About the East Village
Long Beach's emerging arts community has made its home in the East Village where virtually every art form is represented.
Home to the Museum of Latin American Art (MoLAA), the nation's only museum to exclusively feature art from Latin America, the East Village offers cutting-edge exhibits, one-of-a-kind galleries, unique retailers, and chatty sidewalk cafes.
The East Village is also a popular place to browse through galleries and explore some of the city's most eclectic boutique stores. Every Saturday, be sure you come by for Long Beach's only fully certified organic Farmer's Market.
To address the concerns and visions of the East Village Arts District and implement actions to improve the quality of life for residents and businesses in this community while creating opportunities for artists of all disciplines to flourish.
About the East Village Association
The East Village Association, or EVA as it is affectionately known, has opportunities in all areas of volunteerism. We are a recently renewed organization as the area businesses and residents strive to keep an artistic and independent culture alive in a city that, like many, seems to care more and more about stucco than culture. We want to be a catalyst for the expression of everyone in Long Beach and the surrounding areas who have a voice.
City and Government Websites
- The Official Online Travel and Entertainment Guide
- Official government website for the City of Long Beach
- Downtown Long Beach Association
History of the East Village
A group of eight brown frame buildings—art shops, studios, and private art schools—in a rustic setting at the corner of Ocean Blvd. and Atlantic Avenue, known as the “Wayside Colony” was in established in 1922 by James C. Savery. Savery, a prominent businessperson and patron of the arts had been in Paris during the war and wanted to bring an arts community to Long Beach. The Colony housed wood and metal workers, glassblowers, painters, weavers, musicians and dancers. Artists works were on display and demonstrations were encouraged, china painting and rug making could be watched by those passing by. A restaurant was part of the Colony as well.
James Savery died in 1931, but it is said that the Wayside Colony continued through the 1930’s and into the 1940’s.
“East Village” Today
East Village Arts District is the name of the eastern half of Downtown Long Beach, California. The borders are Ocean Blvd. to the south, Long Beach Blvd. to the west, 7th Street to the north, and Alamitos Avenue to the east. In 2007, the border of the East Village was expanded north to 10th Street.
The East Village is a mix of many different housing types, including high-rise condos, artist lofts and small craftsman cottages, as well as people many different cultures, income levels, and professions. The neighborhood has many independent stores selling everything from designer denim and specialty sneakers to used books and mid-century furniture. There are coffee shops which serve food, and restaurants featuring everything from crepes and sushi to chicken n' waffles. The East Village is also the city's arts district, with most of the independent shops, restaurants and galleries exhibiting work by Long Beach and Southern Californian artists.
Besides the regular bus services going to other parts of Long Beach, Long Beach Transit has a free Village Tour D'art going through the East Village that stops at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center and the Long Beach Sports Arena (which has one of Wyland's Whaling Walls), the 1926 Art Deco Breakers Hotel, the Museum of Latin American Art, the Oceanic Art Museum and gallery, several local historical churches, the City Place and Long Beach Promenade shopping centers, and the restaurants and shops on Pine Avenue in the West Village.
The East Village Arts District is home to the Second Saturday Art Walk every month, featuring art receptions and special events in the shop and galleries of the District.
The East Village Arts District is also home to Soundwalk, a unique sound art festival, which began in 2004. Soundwalk is a series of site-specific sound installations and sound art performances and attracts renowned sound artists from around the world.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Some of the history information was taken from the East Village Arts District Guide for Development, the MoLLA web site and writings by Louise Kripal.
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