COVID Cover Up

When businesses shut down and boarded up in despair, we painted messages of hope and encouragement for our community’s mental health. This project, birthed in pandemic darkness, called us to arm ourselves with masks and brushes soaked in bright pigments of inspiration to spread light. The arts were critical in paving the road towards recovery and once again artists demonstrated how essential they are to our city.

The Arts Council for Long Beach commissioned artists to paint over boarded-up businesses along Broadway and Fourth Street’s Retro Row as part of its “Keep Arts Working” initiative. The project, COVID Cover-up” featured artists from Long Beach and Los Angeles county who were asked to paint inspiring images that lift up the community.

Photography by: Jose Cordon of Deadend Brigade

Public Art

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Primary Artist: Ten 88

Location: Mineshaft

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Primary Artist: Ms. Yellow

Location: The Brit

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Primary Artist: Duncan Ewington

Location: Broadway Cocktail Lounge

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Primary Artist: Spank Grip

Location: The Falcon

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Primary Artist: Getta Grip

Location: BLACK

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Primary Artist: Corie Mattie

Location: Sweetwater Saloon

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Primary Artist: Ms. Yellow

Location: Thrift & Gift

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Primary Artist: Sparc & Benedetta

Location: The Social List

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Primary Artist: Alepsis Hernandez

Location: Xscape

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Primary Artist: Shark Polansky

Location: Ross

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Primary Artist: Karina Vazquez

Location: PBS Pub & Co.

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Primary Artist: Bash

Location: Goodwill