LONG BEACH, CA - Councilmember Pearce’s Office is proud to announce after nearly a year of work, the Grand Re-Opening of the East Village Arts Park in Downtown Long Beach. The Arts Park has essentially been closed to the public for nearly a decade, leaving a beautiful park abandoned. The kickoff event will be hosted with the Art Council’s “Open Conversations” where stakeholders and residents are invited to share what they would like to see in the Arts Park, and engage on a community process for programing. The event will be topped off with live music performed by Pow! Wow! School of Music.
“The community surrounding this park is deserving of an activated open space, and while the city has made it available to activate with permits, our hope is that the park will become a place where residents and those working in downtown can enjoy at all times of the day. It takes a village to nurture our community, and this project will be a shining example of our diverse Arts Village efforts” -Jeannine Pearce
Pearce has hosted many meetings to flush out the best way to program and maintain the park, which historically has had challenges maintaining a safe and clean environment. The DLBA is carrying the insurance and permits to host music/ events nightly till 9pm. The DLBA’s Red Team will include the park in their route. All requests for events will be directed to the Art Council, who will maintain on online calendar for Programing. Days when events will be hosted the park will remain open all day. The hope is residents, tourists, and those working in downtown will visit the park to relax for lunch or with a cup of coffee. Perhaps catching some live entertainment as well.
“Activating parks as arts spaces demonstrates the City's commitment to the arts and culture of Long Beach. It also makes the arts accessible to residents in their own neighborhood” -Griselda Suarez Executive Director, Arts Council for Long Beach
Programing the park will not only include live music, it will include music and art classes. The landscaping has been redone and they have updated and added new lighting to the park. The park features a small stage and viewing area as well as tables and chairs for audiences to sit in. Jeannine’s office would like to give a special thanks to the Arts Council for Long Beach, the DLBA, and the East Village Association for their dedication to this park and the community.