The Arts Council for Long Beach (ArtsLB) and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) have partnered on a utility box project in the Washington Neighborhood. Four artists have been selected by the community through a community voting process. Selected artists are: Andrea James, Mister Toledo, Vanessa Guerra and Sharniece Chantal.
The event will take place in Long Beach’s Washington Neighborhood on Saturday, November 6 from 12:00-2:30, and will begin at the George Washington Middle School, located at 1450 Cedar Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90813. Masks are required.
Eight artists were contracted from the ArtsLB Artist Registry (https://artslb.org/artist-registry/) to submit a proposal with the theme “Together We Make Change”. The Arts Council uses its Artist Registry to contract artists for many projects and partnerships. Artists interested in participating in future projects should register as an artist on the registry.
On March 24, 2020 the Arts Council for Long Beach launched “Keep Arts Working”, a series of events and art commissions that seeks to illuminate the vital work being work amid the COVID-19 pandemic response, alleviate anxiety from our minds and bodies through the arts and begin to recuperate the creative economy. This utility box project is part of the Arts Council’s Keep Arts Working campaign.
“Together We Make Change” is one of the many projects and events that Habitat LA has led or been involved in since it launched its Neighborhood Revitalization efforts more than five years ago. Other efforts include resident leadership training, a Safe Passage program, community events like a Dia de Los Muertos celebration and a Black History Month Caravan, and facility repairs and improvements to many neighborhood partners including the Washington Middle School. Additionally, Habitat LA is working to improve housing safety and accessibility for Washington neighborhood residents by homeownership counseling, critically needed home repairs, and of course, building new affordable homes. In fact, Habitat LA’s 1,001st home will be built in this community, as part of a 10 home affordable development on the corner of 14th, Pine and Pacific, and next year, it will break ground on a 36 home development on Locust and 14th Streets.
More information on the self-led tours will be available on the Tour LBC mobile app by Monday, November 1st. To register or learn more about “Together We Make Change”, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/together-we-make-change-tickets-197657287267
The Washington Neighborhood Utility Box Project is sponsored by H&R Block and Prologis.
Interview opportunities: 11:30-2:00 PM
About Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) LA transforms neighborhoods throughout greater LA by bringing the community together to build affordable homes, provide critical home repairs and help families rebuild after natural disasters. Habitat LA strengthens families through helping them access affordable loans, housing counseling and down payment assistance. To learn more, visit www.habitatla.org.
Social Media handles: @HabitatLA, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
About Arts Council for Long Beach
ACLB was founded by the City of Long Beach in 1976 as the Public Corporation for the Arts, becoming a 501(c)(3) organization in 1982. ACLB is a dynamic organization that receives and distributes public funds, and also raises funds through private donations, foundations, corporations and contracts for services. The Arts Council for Long Beach cultivates the physical, social, and economic characteristics of Long Beach neighborhoods by nurturing and enlivening the arts. We serve individuals, groups, and organizations through advocacy, arts education, public art, and grant making within the city of Long Beach.
We practice profound inclusion as a collaborator and convener for the benefit of all communities.