The City Curated Series • Long Beach Post

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It’s happening. It might be tucked away in a small alley, a ubiquitous parking lot, or positioned prominently in a large public plaza. A movement is afoot that is breathing new life into communities in both temporary and lasting ways. Cities are experimenting with an open mind by bringing designers and artists to the table alongside planners, engineers, and developers with a common goal in mind-to build a better city. By strengthening the public realm with creative programing and arts-based place-making, they hope to not only showcase the pulse and character of the community, but also improve the quality of life for citizens and to foster vibrant, thriving neighborhoods.

Long Beach itself recently received a large injection of this form of urban intervention in the form of the Pow! Wow! Mural Festival. A handful of the world’s leading street artists converged in Long Beach, transforming the urban landscape in and around the Downtown with iconic installations, while also engaging with the community through gallery shows, educational events, workshops, and talks. The worlds of high art, public muralism, street art, and tactical urbanism have merged in recent years to rejuvenate neighborhoods primarily with paint on walls in the public realm.

 

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Paint The Town will be an ongoing Longbeachize series that investigates arts-based place making projects and neighborhoods in and around Long Beach to showcase successful examples while identifying challenges and regulatory hurdles, developing possible solutions, and defining performance rating metrics for arts-based place making efforts.

Let us know if you have a suggestion for a project or neighborhood to profile.

It’s happening. It might be tucked away in a small alley, a ubiquitous parking lot, or positioned prominently in a large public plaza. A movement is afoot that is breathing new life into communities in both temporary and lasting ways. Cities are experimenting with an open mind by bringing designers

and artists to the table alongside planners, engineers, and developers with a common goal in mind-to build a better city. By strengthening the public realm with creative programing and arts-based place-making, they hope to not only showcase the pulse and character of the community, but also improve the quality of life for citizens and to foster vibrant, thriving neighborhoods.

Long Beach itself recently received a large injection of this form of urban intervention in the form of the Pow! Wow! Mural Festival. A handful of the world’s leading street artists converged in Long Beach, transforming the urban landscape in and around the Downtown with iconic installations, while also engaging with the community through gallery shows, educational events, workshops, and talks. The worlds of high art, public muralism, street art, and tactical urbanism have merged in recent years to rejuvenate neighborhoods primarily with paint on walls in the public realm.

 

 

 

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