Arts Council seeking local Black writers, photographers for upcoming book

The Arts Council for Long Beach is seeking submissions of written and photographic works by local Black artists for their upcoming book, “Beyond the Convergence.”

The book is about spotlighting the Black experience in the last year-and-a-half that endured the COVID-19 pandemic and felt the tumult of emotions during George Floyd protests.

“‘Beyond the Convergence,’ is a space to center Black voices and capture this historical moment through the lens of Black artists,” the arts council said in a statement.

Artists must be from or living in Long Beach during 2020 and 2021; only works from those two years will be considered.

All submissions will be considered, however not all will make it into the book. Deadline is July 31, 2021. You can submit, here.

After publication, the book will be available in digital or hard copy and will also include photographs of myriad murals that were painted all over the city during 2020.

Click here for more information.


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