Starting in March, things appeared to be up in the air for Rose Park Neighborhood Association. Like many Long Beach nonprofit organizations, we wondered how to move forward with the series of events, resident-led initiatives and street actions. How do we stay connected to residents and their needs during this time, while pressing issues are rising to the surface?
The past 10 months highlighted much needed services for our most vulnerable residents and demanded that we work with community partners to implement real change for safer streets that no longer allows pedestrian fatalities and works to slow traffic speed. This year provided an opportunity to slow down, identify, connect, and develop new partnerships to work toward solutions and action in 2021. If any of these initiatives speak to you, we hope you will join us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. 2021 priorities include:
Pedestrian & Street Safety
Food Security for Older Adults
Friendship Corner Mural at Dawson & 7th Street – vacant space revitalization
The Friendship Corner Community Project is bursting with beauty, creativity, and connecting neighbors through the revitalization of a vacant space in need of attention and care. We want to thank the participation of Franklin Middle School and Mann Elementary students and families who recently received mosaic kits! The mosaic daisies the students create will be added to the Friendship Corner mural at the Dawson and 7th Street lot.
ArtWorksLBC Director and mosaic artist, Dawn Mendelson joined Mann Elementary School’s family zoom night on Wednesday, December 2nd to show students and their families about the art of mosaic and tell them about the Friendship Corner Community Project at the Dawson and 7th Street lot. The family zoom night included the story Maybe Something Beautiful – How Art Transformed a Neighborhood by F. Isabelle Campoy & Theresa Howell to show students how a splash of color can brighten the grayest of areas in a neighborhood.
Mann Elementary Principal Mrs. Fiala commented on the project: “What a wonderful experience to share with our families. Working together to create our mosaics brought pure joy and laughter during challenging times. To be part of such a beautiful art installation in our own neighborhood brings the hope of the community to build beauty from the ashes.”
If you have a completed mosaic kit or want to pick one up, please email email@example.com for more information.
The historic Rose Park neighborhood is located in the City of Long Beach, California