LONG BEACH – Griselda Suárez, a lecturer of Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies at Cal State Long Beach and executive director of the Arts Council for Long Beach, wants Long Beach to become a bustling city of art advocates.
Suarez, who identifies as a queer Latina, was appointed executive director earlier this year and began her post March 1.
“Not only do I look forward to championing the arts, but I also welcome artists and residents to engage the arts in all parts of their lives so that we can become a city of art advocates,” Suárez said in a statement.
Arts Council President Marco Schindelmann said Suárez’s credentials are a great asset to the nonprofit arts organization.
“Her background as artist, advocate, activist, teacher and leader positions her perfectly to help move us forward towards our future vision in which arts and culture play a vital role throughout our dynamic and innovative city,” he said in the statement.
Suárez is very active in several Long Beach community groups, including Latinos in Action, LB Fresh, Teatro Jornalero, Three Sisters Garden of Orizaba Park, Project Plateful, Ideafest LB and Leadership Long Beach.
Suárez and her wife Amy Eriksen received a prestigious award from the Long Beach Lambda Democratic Club in 2015.