City Council Approves $50K to Add Public Art and Arts Programming in West Long Beach

Introduced by 7th District Councilmember Roberto Uranga, an arts initiative was approved by the Long Beach City Council on Tuesday to use the district’s one-time infrastructure funds of $50,000 to increase arts programming for the area.

The Arts Council for Long Beach in partnership with the city proposed to expand an already existing arts initiative to add mural and public art programs.

Currently and in partnership with Centro CHA, West Long Beach students are taught how to play indigenous instruments, including the pan pipe and drums at local parks, according to the agenda item.

“The cultural and artistic murals emerging around Long Beach help bring our diverse communities together and enhance civic pride and investment in our neighborhoods,” stated the agenda item. “These funds will be used to support the creation of additional murals, and other arts programming throughout the district.”

Uranga commented on Facebook that they’re working on identifying walls for future murals.

Artists interested in participating can email Celina Luna, Uranga’s chief of staff, at [email protected]

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Asia Morris has been with the Long Beach Post for five years, specializing in coverage of the arts. Her parents gave her the name because they wanted her to be a world traveler and they got their wish. She has obliged by pursuing art, journalism and a second career as a competitive cyclist.