PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

10/20/2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 102020
Subject:
Long Beach Airport Seeks Local Artists for Pandemic-Inspired Exhibit
Artists Encouraged to Apply by Nov. 14
Contact:
Kate Kuykendall
Public Affairs Officer
Long Beach Airport
562.570.2679
Kate.Kuykendall@longbeach.gov




Long Beach, CA - The Long Beach Airport (LGB), in partnership with the Arts Council for Long Beach (ACLB), is seeking submissions from local artists who are women for a pandemic-themed art exhibit. Submissions should reflect uplifting and hopeful messages related to the pandemic.

“The arts showcase who we are as a city,” says Mayor Robert Garcia. “I look forward to sharing more of it with people traveling through our great city.” 

Artists must upload digital files to the ACLB website by Saturday, Nov. 14. Selected art pieces will be printed and installed on large construction barricades in highly trafficked, publicly accessible areas of the airport for a minimum of six months. Approximately 20 pieces will be chosen for display, and artists will receive a $500 honorarium for each piece selected by the panel. 

“The pandemic has hit the aviation industry very hard,” said Airport Director Cynthia Guidry. “We are excited to support our local arts community and to display artwork that is timely and relevant for our travelers and the general public.”

The focus on artists who are women is part of ACLB’s National Endowment for the Arts grant commemorating the centennial anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. Funding for the project is provided by the City’s Percent for the Arts Program, which sets aside one percent of capital construction projects for the arts, in coordination with ACLB’s Keep Arts Working program, which recognizes COVID-19’s impact on the arts community.

“A partnership with Long Beach Airport during a pandemic and a national struggle for racial justice means so much,” said Griselda Suarez, Executive Director for the Arts Council for Long Beach. “Long Beach Airport is making room for artists who identify as women to express themselves. We are grateful for this opportunity for visual art to be a vehicle to illuminate our lives and also alleviate our stress.”

Known for its ease and convenience, LGB has taken numerous measures to improve health and safety, such as enhanced cleaning protocols, installation of physical barriers and additional hand sanitizer stations, physical distancing and a face covering requirement for all employees and visitors. The airport boasts one of the few outdoor concourses in the nation, offering travelers the opportunity to enjoy the fresh air while they wait for their flight.

For the latest information on COVID-19, with details on all that the City of Long Beach is doing to keep its residents safe, visit longbeach.gov/COVID19 and follow @LongBeachCity on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About the City of Long Beach
Home to approximately 480,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly rated school district, Long Beach Airport and the Port of Long Beach. The City also has a highly respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 171 parks, miles of beaches, marinas and bike paths.

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About Long Beach Airport
Founded in 1923, Long Beach Airport (LGB) is the oldest airport in California. Among its many awards, LGB was named a Top 10 airport in the 2020 USA Today 10Best Readers' Choice travel award contest for Best Small Airport. LGB offers non-stop service to several U.S. cities while supporting a healthy general aviation community with more than 300,000 annual operations. The airport is also a source of substantial economic activity and employment, with the LGB Aviation Complex generating $8.6 billion in economic impact and supporting 46,000 jobs. LGB is a self-supporting enterprise of the City of Long Beach and does not receive local tax dollars. The Airport prides itself in preserving its esteemed historic legacy and maintaining a safe, sustainable, and environmentally responsible operation. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @LGBAirport.

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