide pop ups can be found on the WE RISE website and all “Bridging Wellness” local pop ups can be found on the Arts Council for Long Beach website.

“We are grateful to receive support from county partners to help communities heal through the arts. It is more important than ever to create opportunities for artists to intersect with local nonprofits,” stated Griselda Suarez, executive director for Arts Council for Long Beach.

Pop-ups range from Ala Mai Exhibit at PIEAM opening May 1 to a Day of Healing on the Bluff curated by Artist Shelley Bruce on May 8 to virtual art and wellness classes throughout the month of May. Also best-selling author Dr. Lucia Capacchione, originator of the “Creative Journal Method”, will lead a workshop on May 6 with ArtsLB artist teacher Betty Rosen. 

WE RISE encourages well-being and healing through art, connection, community engagement and creative expression throughout May, Mental Health Awareness Month. WE RISE includes Art Rise, a series of 21 art experiences; Community Pop-Ups, hyperlocal activities across Los Angeles County neighborhoods; and a robust Digital Experience, offering original programs that can be enjoyed from anywhere. All installations and activities are meant to be participated in online or viewed from a distance individually or in small groups, in order to remain COVID-safe, per county health guidelines, while fostering community connection and collective healing.

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Bridging Wellness

Community Pop Ups – Why We Rise

WE RISE honors the profound contribution of Tongva Elder and WE RISE artist Julia Bogany who passed away March 28, 2021 in Los Angeles. We uplift her voice as an incredible leader who used arts and culture to educate, elevate and build community.