Supporting Individual Artists: Keep Arts Working - Creating More Than a Message

Recorded On: 09/16/2020

imageAbout this Webinar

On March 14th, 2020, the Arts Council for Long Beach cancelled its monthly art walk because of COVID-19 health orders. We knew that this moment was already catastrophic because so many artists sell their art, perform their music, and promote their practice to the community during this event. So, on March 26th, we launched our first virtual live stream event and created the Keep Arts Working project. Since then we have partnered with 2 local media outlets, more than a dozen businesses, and over 25 artists of various genres. We are still finding new partners daily. Keep Arts Working has continued to grow after Long Beach residents protested George Floyd's murder and the city met social unrest on May 31st. The project was adopted by the city and other business improvement partners in order to address the damage left on June 1st. 

This project and marketing campaign is strongly grounded in valuing grassroots connections that can be uplifted with established communication organizations.

Leaning Objectives: 

  • Participants will gain an understanding of the advantages and obstacles an independent city arts non-profit faces when needing to pivot in a crisis.
  • Participants will learn from artists directly how their work was successful during this time and share what arts organizations can do to continue to pay artists and promote their work. 

This project is supported in part by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.


Jose Cordon


Jose Cordon by birth is a southern Cali raised street photographer based out of the LBC, a seaside city regularly referred to as Long Beach, CA. With an affinity for industrialism and the makeup of city life, Deadendbrigade is constantly in search of the montage that make up urban landscapes and the images they create.

Instagram: @deadendbrigade


Jewels Long Beach

Comedian, Host, Drag Queen and Philanthropist

She is a staple at Hamburger Mary’s, where she is the entertainment director for its 19 locations nationwide. But outside of the weekly drag brunches she hosts, Jewels has also become a powerful fundraiser. Her efforts have helped raise money for entities like the LGBTQ Center, the International Imperial Court of Long Beach and the Arts Council for Long Beach. 

Instagram: @jewelslongbeach

Twitter: @jewelslongbeach

Facebook: @jewelslongbeach

Brandie Davison

Founder, Arts Realm Collective

She was born and raised in the wonderful city of Long Beach, California. and has a passion for art and creativity. Davison launched Art Realm in the summer of 2017, a tight-knit community of emerging artists, ranging from filmmakers to painters, sculptors to zine-makers, that make up one of the city’s most visible groups of visual artists.

Instagram: @lilbrandie@art.realm.collective

Griselda Suarez

Executive Director

Arts Council for Long Beach

“As an arts community, we are at a very exciting place. We have built an amazing relationship with the city. We’re really at a place where we can begin to show the strength we have in the arts and in the creative economy we have here in Long Beach.”

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Supporting Individual Artists: Keep Arts Working - Creating More Than a Message
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