Public Paint Mural for Manhattan Beach Art Center Planned This Spring – Daily Breeze


A leadership development group in Manhattan Beach wants to add a focal point to the exterior of an art gallery in the city.

Leadership Manhattan Beach’s Class of 2022 plans to host a Community Building Day this spring where people would paint a mural on a wall outside of the Manhattan Beach Art Center.

Leadership Manhattan Beach is a non-profit organization that hosts nine-month programs each year. During the annual program, develop a project that will benefit the community.

  • Leadership Manhattan Beach Class of 2022 plans to donate a community-painted mural to the MB Art Center this spring. The mural would be placed on the south-facing parking lot wall on 11th Street in the arts center. (From the city of Manhattan Beach)

  • Leadership Manhattan Beach Class of 2022 plans to donate a community-painted mural to the MB Art Center this spring. This mockup shows an example of a mural that Redondo Beach-based artist Nichole Blackburn would design for community members to paint. (From the city of Manhattan Beach)

The Community Paint-A-Thon is scheduled for April 30th or May 7th.

One of two South Bay professional artists, Nichole Blackburn or Josh Barnes, will design a paint-by-numbers-style mural, and members of the community will paint it on the south-facing parking lot wall on 11th Street at the MB Art Center.

The city council gave the mural project its first approval last week.

The Cultural Arts Commission will review the proposal on February 7, and the council will make a final decision on March 1.

In its 2020 parks master plan, Manhattan Beach mentioned the need to create a sense of community, said class co-chair Betsy Rubino at the city council’s most recent meeting.

The aim of the public art project is to develop community spirit and encourage inclusion, collaboration, creativity and spiritual well-being while increasing the visibility of the arts center, according to a presentation by LMB.

“People who have lived in Manhattan Beach all their lives are often surprised that we have an arts center; A lot of these[people]haven’t even been there,” Rita Crabtree Kampe, Rubino’s vice chair, said at the meeting. “A mural in this location would be a great landmark.”

The city’s Cultural Arts Commission had previously identified the site as a good spot for murals, Crabtree Kampe said.

The 3- to 5-foot wall is the perfect height for everyone to participate, she added. The selected artist puts the finishing touches on the public artwork.

Leadership Manhattan Beach is paid for the project through fundraising and donations; the costs have not yet been determined. However, the city could cover ongoing maintenance costs through its public art fund.

Once the council has approved the final design, LMB can send residents postcards with pictures of both potential murals and let them vote on which design they want by which artist.

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