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Thriving communities benefit from universal participation in the arts.

Program Overview

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.

Key Dates

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.

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washington community

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.


School of Fish Crosswalk

School of Fish Crosswalk


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Growing Better Together Community Celebration

Growing Better Together Community Celebration

The Growing Better Together mural project came to a celebratory finish as the newly painted mural by Mister Toledo was unveiled behind the Long Beach Day Nursery. Washington Neighborhood community members, residents, and Long Beach Day Nursery families who attended...

Share Your Artistic Vision for the Community Corners Project

Share Your Artistic Vision for the Community Corners Project

The Community Corners project is underway and is looking for Washington Neighborhood residents and community members to share their thoughts on safety at the intersection of 15th St. and Chestnut Ave., and their artistic vision for designs to be painted as bulb outs...

We Got the Grant!

We Got the Grant!

Thank you to Bloomberg Philanthropies for awarding the Arts Council for Long Beach and the Long Beach Public Works Department the Asphalt Art Initiative grant! We are one of 26 cities in the United States awarded this grant and are thrilled to work with the Washington...