ArtWorksLBC fosters community engagement through the conduit of art, in conjunction with the Rose Park Neighborhood Association’s Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative. ArtWorksLBC is a community benefit project of Rose Park Neighborhood Association.

Hearts Across Long Beach began as a community wellness project for essential workers in response to COVID19. Participating organizations were provided a mosaic art kit to create a moment of beauty, healing, and self expression with these mosaic hearts. Organizations were asked to return their hearts to be arranged as part of a larger community exhibit. All hearts of participating organizations are shown below.

Based on feedback from participants, the need for connection, health and wellness in our neighborhoods, ArtWorksLBC expanded its outreach to individuals and families. ArtWorksLBC offers a mosaic heart kit pickup at Rose Park on 8th and Orizaba every Thursday from 3pm to 4pm. Participants can pick up a mosaic heart kit to create at home and complete. Mosaic hearts are then returned to the park to be displayed as a larger community exhibit in various locations throughout the city of Long Beach. Watch the video below with ArtWorksLBC Director Dawn Mendelson and Mosaic Artist Luz Mack to learn more about the Hearts Across Long Beach project.

Global Paratransit transports over 1.9 M passengers each year, providing safe, reliable, affordable transit services in over 60 cities and municipalities across Southern California.

The LGBTQ Center Long Beach ‘advances equity for LGBTQ people through culturally responsive advocacy, education, programs, and services.’

Hacienda of Hope is a safe alternative to emergency hospitalization for individuals living with mental health challenges who are experiencing a stressful life event or crisis.

Horace Mann Elementary is a K-5 elementary school in the Long Beach Unified School District.

Rebuilding Together Long Beach provides free critical home repairs, accessibility modifications and energy-efficient upgrades to our
older, differently-abled and veteran neighbors in need by rallying neighborhoods, nonprofits and government
to beautify public spaces, rehabilitate facilities and create safer communities.

CARE Center at St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach is an outpatient services center that offers many services, including dental care, health education, and housing assistance. 

CONTRIBUTE to the Hearts Across Long Beach project with a donation, please visit to donate via PayPal. Please email with the donation amount and specify Hearts Across Long Beach.



Our Friendship Corner community project gives individuals an opportunity to create something beautiful for the neighborhood. In October 2020, a mural of roses was painted along the wall at 7th Street and Dawson Avenue; led by Rose Park resident and artist Cody Lusby and implemented with the help of many fantastic volunteers.

Mosaic artist Dawn Mendelson created mosaic kits with the help of neighborhood volunteers to hand out to individuals and families to create at home and return for installation. The vibrant mosaic designs accompany the mural of roses along the wall. Come see the revitalization of the open space come to life! Watch the instructional videos in English and Spanish below to learn the art of mosaics!

Mosaic Artist Dawn Mendelson provides instruction on creating mosaic art


The Safer by the Sea community project provided neighbors an opportunity to express to the outside world about what beautiful fish we are even though our current condition during the COVID19 pandemic is much like fish living in an aquarium. We stay safe at home while we wait for the current to pass so we can escape and swimmingly return back to the open waters – together.

The Safer by the Sea project invited Long Beach residents to utilize an outline of a fish, innovate and create a fish with their own personal style! We asked residents to display their fish in the outward facing window of their home or hang it from a tree in their front yard and upload a picture of their fish to the RPNA Facebook page at RoseParkNeighborhoodAssociation or email a photo to
All the pictures that we received digitally became part of a very large fish that we put together, including a video presentation below of all the submissions and the reading in English and Spanish of the Leo Leonni book “Swimmy.”  #SaferByTheSea #ArtWorksLBC

Safer by the Sea Virtual Exhibit – Created by @ArtWorksLBC
Safer by the Sea Virtual Art Project features Director Dawn Mendelson reading the book “Swimmy” by Author Leo Leonni
Safer by the Sea Virtual Art Project features Artist Luz Mack reading the book “Swimmy” by Author Leo Leonni


Learn more about the mission, vision & values of ArtWorksLBC, including program goals, neighborhood impact, and how we measure success —> ArtWorksLBC Strategic Plan for 2020-2021 | PDF

We hope that neighborhoods and communities remain resilient and recover from individual and collective traumas. We hope that each person takes the opportunity to express themselves in a meaningful way. We hope that all share in the value of giving back, so that we move forward in a positive way. We provide virtual and in-person art projects to residents; providing a safe space for creativity, communication, healing and wellness.

Dawn Mendelson, Director ArtWorksLBC
Long-time LB resident, innovator of art wellness to build community.

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