Thriving communities benefit from universal participation in the arts.
The Community Corners public art project is a program funded by a one-time $25,000 grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies to create an asphalt art mural in the City of Long Beach. Long Beach was one of twenty-six cities granted to administer this program in the United States. This project will be administered by Arts Council for Long Beach in partnership with the City of Long Beach Public Works Department, and Habitat for Humanity.
Arts Council for Long Beach has also secured a matching grant of $25,000 from the JAG Foundation, which has created the opportunity to hire more artists from our community and extend the project's impact.
The open call will close on [extended deadline] Wednesday, February 22, 2023. Semi-finalists will be selected from this list of applicants and invited to submit a full-color art proposal for the four corners and awarded $250. The finalists will be selected via in-person and virtual community voting from March 15-24 and announced on April 5, 2023.
FEB 3 Launch Calls for Artists
Feb 22 Application Closes [extended deadline]
Mar 3 Semi-finalists Selected
Mar 13 Art Proposals Due
Mar 15 Community Voting Starts
APR 2 Community Voting Ends
APR Finalists Announced
May Mural Installation
May Community Celebration
Let Your Voice Become a Part of History in Long Beach
The Washington Community is one step closer to becoming safer! At the intersections of Chestnut and 15th in Long Beach’s Washington Neighborhood, the Arts Council for Long Beach will be administering a grant in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies to create asphalt murals in order to promote safer streets for local residents.
In an effort to ensure that the curb extensions reflect the culture and uniqueness of the locals in the neighborhood, we’ve called upon our vast network of Long Beach artists to submit proposals for consideration for this unique project that gives our community the opportunity to participate in this historic, global initiative that has included 64+ cities to date. On March 15th, 2023, voting opens up to our local community, where everyone will have the opportunity to review the submissions and choose the four artists that will be commissioned to complete the project.
Voters are able to participate in person or online from MAR 15 to APR 2. To cast your vote online, click this link. We encourage all to participate, but please only vote once.
If you’d like to vote in person, there are three opportunities to do so:
MAR 15 - 31 Washington Middle School students will be able to vote in their school office during the voting period.
MAR 17 from 2PM to 4PM - 14th St. Skatepark
MAR 23 from 3PM - Long Beach Day Nursery
Your voice matters.
Let this be a start to more collaboration and civic engagement in our community, by bringing everyone together for a historical cause.
The project will create four bulb-out murals at each corner of the intersection of Chestnut Avenue and 15th Street in the diverse Washington community.
Each mural will expand pedestrian space, substantially reduce crossing length, and will alert drivers of the intersection’s four-way stop by providing a colorful visual signal and improve the overall safety of Long Beach’s most vulnerable road users.
Curb extensions (also known as bump-outs or bulb-outs) are extensions of the sidewalk installed at crossings. This traffic calming treatment is used to visually and physically narrow the roadway. Curb extensions both shorten a pedestrian's crossing distance between the corners and create additional space for amenities like public art. The existing angled parking along Chestnut Avenue will translate to larger curb extensions, which will provide the community with an especially large "canvas" to work with in the roadway.
Check out this area for current updates on the project.
Mobile Recess with Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine
The Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine’s mobile recess program is a great place to learn more about creativity and what children have to say about art in their neighborhood. The Public Art team went to their recess and talked about the Community...
Spirits High for Washington Middle School Students
Washington Middle School students show up with their school spirit as they learn about the Community Corners project with the Public Art team. They express their creativity through the stencil workshop that provides a canvas for what they are looking to see as part of...
Zoning In on Street and Pedestrian Safety
City Fabrick hosted an Open House for the Zone In: City Core plan at 14th St. Park that aims to improve city street quality and safety through pedestrian-friendly design, using gathered input from residents and community members for updated zoning regulations. The...