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African American Cultural Center Community Visioning Process

On February 20, 2018, Councilman Austin introduced, and City Council approved, an item requesting the City Manager to work with community stakeholders to identify potential City-owned sites in Long Beach for an African American Cultural Center. After sites were identified, City staff recommended that further engagement of stakeholders and subject matter experts be conducted, contingent on the identification of a funding source. On September 4, 2018, while adopting the 2019 Budget, the City Council allocated funds to support planning and outreach efforts for the African American Cultural Center.

From February to May, community members are invited to participate in the visioning process through community roundtable meetings, focus groups, and an internet survey. This outreach will be led by Tasha W. Hunter of the Wiggins Hunter Consulting and Alan Burks of Environ Architecture, Inc. Concurrently, Lord Cultural Resources, a premier national organization experienced in creating cultural centers and museums, will work with a Community Advisory Committee to explore best practices. Community members are also welcome at the monthly Community Advisory Committee meetings.

Give your input by filling out the online survey.



Community Advisory Committee Meetings

Expo Arts Center, 4321 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, CA 90807

Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Community Visioning Kickoff

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 5:30pm 
Meeting #1 - Planning Overview and Case Studies / Community Outreach Strategy
Meeting Notes

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 5:30pm
Meeting #2 - Cultural Asset Inventory
Meeting Notes
Community Engagement Update


Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 5:30pm
Meeting #3

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - 5:30pm
Meeting #4

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 5:30pm
Meeting #5

Tuesday, July 30, 2019 - 5:30pm
Meeting #6



Community Roundtable Meetings 

Tuesday, March 7, 2019 - 5:30-7:30pm
Roundtable #1 - Data and Information Gathering Session
Long Beach Community Action Partnership, 117 W. Victoria St., Long Beach, CA 90805

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 5:30-7:30pm
Roundtable #2
Christ Second Baptist Church, 1471 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Long Beach, CA 90813

May 2019
Roundtable #3
Location TBD 


For more information or questions contact i-team@longbeach.gov or (562) 570-7915.