Long Beach Candidate Forum, March 21

Fri, 03/09/2012 (All day)
Advocacy Team (if applicable): 

Long BeachThe Arts Council for Long Beach, in partnership with Arts for LA, will hold a Candidate Forum on Wednesday, March 21, 2012, from 6:00pm-9:00pm.  The event will be held at the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) located at 628 Alamitos Avenue in Long Beach, California.  Candidates for the Long Beach Unified School District School Board, Long Beach City College Board of Trustees and Long Beach City Council have been invited to attend.  All three forums will be moderated by Sandy VandenBerge from the Long Beach Community Foundation.

This free public event will connect candidates running in the April 10, 2012 local election with constituents interested in Long Beach’s rich cultural heritage and deep commitment to the arts.

To RSVP for this free public forum, please click here.

The event will begin at 6:00pm with a 30-minute forum with the candidates for Long Beach Unified School District Board, followed by a 30-minute forum with the candidates for the Long Beach City College Board of Trustees.  After a brief intermission, the 90-minute forum for candidates for Long Beach City Council will commence. The event will end by 9:00pm.  Candidates will have an opportunity to respond to questions from the public.

The purpose of the candidate forum is to provide an opportunity for candidates and the public to discuss arts education, public art, arts funding and to hear the candidates’ perspectives on the role of arts and culture in the local economy in fostering a healthy, engaged society.

The forum is nonpartisan, and all registered candidates have been invited to participate.  To register to vote, locate a polling place and determine which district you live in, visit LAVote.net.

DATE: Wednesday, March 21, 2012
TIME: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
LOCATION: Museum of Latin American Art
628 Alamitos Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802


The Arts Council for Long Beach was established in 1976 by the City of Long Beach to respond to the needs of the growing local arts community and to develop cultural resources. As the city’s arts agency, they function as a private 501(c)(3) organization. The Arts Council receives annual city support, as well as support from individuals, corporations and foundations.  Their purpose is to organize, encourage and enhance the cultural environment in the City of Long Beach.  By supporting the artists in their community, together they create cultural opportunities and experiences for the people who live, work and play here.  For more information: www.artslb.org.

Arts for LA is the regional arts and arts education advocacy organization for the Los Angeles County region.  Their mission is to foster a healthy environment in which arts and culture may thrive and be accessible to all in the Los Angeles region.  The candidate forum is a part of their Grasstops Leadership Initiative, designed to increase civic participation and advocacy knowledge among field leadership.  For more information: www.ArtsforLA.org.

Moderator Sandy VandenBerge: Joining the Foundation as Communications and Outreach Manager in February 2008, Sandy was promoted to Vice President in January 2009. She handles a variety of things including marketing, communications, grants, outreach, events and general administration. Sandy holds a Master of Social Work degree and has an extensive background in working with diverse groups of people in many walks of life. She taught overseas in Taiwan and Albania, worked in new home sales and marketing, spent four years in the payroll department of a major office furniture manufacturer, and managed masters and doctoral programs at Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology. She also recently completed the Certified Specialist in Planned Giving program offered through CSULB Foundation.

The candidate forum is made possible in part through generous support from the Boeing Company, California Community Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.