City of Long Beach Invites Community to Public Art Forum in Light of October Arts Month

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Image courtesy of Man One

The community is invited to attend a forum on public art on Sunday, October 11 at 3:00PM at Stearns Champions Park Community Center in light of October Arts Month in Long Beach.

“During October, we celebrate the art that happens every day all over Long Beach,” said Mayor Robert Garcia in a statement. “Murals, music, arts education, and dance programs are all part of the diverse, vibrant fabric that is woven throughout our City.”

Craig Cree Stone, professor of Art and director of the American Indian Studies Program at California State University, Long Beach will moderate a panel of renowned artists as they meet to discuss creation, maintenance, funding and community/private or city/state government ownership of public art, according to the release. SwissPrecise, Man One and Elliot Pinkney, are all three acclaimed working artists with strong ties to Long Beach and will share their expertise and experience on the panel.

Stone is known for his local public artworks, including the Belmont Shore-based Shadows Casting on the Shore, (1995), where images of shadows extend from the Second Street parking meters and Image Emergence: Promenade of Clouds, (2011), a design for the first block of The Promenade.

Raised in Long Beach, SwissPrecise, also known as Kenneth S. Cassidy, turned his early 1980s graffiti art into a legal painting at the Parks, Recreation and Marine Homeland Community Center in the ’90s. He has done freelance art for Lexani Wheels, Hurley, Split, Triple 5 Soul, MTV, and the Discovery Channel.

Man One is a world-renowned creative, and has worked in the visual arts since 1987 when he began making a name for himself through graffiti art. Elliot Pinkney is an internationally acclaimed muralist who has lived in Compton for over 40 years.

But these words can’t do these creatives much justice, so head on over to the arts panel yourself for a decent dose locally based arts education and conversation.

Stearns Champions Park Community Center is located at 4520 East 23rd Street.

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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.