Arts Council for Long Beach

Recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town Grant for $150,000. The Arts Council was one of 80 organizations selected from a pool of 317 applicants. And, 1 of 6 organizations to receive the highest amount. The Arts Council serves over 2500 students each year in the Arts Learning program. Every October, Long Beach Arts Month promotes over 500 events for National Arts and Humanities Month in Long Beach. This calendar reaches over 100,000 people all over Los Angeles. On average each year, the Arts Council distributes over 40 grants to artists and community based nonprofit arts organizations.


1 Submitted Idea

  • 2013 Grants Challenge

    The A LOT Initiative: Using Art to Activate Vacant City Lots

    Our A LOT Initiative will foster a stronger community identity, a sense of place, and revitalize economic development by way of supporting creative activity. Free events will promote the concept of creative placemaking, encouraging our community to animate public and private spaces, rejuvenate streetscapes, improve local business viability and public safety, while bringing together diverse people to celebrate, to inspire, and to be inspired. The A Lot Initiative will begin in Fall 2013. A LOT's primary goal is to broaden audience and artist engagement, as well as, expand geographic scope, with underserved communities especially benefiting. Rather than placing cultural activities in enclosed venues for a limited number of people for a couple of hours, the objective is to enliven vacant lots, streets, and entire areas with creative energy -- sound, light, visual art, and performance -- for days or even weeks at a time. In addition to engaging residents in the arts, A LOT is intended to increase pedestrian traffic and enliven streets with vacant storefronts, thus creating prospects for both "pop-up" and more permanent businesses to revitalize these neighborhoods. The projects' mobility is intended to offer this transformative opportunity to multiple neighborhoods creating lasting impact throughout the city.