News Release from the Arts Council for Long Beach
October is Arts Month in Long Beach and the Nation
How to Celebrate Arts Month in Long Beach
From amazing homegrown festivals to classical symphony performances and avant-garde theatre, Long Beach has an eclectic mix of events planned this month.
The Arts Council for Long Beach invites residents and visitors to get involved in Long Beach Arts Month, an annual program that renews awareness and support for local arts with the following:
LongBeachArtsMonth.org Calendar of Events
Opportunities to enjoy the arts occur every day," said John Glaza, Executive Director of the Arts Council for Long Beach. "Long Beach Arts Month makes it even easier to go see a play, or visit a gallery, or listen to live music, or take an art workshop, or attend a book club.
Find hundreds of great things to do atLongBeachArtsMonth.org/Calendar."
Many of the events promoted at LongBeachArtsMonth.org are free, interactive events, including an expert-led photography tour of the Port of Long Beach which will result in a gallery showing of attendees' works.
The Great Wall of Long Beach
The Arts Council for Long Beach invites Instagram users to post photos of the arts--whether arts experiences, or of beauty they find in the city--to a digital community mural called "The Great Wall of Long Beach" simply by hash tagging their Instagrams with #artslb. The Great Wall can be accessed anytime here.
The Great Wall of Long Beach will be projected onto physical walls in real time at events throughout October.
During these events, Instagram users can have fun creating a cool visual mash-up of the very event at which the Wall appears, while at the same time, broadcasting a multi-perspective experience of the event itself.
Opening Ceremony and Arts Egg
On the first day of October, eclectic Long Beach artists gathered on the shores of Long Beach to rouse the city's artistic curiosity.
Long Beach dancer Paloma Pomba, whose entire body was artistically transformed into a modern muse by Long Beach make-up artist Abbigale Agape McCarthy, descended upon the ocean waters with a soundscape created by Long Beach sound artists Toaster Music.
Her mission? To retrieve and extol a golden art egg crafted by local award-winning Long Beach public artist, Trace Fukuhara. As the art egg was raised from the waters of the Pacific, the muse proclaimed 31 days of art in Long Beach.
Like the Blarney Stone in Ireland that legendarily bequeaths those who kiss it "the gift of gab," the art egg is a symbolic creative energizer. Long Beach artists, writers, and creatives can visit the art egg in October to touch it and renew their creative energies.
The art egg will be on display at The Collaborative, 421 W. Broadway in downtown Long Beach, throughout October. The Collaborative is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Photos from the Egg Ceremony can be found here.
Free Promotion for Arts Events Happening in October
If you are having arts events in Long Beach during October (including plays, music, afterschool arts activities, workshops, poetry, dance performances, exhibits, festivals, literary discussions and cultural performances), Long Beach Arts Month can promote you for free. To get started, visit here.
For more about Long Beach Arts Month, visitwww.LongBeachArtsMonth.org.