Image courtesy of the Arts Council for Long Beach.
On Thursday, October 5 from 6:00PM to 9:00PM, all are invited to the Arts Council for Long Beach’s annual State of the Arts event in partnership with the Office of Mayor Robert Garcia at The Packard. This year’s theme is Arts Rising, celebrating the work that Long Beach Unified School District, Long Beach City College and Cal State Long Beach do for arts education.
“Arts education is the foundation for creating a dynamic arts audience in Long Beach,” Tasha Hunter, board president for the Arts Council, said in a statement. “The more engaged our students are, the better our creative economy is in the future.”
The yearly event brings together residents, the creative community and city leaders to not only celebrate the arts, but also to honor individuals who make a positive impact on the arts and cultural fabric of Long Beach.
Announced this week, six honorees were selected following a nomination process to receive the James A. Ackerman Philanthropist Award, a person who exemplifies the spirit of giving in support of the arts, the Creative Economy Leader Award, honoring a person, organization or group that contributes to the development of the local arts sector and the Incite/Insight Awards, given to a person, organization or group demonstrating an original perspective within the arts community.
The following honorees will receive their awards during the event:
James H. Ackerman Award: Marlene Temple
Creative Economy Leader: Luis Navarro and Brenda Rivera
Incite/Insight Awards: Barry Cogert, Kelly Lucera, James Petri and Dr. Vickie McCloyn
“It is always an honor for us to shine a spotlight on people who work very hard everyday to make Long Beach a thriving creative city,” Griselda Suarez, executive director of the Arts Council, said in a statement.
The event is free and open to the public, with tickets available for a VIP reception from 5:00PM to 6:00PM featuring an exclusive look at the PUMP installation, mingling with the 2016-2017 Professional Artists Fellows and a “very special performance.”
Admission requires an RSVP via the Eventbrite page here.
The Packard is located at 205 East Anaheim Street.