The Cambodia Town Mural Project is nearly complete and the Arts Council For Long Beach is partying with the Heart of Long Beach event from 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13, at the Mark Twain Neighborhood Library (1401 E. Anaheim St.).
Live entertainment, vendors, food and mural tours are included at the event, co-sponsored by the City of Long Beach, National Endowment for the Arts, California Arts Council, California Community Foundation, Long Beach Transit, Midtown Business Improvement District and the Port of Long Beach.
“We saw it (project) as an opportunity to collaborate,” Arts Council’s education & community programs manager Cynthia Luján said. “We had our kickoff in April and this is a culminating event.”
The project, most of which is along East Anaheim Street, began in 2016, when the Arts Council received a grant, Luján said. According to Lujan, the murals are meant to be permanent, and will remain on the buildings for at least 10 years. Part of the project was paid by a $20,000 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Chairwoman Jane Chu approved more than $30 million in grants as part of the NEA’s first funding announcement for the fiscal year, according to a release.
Many of the murals highlight issues faced by Cambodians, including refugees’ struggle, rainforest deforestation and more, organizers said.
“We saw it as an opportunity to have a project and partner with Cambodia Town,” she said. “it’s about creating a stronger community.”
Seven of the eight murals are complete, she said, with one…
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