Long Beach Airport Showcases CORE 2021 Art Exhibit

The Long Beach Airport is showcasing a 14-piece art exhibit, CORE 2021, curated by Able ARTS Work now through December.

CORE 2021 is a collection made by local artists of all abilities, as well as resident artists of Able ARTS Work. 

Able ARTS Work is a local nonprofit that offers a range of services for those with developmental disabilities, autism, and all people through several different creative art therapies.

Long Beach is known for its rich art culture, being home to different museums such as the Museum of Latin American Art and the Long Beach Museum of Art.

 Airport Director Cynthia Guidry has said she welcomes this art exhibit to highlight the local arts and culture scene while providing guests with a unique Long Beach experience. 

“This exhibit is a great addition to our airport and an amazing way to showcase the incredible work of Long Beach artists — especially artists with disabilities,” said Mayor Robert Garcia in a recent press release.

The art is aimed to highlight the unique bonds formed through the artistic process and will be shown on the large construction barriers around the buildout of the new baggage claim area. It will be displayed for approximately five months.

Helen Doas, Founder & CEO of Able ARTS Work said about the program and exhibit, “The CORE 2021 exhibition first opened on May 8, 2021, at our 2nd & PCH gallery space and we are proud to bring back this powerful display of arts, health and community on an even larger scale through this partnership with the Long Beach Airport. Research tells us that there are two things that bring calm to our hearts and mind, the arts and nature. In this exhibition, you see both. Art brings the community together, it tells a story when you look at it, it gives you an aesthetic perspective that all humanity needs for a quality of life.”

“This exhibit by incredible Able ARTS resident artists and professional community artists demonstrates how diversity and inclusion can benefit everyone and make a powerful impact. This is the vision and philosophy of Able ARTS Work as we continue to partner with the community and provide these valued experiences in our new space in Bixby Knolls,” she continued. 

Learn more at their page here, or head over to 4321 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach 90807 to visit the ABLE Arts Work Gallery. Their current exhibit features artwork on upcycled drums and guitars donated by Yamaha Corporation titled the YamahaCares Upcycled Guitar Exhibit.

By: Linda Mai