City of Long Beach Seeks Community Vote to Select Final Concepts for Creative Economy Grants’ Public Mural Program
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~ The City of Long Beach has officially opened the public voting period for its Public Mural Program, which aims to bring new artwork to parks and public facilities. This program is part of the City's Creative Economy Grants Program, which is funded by the Long Beach Recovery Act and administered by the Arts Council for Long Beach.

A total of 27 artists and their concepts have been selected as finalists for the program, with three finalists identified for each of the nine mural sites. From now until Monday, July 8, 2024, community members are encouraged to vote for their favorite concept for each location. The Arts Council for Long Beach website has all the details and renderings of the 27 finalists, as well as a link to the voting forms.

The Public Mural Program was created with the goal of uplifting communities that have been heavily impacted by COVID-19. The City and Arts Council conducted a community survey earlier this year to determine themes that best reflect the local community. The mural locations were also chosen based on available walls at public sites throughout the city.

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The selected mural locations include 125 Elm Ave., which will be the future home of the Long Beach Senior Center, Bixby Park Community Center, Davenport Park, El Dorado Park's Thomas J. Clark Community Center, Heartwell Park Community Center, McBride Park Gymnasium (interior), Multi-Service Center, Ramona Park Community Center, and Recreation Park Community Center.

This initiative is a partnership between the City and Arts Council for Long Beach and was first launched in 2022 as part of its Recovery-related programs. The Arts Council continues to administer the Creative Economy Grants Program with $135,000 specifically allocated for the Public Mural Program. The City has made public facilities citywide available to artists for new mural artwork.

This opportunity is made possible by the Long Beach Recovery Act (Recovery Act), a plan that aims to support economic and public health initiatives for residents, workers, and businesses that have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of $900,000 has been allocated from the Recovery Act to support the City's arts and culture organizations. More information about the Long Beach Recovery Act can be found at

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