The mission of the Arts Learning department is to foster and advance understanding of the arts by providing Long Beach citizens with programs and resources that promote diversity, critical thinking and creativity. Our vision is for the Long Beach community, neighborhoods and residents to acknowledge the crucial role that arts education has in shaping, evolving and enhancing their daily lives, relationships and ideas. The Arts Council’s educational programs concentrate in dance, music, theatre and visual arts by centering on the traditional global arts found locally, the city’s unique historic past, and its artistic heritage and legacy. Additionally, the programs act as a community resource by providing arts educational information on local arts and cultural venues, and by linking groups and individuals together to promote the arts. Arts Learning supports artists, organizations, schools, educators and students in advancing artistic pride and creativity. The Arts Council provides three arts education programs:

Passport to the Arts

Passport to the Arts

Passport to the Arts is a six week experience for Long Beach third and fourth graders that teaches interdisciplinary arts education and cultural enrichment through dance, visual art, music, and theater. Passport to the Arts showcases the cultural and artistic traditions of Africa, Cambodia and Latin America, all prominent ethnic and cultural groups in Long Beach. Learning about these groups fosters student tolerance and appreciation of cultural diversity. Starting every fall, the teaching artist teaches six standards-based lessons. Lessons build upon one another as students learn to evaluate similarities and differences among traditional arts and their respective cultures. The students’ six- week experience will culminate in a performance or art exhibition at their school. Students’ own works can relate specifically to one of the cultures studied, or be comprised of a unique fusion of cultural ideas. Passport to the Arts has received considerable teacher and administrative praise and has become a tradition for many schools.

Download Passport to the Arts Application


Alice Birney Elementary

Bixby Elementary

Harte Elementary

Holmes Elementary

Lee Elementary

Mann Elementary

McKinley Elementary

Roosevelt Elementary

Signal Hill Elementary

Willard Elementary

Eye on Design

Eye on Design

ABOUT Eye on Design is a 15 week public art education program for third-graders that encourages civic involvement, critical thinking, and creative problem-solving through a customized residency program. Eye on Design guides students through the same process a public artist follows to develop a public art concept and seek an art commission. By the end of the 15 weeks, students have studied various forms of public art, researched their surrounding neighborhood and created a public art piece for their school. Eye on Design’s interdisciplinary approach incorporates language arts, history/social science and the visual arts. Students apply their learning to solve “real- life” problems and must actively utilize art theory, reading, writing, speaking, and math skills through the work they do. Eye on Design is a substantive and intricate program that empowers students to create positive change in their own community. Download Eye on Design Application

Burbank Elementary
Emerson Elementary

COMMUNITY PARTNER Although facilitated by the Arts Council for Long Beach, the program’s success is grounded in the collective expertise and commitment of a host of hand-selected community partners. These partners work collaboratively with the Arts Council to present a balanced program built on each partners’ strengths. Over the past few years Eye on Design has partnered with some truly remarkable Long Beach organizations to provide students with a valuable and rewarding educational experience. Eye on Design community partners include: Rancho Los Cerritos, Long Beach Airport, Long Beach Transit, Port of Long Beach, University Art Museum, Aquarium of the Pacific and Long Beach Museum of Art.


Arts Education Enrichment Grant

Arts Education Enrichment Grant

The Arts Council for Long Beach is pleased to announce the 2015-2016 Arts Education Enrichment Grant Application is now available. Through the generous support of Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe, Fourth District and the Ruth and Joseph C. Reed Foundation for the Arts, the Arts Education Enrichment Grant provides financial support to Long Beach Unified School District students for arts education experiences. Grants support a professional development component for teachers, either a field trip to an arts event or an in-school arts program and a post-arts extension activity. Instructors and education professionals employed by Long Beach Unified School District K-12 public school are eligible to apply.

Applications are due Friday, November 14, 2015

Download 2015-2016 Arts Education Enrichment Grant


Birney Elementary School

Powell Academy

McBride High School


Parkside Academy

Willard Elementary School

Kettering Elementary School

Gompers K-8 School

Fremont Elementary School

Cabrillo High School

Hughes Middle School

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


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