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Arts Council Requests Qualifications for A LOT Initiative
November 14, 2012
The Arts Council for Long Beach is issuing this Request for Qualifications (RFQ) seeking performers, artists, artist groups and organizations able to engage City of Long Beach residents through participation in the A LOT Initiative, a program of the Arts Council for Long Beach supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Our Town grant.
Date Issued: Wednesday, November 14, 2012; Submittal Date: Wednesday, January 9, 2013
The Arts Council for Long Beach seeks qualified performers, artists, artist groups and organizations capable of and committed to creating performance-based artwork that activates vacant lots, buildings and other non-traditional locations within Long Beach neighborhoods. We seek qualified community-conscious partners committed to close-to-home collaboration and artistic engagement with local residents. Underserved neighborhoods will enjoy the benefits afforded by dance, music, theatre, spoken word, video, installation, and multi-media performances, all offered free to the public. This initiative is intended to increase access to the arts and expand audiences so as to include both intentional viewers and casual passers-by.
The A LOT Initiative's primary goal is to broaden audience and artist engagement as well as expand geographic scope, with underserved communities especially benefiting. As a result, presentations and performances will take place, until the end of September 2014, throughout the City of Long Beach. Rather than scheduling activities within enclosed venues that limit attendance and running times, our objective is to creatively activate, through sound, light, art and performance, vacant lots, streets, and other open spaces.
The intended outcome for the NEA Our Town Initiative is to generate, through the arts, livable communities throughout the United States. The A LOT Series will improve quality of life by fostering both stronger community identity and a sense of place, as well as revitalize economic development by way of supporting creative activity.
Events will promote the concept of creative placemaking, encouraging communities to animate public and private spaces, rejuvenate streetscapes, improve local business viability and public safety, while bringing together diverse people to celebrate, to inspire and to be inspired.