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|Mural & Cultural Arts Program|
Mural projects sponsored by the Mural and Cultural Arts Program are designed to give a creative voice to communities and increase cultural understanding. Programs support literacy, encourage social and artistic abilities, and build job skills among youth participants. The mural projects also serve to deter graffiti, one expression of gang activities.
Launched in 1985, the Mural and Cultural Arts Program is sponsored by the City of Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine in cooperation with the Department of Community Development. Three mural components are implemented under the city's Neighborhood Improvement Strategy Program,
- Artist- in -Parks
- Mural Mentor Program
Youth volunteers work with artists in producing murals at Long Beach parks and schools. Under the Mural Mentor Program, youth not only assist the artist, but create a smaller mural to be exhibited in the neighborhood.
The city's mural program was the hrst nationally to receive funds from the federal Job Training and Partnership Act, Ttle JIB, Summer Youth Employment Training Program. The projects developed under this program represent a partnership between the City of Long Beach Training and Employment Development Division and the Private Industry Council. Teams of 25 to 30 youth work with the artists to paint murals during the summer months and to publish a journal containing sketches and writing from each of the youth
Mural Map Locations
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