Celebrating a Decade of the Long Beach Open Studio Tour
Long Beach Open Studio Tour boosts the visibility of Long Beach artists and enhances community participation through its annual artist studio tour.
In 2009, the Executive Director of the Arts Council for Long Beach visited Lisa Wibroe’s studio during the Mid-City Studio Tour. As Craig Watson was developing October is Arts Month for the City of Long Beach, he asked Lisa if a studio tour could be held annually as opposed to biennially and the annual LB Open Studio Tour was born! Working together, Lisa and fellow artist Tina Burnight, have grown the event each year over the past decade. Now, Lisa and Tina have passed the torch to Javier Sola and his wife, Cherie.
Our Mission Statement is to introduce the community to its local artists in their working environments located within their neighborhoods and thus see that creating art is a “real job.” Another aspect of our Mission Statement is to help artists connect with community members and other artists.
The first year, 2010, the LBOST was funded, not only by the Arts Council for Long Beach, but also by Connected Corridor. The Arts Council has been a supportive sponsor every year since our inception. This year, we had several businesses request to be sponsors for this free community event. We are very grateful for the support of our community and local artists. Our hope is to make the LB Open Studio Tour the premier event for Long Beach’s October is Arts Month and attract visitors from other cities to this Tour.
Because the Tour has grown over the decade, we have created four separate hubs, each with its own weekend.
We hope you get the opportunity to see every single studio; come out to support your local artists!