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African American Cultural Center Community Visioning Process

Give your input by filling out the online survey and contributing to the Cultural Asset Inventory.

On February 20, 2018, Councilman Austin introduced, and City Council approved, an item requesting the City Manager to work with community stakeholders to identify potential City-owned sites in Long Beach for an African American Cultural Center. After sites were identified, City staff recommended that further engagement of stakeholders and subject matter experts be conducted, contingent on the identification of a funding source. On September 4, 2018, while adopting the 2019 Budget, the City Council allocated funds to support planning and outreach efforts for the African American Cultural Center.

From February to May, community members are invited to participate in the visioning process through community roundtable meetings, focus groups, and an internet survey. This outreach will be led by Tasha W. Hunter of the Wiggins Hunter Consulting and Alan Burks of Environ Architecture, Inc. Concurrently, Lord Cultural Resources, a premier national organization experienced in creating cultural centers and museums, will work with a Community Advisory Committee to explore best practices. Community members are also welcome at the monthly Community Advisory Committee meetings.

Community Advisory Committee Meetings

Expo Arts Center, 4321 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, CA 90807

Committee Roster and Responsibilities
Committee Bylaws

Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Community Visioning Kickoff

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 5:30pm 
Meeting #1 
Meeting Notes

Planning Overview and Case Studies / Community Outreach Strategy

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 5:30pm
Meeting #2
Meeting Notes

Cultural Asset Inventory

Community Engagement Update

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 5:30pm
Meeting #3

Meeting Notes
Community Engagement Plan
Fund Development Subcommittee Update

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - 5:30pm
Meeting #4 
Meeting Notes
Community Engagement Presentation

Community Engagement Report Executive Summary
Queens Historical Society Presentation

Fund Development Subcommittee Update

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Meeting #5 - Vision Confirmation Workshop
Meeting Notes
Vision Confirmation Workshop Presentation

Tuesday, July 30, 2019 - 5:30pm
Meeting #6

Community Roundtable Meetings 

Tuesday, March 7, 2019 - 5:30-7:30pm
Roundtable #1
Long Beach Community Action Partnership, 117 W. Victoria St., Long Beach, CA 90805

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 5:30-7:30pm
Roundtable #2
Christ Second Baptist Church, 1471 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Long Beach, CA 90813

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 5:30pm-7:30pm
Roundtable #3
West Facilities Center, 2125 Santa Fe Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90810

For more information or questions contact i-team@longbeach.gov or (562) 570-7915.