The Long Beach City College Public Art Program seeks to contribute to a welcoming, affirming campus experience for all students. In the 2019 NACCC survey, a minority of students felt they mattered in public spaces on campus and one of the recommended actions was to ensure inclusive imagery surrounds students. For more information, please see the Fall 2021 Student Climate and Engagement Survey.
The 2022 Long Beach City College Public Art Advisory Group Student Survey revealed that students are looking for murals on campus that feature the following issues: environmentalism, mental health, Southern California history and culture, social justice, and diverse representation (Black, Indigenous, People of Color).
Long Beach City College’s redesigned M Building opened in the fall of 2022. This new building functions as a multi-disciplinary facility that houses Language Arts, Foreign Language, Career Technology Education, Computer & Office Studies (COS), Disabled Students Programs & Services, and the Student Success Center’s Writing & Reading Center. The location and placement of this new building creates a passageway (outdoor corridor) connecting students, staff, and faculty from the E Carson St quad to the center of campus. With seating conveniently located across from the location this piece will not only be available to foot traffic but could also work as a point of interest for students to engage with the piece.
As the Pilot Public Art Project, the Public Art Advisory Group seeks the design, creation and installation of an exterior façade/mural on the newly opened M Building with an emphasis and focus on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility.
This opportunity is open to artists through an Application of Interest and a Request for Proposal (RFP) process. The commissioned exterior façade mural may be created from any materials of the artist, or artist team’s, choosing that can endure complete exposure to the elements. On an east facing wall, the section for the art measures 18 feet in height by 15 feet in length. Once completed, the wall will be finished with a protective coating environmentally friendly graffiti control coating called Permashield Premium Graffiti Control System by Monochem, and to be applied per the manufacturer’s specifications.
Please submit a letter of interest with artwork samples and qualifications that are relevant to the
specific commission to which you are applying. The Public Art Advisory Group encourages artists to
engage critically with the district’s mission and the vision of the public art program on campus, and the Public Art Group DEIA Statement.
Application of Interest Timeline
- Application of Interest released Monday, March 13, 2023
- Application of Interest question deadline: Monday, March 20, 2023
- Application of Interest question responses: Friday, March 24, 2023
- Application of Interest submission deadline: Friday, April 7, 2023
Separate solicitation: Request for Proposal (RFP)
- Announcement of top 5 finalist for a formal RFP Friday, April 21, 2023
- Deadline for artists finalist to submit mural proposal Friday, May 19, 2023
- Request for Proposal (RFP) finalists announced Friday, June 16, 2023
Mural Installation Timeline
- Installation of artworks on-campus: July 2023-August 2023
- Opening Ceremony: August 25, 2023
NOTE: The dates referenced above are subject to change with or without notice.
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How to apply
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