(LONG BEACH, CA – March 27, 2024) The Downtown Long Beach Alliance is pleased to announce the line-up for “DTLB Art Walk: Celebrate Downtown Edition,” the third art walk in the quarterly series, set to take place on Saturday, April 13 from 4 to 9 PM. Similar to previous DTLB art walks, the effort is a collaboration between the Downtown Long Beach Alliance, Arts Council for Long Beach, LBMA Downtown, Grey LB, and Studio One Eleven. 

“I am so excited to unveil our DTLB Art Walk programming, a vibrant celebration of local art, businesses, and the exceptional walkability of Downtown,” said Austin Metoyer, Downtown Long Beach Alliance President and CEO. “This initiative is a testament to the community’s dedication to enriching Downtown’s cultural landscape and supporting the heartbeat of our local economy. Together, we’re crafting an immersive journey that paints our streets with creativity and connects every visitor with the soul of our city.” 

The DTLB Art Walk will have several exhibits, showcases, DJs, performances, activations, collaborations, as well as the annual presentation of Downtown Long Beach Alliance’s Spirit of Downtown Awards, and so much more. See below for highlights: 

  • “Is this a river? This is a river?” by local designer and commercial artist Eric Trine and documentary filmmaker Vern Moen of Long Beach Film Co will open at the former iconic Acres of Books building (the central hub of the DTLB Art Walk) at 240 Long Beach Blvd. Part of Studio One Eleven’s “We Activate our Cities Initiative,” this exhibition will display a diverse range of artwork, including photography, 3D installations, video, and more, to reconnect viewers to the San Gabriel Rivermouth. 
  • The Celebrate Downtown Hub will be located behind the former Acres of Books activation within the Onni East Village complex. Visitors can also expect music and entertainment by DJ Malcolm Alexander, funk soul outfit Anthony Cruz & Friends, and LB B-boy Squad, and the announcement and celebration of the Downtown Long Beach Alliance’s annual Spirit of Downtown Awardees. 
  • LBMA Downtown at 356 E. 3rd St will feature local artists and vendors showcasing their works.
  • RDC-Studio One Eleven at 245 E. 3rd St. will launch its Creative-in-Residence program, featuring Kristen Marie Flores’ Muse Apothecary and the launch of Muse Lab, encompassing a retail pop-up installation with locally sourced plants from Flora Forage, and an exploration of the bridge between community care and workplace well-being. For more info, click here. 
  • Record Box at 324 Elm Ave. will host a record sleeve art show, “COVERS,” where artists pick a record to create a new, one-of-a-kind record sleeve cover. Check out works from the last show in September here. 
  • Hellada Gallery at 117 Linden Ave. will host the opening of its annual community exhibit, “Sensuality in Art,” alongside new artworks by Karen Zilly’s “a sense of place” — a collection of coastal and Zen-inspired works. More information on Zilly, Hellada Gallery and the upcoming exhibit can be found here. 
  • 1st Street & Historic East Village Arts District Activation: Businesses throughout the East Village, with a high concentration on 1st Street, will be organized from 1 to 6 PM, pairing their unique and boutique offerings with artists from throughout the region. More can be found on the collectives’ program on Instagram here or on the East Village website here. 

The Downtown Long Beach Art Walk is a quarterly initiative to build on the energy of the monthly 2nd Saturday Art Walk in the East Village with a larger quarterly event that bridges and pulls together the entire Downtown and surrounding area in celebration of the arts. For more information, click here.

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About the Downtown Long Beach Alliance: The Alliance is a non-profit, community-based organization whose mission is to cultivate, preserve and promote a healthy, safe, and prosperous Downtown for all. By balancing the interests of the residents, as well as businesses, the DLBA creates tangible progress by way of vested interest and solidified partnerships across local, municipal, and commercial lines. For additional information, visit www.downtownlongbeach.org, or follow on Facebook @downtownlongbeach, and on X” (formerly Twitter) @dlba and Instagram @dlba.