Youth choir tapped by Long Beach arts council to create new fest

With an approved grant and an eye to the future, Long Beach Youth Chorus has a new family-oriented festival in the works, and hopes to make it an annual tradition. This is just the sort of build-it energy we love to see. Looking forward to seeing what LBYC comes up with!

See press release below:

The Long Beach Youth Chorus to Receive a Grant from the Arts Council for Long Beach to Create a Family Arts Festival

Long Beach, CA – The Long Beach Youth Chorus has been approved for an Annual Grant award to create the inaugural Family Community Arts Festival to be held later this year. This funding will create a festival hosting dozens of youth arts organizations in the city and region, to be held at a central Long Beach location to be determined. The Long Beach Youth Chorus is among 32 grantees totaling $145,000 that were selected to receive Annual Grants funding this fiscal year 2022. The Annual Grants program is generously supported through the City of Long Beach’s allocation for the arts, Percent for Arts Program and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Arts Council Executive Director Griselda Suárez said, “As a local arts agency and funder, our grants nurture and enliven the arts throughout the city. We are glad to see a wide variety of expressions and cultural work being funded this year.  I look forward to working with the city to continue building a robust arts and culture grant program as we all work to recover together.”

Arts Council President Sayon Syprasoeuth stated, “We are excited to support these organizations and the artists that have continued to create with the challenges of the pandemic, but also uplift diverse voices in our amazing community.”

Long Beach Youth Chorus Executive Director Stan DeWitt said, “We have finally begun to turn the corner on the challenges our singers and organization has faced the last two years,. We are excited to thank the city and its residents for their support by creating an event, one that we hope to repeat annually, that will showcase the talents and hard work of the young and budding artists in our midst.”

For more information on other projects included in the Arts Council’s grant announcement, visit

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