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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.

Over the next three months, residents can participate in the community engagement process through community roundtables, focus groups, internet surveys, and more. This outreach will be led by Tasha W. Hunter of the Arts Council for Long Beach and Alan Burks of Environ Architecture, Inc. During that time, 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. These monthly committee meetings will also be open to the public.

Expo Art Center 4321 Atlantic Ave.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - Community Visioning Kickoff

Tuesday, February 26, 2019- 5:30pm - Meeting #1

Tuesday, March 26, 2019- 5:30pm - Meeting #2

Tuesday, April 30, 2019- 5:30pm – 3 to 4 hours* - Meeting #3

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

Tuesday, June 24, 2019- 5:30pm - Meeting #5

Tuesday, July 25, 2019- 5:30pm - Meeting #6


Thursday,  March 7, 2019Roundtable #1 -  Location TBD
Data and information gathering session

Thursday,  April 4, 2019Roundtable #2 - Location TBD
Restate findings and obtain additional info

May 2019
Roundtable #3 -  Location TBD
Deliver draft plan