The Arts Council for Long Beach is seeking local artists for a new public art project that will pay them to paint murals in parks and facilities across the city.
A popular corridor in West Long Beach is getting bursts of color with 10 painted utility boxes mostly along Santa Fe Avenue between Wardlow Road and Pacific Coast Highway as part of a project to help beautify the area.
The project, “Together We Make Change,” led by Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles and the Arts Council for Long Beach, features four local artists living or working in Long Beach who are painting five boxes in the Washington neighborhood aimed to inspire local residents to engage in the community.
“It is a beautiful sculpture that really captures the essence of our coastal city and we are thrilled to have it in Long Beach.”
The mural site, located between Admiral Kidd Park and Cabrillo High School, will feature geometric shapes celebrating landmarks in Long Beach in vibrant, warm, and engaging colors.
This is Jorge Mujica’s first public art project; the City of Long Beach worked with the Museum of Latin American Art to commission the piece.
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.
Members of the Long Beach art community discussed ways to improve the presence of the city’s public art during a public meeting last Thursday, hosted by the Arts Council for Long Beach at Art Exchange.
Several questions have risen to the surface since local artist Dave Van Patten posted on Facebook earlier this week his, at first, angered response to the painting over of Pow! Wow! Worldwide founder Jasper Wong’s mural, Do Good Things, once visible on the exterior wall of the Art Exchange facing Long Beach Boulevard.
Following the Arts Council for Long Beach’s call for videographer and mural artists for the Cambodia Town Mural Project, the organization announced that two community meetings will be held to answer questions about the initiative.