7 thoughts on “More on the Long Beach Council of Arts”

  1. I would really like to volunteer for the Council if help is still needed. Whoever’s the “powers that be” in the organization, please shoot me an email at pjk926@aol.com if you’re looking for volunteers. Thanks!

  2. $166.2 Billion in economic activity! Sign me up! Seriously folks, it already seems a little wonky. It’s embarrassing that this flyer has numbers in the billions of dollars mentioned 4 times and a 5.7 million jobs number. If this is any indication of the purpose behind the Arts Council it should be disbanded before it starts.Art in public spaces requires intellectual thought. Things shouldn’t be placed around town willy-nilly. Is this team going to understand the nuances of enhancing the experience or add meaning to a given space? Will they bring awareness to public space? Do they understand history? Do they understand socially engaged art or an art that creates a social change?
    I hope this isn’t about putting a seahorse mosaic on a bench somewhere. That flyer scares me. Can anyone name the 22 art related organizations in Long Beach? I think it would be great to publish that list. How and when do we see who is on the council?

  3. Why is the city using Arts & Economic Prosperity 3, from 2005? The numbers from Arts & Economic Prosperity 4 are a little lower. Makes me think the same person putting this out is responsible for those erroneous postings from the Environmental Advisory Board.

    Here are the numbers from #4 which is from 2010 so those numbers are probably dated as well “Nationally, the industry generated $135.2 billion of economic activity—$61.1 billion by the nation’s nonprofit arts and culture organizations in addition to $74.1 billion in event-related expenditures by their audiences. This economic activity supports 4.13 million full-time jobs and generates $86.68 billion in resident household income. Our industry also generates $22.3 billion in revenue to local, state, and federal governments every year”

    And please keep in mind that almost 55% of that number they use ($135.2M) comes from tourist/visitor related spending – which is one aspect of the Long Beach economy that is just not capable of producing the same economic impact that other locations can.

  4. C.A.V.E., at least you’re consistent. By suggesting the Arts Council should be disbanded before it has even met confirms your consistent cynicism and pessimism.

    Too bad you didn’t go to the last City Council meeting (or look at the video) because you would have heard the optimism of the representatives of many Arts organizations who were championing this action.

    Time will tell what the Arts Council accomplishes, but at least give it time.

  5. I believe the Art Council is a great idea in theory, but CAVE has a very, very valid point – public art needs to be a intellectual thought process involving the community. I hope that our City Manager appoints community members who bring dynamic ideas to the table, as well as strategic long term goals for public art. Many cities have done the commissioning process very well, many have not. I look forward to seeing what transpires.

    “Imagine a city where graffiti wasn’t illegal, a city where everybody could draw whatever they liked. Where every street was awash with a million colours and little phrases. Where standing at a bus stop was never boring. A city that felt like a party where everyone was invited, not just the estate agents and barons of big business. Imagine a city like that and stop leaning against the wall – it’s wet.”
    ― Banksy, Wall and Piece

  6. Let’s also hope they subscribe to the idea that less is more. I would rather see a few well done, thoughtfully placed installations than a citywide collage of mediocre. We don’t want it to turn into visual noise.

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