Vice Mayor Rex Richardson Leads North Long Beach’s First Creative Corridor Mural Arts Tour
Seven Murals Presented as a Result Richardson’s Creative Corridor Challenge
On Saturday, July 30, Vice Mayor Rex Richardson led community members, business owners, youth, artists, and other stakeholders on a tour of the seven new murals in North Long Beach as a result of the Creative Corridor Challenge. Gathering at Houghton Park, participants rode on a bus provided by Long Beach Transit and were treated to an insightful presentation of the murals by the artists who created them.
Part of North Long Beach’s “Roadmap to the Renaissance,” Richardson spearheaded the Creative Corridor Challenge with partners from the Arts Council for Long Beach and the Squeeze Art Collective. Eight artists were selected to work at seven locations around North Long Beach, whose collective work now covers the majority of corridors in the district.
This Uptown corridor beautification project is also a civic engagement initiative sought to improve corridor presentation through artwork, collaboration, and community ownership.
“Nine months ago, we issued a challenge to the arts community and our local residents to activate our corridors through civic engagement and creativity,” stated Richardson. “I’m proud to unveil seven transformational and catalytic installations that have made a tremendous impact on our neighborhoods. The success of our community’s revitalization has to integrate art, bring people together, and serve a purpose.”
The artists involved with the Creative Corridor Challenge were Squeeze Art Collective founders Katie Phillips and Tracy Negrete, muralist Marcel “SEL” Blanco, muralist Maria “Mer” Young, artist Guillermo Avalos, painter Jose Loza, and Dog Knit Sweater duo Daisy Rosas and Danny Miller.
“This has been such an amazing experience. The love from the community was so fulfilling. The murals are well received by children, young people, adults and elders. I am so happy to have been a part of such an incredible initiative and am grateful to Vice Mayor Richardson for sponsoring this project,” said Mer Young, the artist behind the mural near the intersection of Artesia Blvd. and Atlantic Ave.