Bloomberg Philanthropies Asphalt Art Initiative awarded to the Department of Public Works, in partnership with the Long Beach Arts Council, will fund a crosswalk art installation at the intersection of Chestnut Avenue and 15th Street to improve street safety , “revitalizing public space and engaging the local community,” the city said in a statement.
The grant is designed to fund “visual art interventions” on roads, pedestrian spaces and public infrastructure in cities across the country. Long Beach is one of 26 cities nationwide that have received funding.
“When we learned that we had been awarded the Bloomberg Asphalt Art Fellowship, the entire team and board were thrilled,” Griselda Suarez, executive director of the Long Beach Council for the Arts, said in a statement. “The opportunity to increase safety and nurture neighborhood identity through art is special. So many lives will be touched by the project and it serves as a spark for greater collaboration with other organizations in the surrounding area. »
Public Works and the Arts Council plan to work with community partners to determine the design, theme and other artistic elements of the artwork, according to the city. The Arts Council has partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles to lead community engagement with the neighborhood with support from local organizations, according to the city.
City officials are encouraging community members to provide feedback on the crosswalk by completing an online public survey, available in English, Spanish and Khmer. Further engagement opportunities will be available in April for input on vision, artist selection and other logistical aspects, according to the city.
The Washington neighborhood has seen similar investments in recent years, including a utilitarian box art project and a block party that offered health and wellness resources to residents.
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Local artists will cover utility boxes in the Washington neighborhood of Long Beach