About

Arts Council For Long Beach

Thank you for your interest in Long Beach arts and culture! Long Beach is a diverse and dynamic city, and its arts reflect that.

The Arts Council for Long Beach is a private 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that promotes, advocates for and helps fund the arts in Long Beach, California. Our mission is to foster creativity and culture, enlivening communities and enabling a thriving economy.

Until 2012, when the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency was eliminated, most of the Arts Council’s funding came from public funds. Now, our funding comes from public funds as well as foundations, private donations, corporate donations and fee for service contracts. To make a tax-deductible donation to the arts in Long Beach, please visit our Give page!

In 2014, the Arts Council shifted its focus away from programming and events and heavily toward advocacy, marketing and funding of Long Beach artists and arts organizations. Read more about our roadmap here.

Meet Our Staff

  • Brigette Brown
    Brigette BrownDEVELOPMENT AND ADMINISTRATIVE COORDINATOR

    562.435.ARTS (2787) ext: 106

  • Lisa DeSmidt
    Lisa DeSmidtMARKETING AND GRANTS MANAGER

    562.435.ARTS (2787) ext: 104

  • April Economides
    April EconomidesDIRECTOR OF MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS

    562.435.ARTS (2787) ext: 105

  • Cynthia Lujan
    Cynthia LujanSPECIAL PROJECTS ASSISTANT
  • Amanda Matthews
    Amanda MatthewsARTS EDUCATION ASSOCIATE

    562.435.ARTS (2787) ext: 101

  • Griselda Suárez
    Griselda SuárezEXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

    562.435.ARTS (2787) ext. 107

2015-2016 Board of Directors

Daniel Alvarado
Helene Ansel
Barbara Blackwell
Loara Cadavona
Joya C. De Foor (Treasurer)
Sherry Diamond (Secretary)
Sylvia Hartman
Tasha Hunter
Randel King
Weston LaBar
Cyrus Parker-Jeannette

Lyn Pohlmann
Jocelynn Pryor
Jessica Quintana
Larry Rice
Marco Schindelmann (President)
Renee Simon
Sayon Syprasoeuth
Brian Trimble
Ray Van Natta (Vice President)
Sharon Weissman (Liaison, Office of Mayor Robert Garcia)

Public Meeting Dates

All meetings are open to the public and are held in various locations around Long Beach to encourage broad and diverse attendance. Our general Board of Directors meetings are typically scheduled on the first Monday of the month, and our Open Conversations meetings are typically scheduled on the fourth Thursday of the month.

UPCOMING MEETINGS

Board of Directors Meeting
Monday, June 6, 2016
5:00-6:30 p.m.

Location TBD

Open Conversations
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
5:00-6:30 p.m.

Willmore Wine Bar
3848 Atlantic Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90807

Job Openings

The Arts Council does not currently have any employment opportunities.

Contact Us

350 ELM AVENUE LONG BEACH, CA 90802 / 562.435.ARTS (2787)

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The Arts Council for Long Beach is generously supported through private and public donors, including grants from these governmental agencies:

350 Elm Avenue Long Beach, CA 90802 / 562.435.ARTS (2787)

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