Donnie Waters was born and raised as a Mexican American in Long Beach, and aside from the obvious get-that-bag goal, his greatest intentions with his music is to inspire and, in a way, console other people with unavoidable traumas that spawn from poverty, “race wars,” death or obstacles of an immigrant life.
“I feel like if there’s anywhere in Southern California that this kind of thing is gonna work out, Long Beach is definitely the place.”
There’s even a map to go along with it.
“We Are All Related: An Exhibition of Neshkinukat Artists” includes pieces on display such as ceramic masks, intricate fabric-based works, pottery and gourd art in an effort to highlight the Native American experience.
What was a vacant storefront is now filled with vibrant, bold artwork, small sculptures, ceramics and jewelry.
Since 2017, Art Realm has snowballed into a tight-knit community of emerging artists, ranging from filmmakers to painters, sculptors to zine-makers, that make up one of the city’s most visible groups of visual artists.
Anyone can send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Art Clout, for delivery to an artist who will create art that fits within the envelope to be sent back.
His art draws attention to what so many Americans find it difficult to confront.
Artist Slater Barron’s impact on the Long Beach arts community since the 80’s is immeasurable.
Ten Long Beach artists were given $1,500 each to create original works of art.