Call to Artists

Issued by The East 7th Street Collaboration | City of Long Beach, CA
September 1st, 2013

Request for Proposals (RFP): East 7th Street Re-Envisioned Project

Please be sure to read all sections in the Art Event menu thoroughly.

ACLB-logo e7-logo-220 SL-District-logoRobert Garcia - Long Beach Vice Mayor

East 7th Street Collaboration is seeking proposals for artistic reinterpretations of certain buildings and city infrastructure to be displayed as part of a fall Art Walk event.  Event will be a juried competition with top 3 entries receiving honorariums.

This RFP is open to all visual and graphic artists, designers, architects and teams there-of over the age of 18.  Students are welcome and encouraged to apply.

Application Deadline:
Entries must be received by October 4th, 2013. No exceptions. Please refer to our entry procedures and specifications.  Once read, you can apply online.

(Note: if you prefer, you may also download the Event info and form in PDF format.)

About East 7th Street:

The 1.6 mile stretch of East 7th Street, from Redondo Ave to Alamitos Ave, and its surrounding neighborhoods was annexed to the city of Long Beach in 1909.  Today, it is one of the most heavily traveled corridors in Long Beach.  With over 30,000 cars passing through daily, East 7th Street is integral for commuters and visitors to city serving as a major arterial route through the city and as a “welcome mat” entering the city from neighboring Orange County.   The surrounding neighborhoods, all members of the Collaborative, are home to some of the greatest population density in Long Beach with over 30,000 residents living in the immediate surrounding area.

It is an ethnically diverse area with demographics that include people of African American, Hispanic, Caucasian and Asian descent.  Median age is 35-45, but again, quite diverse and the area is also increasingly popular with young college students as mass transit provides direct access to CSULB.

East 7th Street is, and always has been, a mixed-use street containing both residential and commercial properties, however to most residents of Long Beach it is currently regarded as a highway through town.

It is the goal of the East 7th Street Collaboration to facilitate improvements to the street making it a more viable and connected part of the surrounding neighborhoods by encouraging further business development, improving the look of many existing buildings and addressing concerns over the street’s infrastructure to create a more pedestrian friendly and pleasantly active environment.

The East 7th Street Collaborative has been working hard over the last two years along with the city of Long Beach to implement positive changes to the street.  They have been successful thus far in placing pavers in the crosswalks of major intersections, and in having over 80 trees planted to help green the corridor.  A brand new park will break ground on the Alamitos end of East 7th Street later this year across from the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) and the Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum (PIEM) serving as a gateway to East 7th Street from the West.

The East 7th Street Collaborative was also an integral part of working with the owner of the largest-scale retail complex at the intersection of Junipero Ave and 7th Street to create a new modern facade that still blends with the historical nature of the surrounding neighborhoods.

Many positive changes are taking place on East 7th Street.  East 7th Street has been selected for a major improvement design project by Councilmember Suja Lowenthal, and to continue the forward momentum the Collaborative is planning a fall street event to further awareness and inspire more of the area residents and business owners to become involved.

Please be sure to read all sections in the Art Event menu thoroughly.