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African American Cultural Center Community Visioning Process

Community roundtables and surveys have ended, but please continue to participate through contributing to our Cultural Asset Inventory or attending an Advisory Committee Meeting (see below).

On July 30, 2019, the Community Advisory Committee voted to extend meetings through October. Please see below for an updated list of meetings.

Background


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 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

Committee Members and Responsibilities
Committee Bylaws

Community Visioning Kickoff
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Expo Arts Center (4321 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, CA 90807)

Meeting #1 
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 5:30pm 
Expo Arts Center (4321 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, CA 90807)
Meeting Notes
Planning Overview and Case Studies / Community Outreach Strategy

Meeting #2
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 5:30pm 
Expo Arts Center (4321 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, CA 90807)
Meeting Notes
Cultural Asset Inventory

Community Engagement Update

Meeting #3
Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 5:30pm
Expo Arts Center (4321 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, CA 90807)
Meeting Notes
Community Engagement Plan
Fund Development Subcommittee Update

Meeting #4 
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - 5:30pm
Expo Arts Center (4321 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, CA 90807)
Meeting Notes
Community Engagement Presentation

Community Engagement Report Executive Summary
Queens Historical Society Presentation

Fund Development Subcommittee Update

Meeting #5 (Vision Confirmation Workshop) 
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Expo Arts Center (4321 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, CA 90807)
Meeting Notes
Vision Confirmation Workshop Presentation

Meeting #6 
Tuesday, July 30, 2019 - 5:30pm
Expo Arts Center (4321 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, CA 90807)
Meeting Notes
Preliminary Business Plan
Asset Inventory Presentation
City Owned Properties Presentation

Meeting #7
Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - 4:00pm - 6:30pm
MOLAA (628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802)
Meeting Notes

Meeting #8
Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 5:30pm
Long Beach Museum of Art

Meeting #9
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - 5:30pm
Aquarium of the Pacific


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.