PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

8/26/2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 082621
Subject:
Exhibition Features Migrant Children’s Artwork at Long Beach’s Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA)
One-day showing scheduled for August 29
Contact:
City of Long Beach Joint Information Center
562.570.NEWS
jic@longbeach.gov

Solimar Salas, Vice President of Content & Programming, Museum of Latin American Art
562.216.4147
ssalas@molaa.org

Long Beach, CA - An exhibition showcasing works of art created by migrant children at Long Beach’s Emergency Intake Shelter will be presented for a one-day showing on Sunday, August 29, at the Viva Events Center at the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), 628 Alamitos Ave. Admission is free on Sundays, when MOLAA is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“These young artists remind us all why it was so important for us to create a safe and welcoming environment for these kids,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “These children have gone through so much hardship. They are smart, creative and their inspiration shines through in their beautiful artwork.”

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) temporarily housed and reunited 1,538 migrant children at an Emergency Intake Shelter at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center from April 22 to July 23, when the last child was reunited with family members or sponsors. The Convention Center, which was not being used for public events due to the pandemic, could accommodate up to 1,000 children at a time.

Long Beach’s facility was one of several emergency shelters set up around the country when the federal government experienced an influx of children at the southern border. The Convention Center mostly housed girls ages five and older, and had space for education, recreation, healthcare and legal services. Most children were housed for 19 days on average before they were connected with family members or sponsors.

The artwork the children created includes:
  • Body-sized dresses made with recycled items created by young girls as part of a fashion show
  • The shelter logo, which the children created and voted on and was included in all staff badges  Posters from an election held after forming an official council for the shelter, which was led by a six-year-old council president
  • Several 8x11 art pieces the children created, depicting what their time in Long Beach meant to them
  • An art piece created by shelter staff

“The Museum of Latin American Art is a place for all and we are very happy to partner with the City of Long Beach to present this exhibition as a labor of love,” said MOLAA President & CEO Dr. Lourdes Ramos.

When scheduling a visit to MOLAA, people are reminded of the following:

  • Online reservations and ticket purchases are encouraged, but not required.
  • Admission times can be reserved online for MOLAA Free Sundays.
  • Walk-ins are welcome.
  • MOLAA members do not have to make reservations in advance.
  • Masks and face-coverings are not required in outdoor spaces. Face coverings are required for visitors in indoor spaces. MOLAA has face masks available for visitors.
  • If you're visiting MOLAA for the sculpture garden, please call ahead at 562.437.1689 to confirm that it is open for viewing.
For more information visit molaa.org. Follow MOLAA on social media: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.