Arts Council for Long Beach Announces New Board President and Executive Committee marking its 45th year.

Written by on September 27, 2021

Arts Council for Long Beach Announces New Board President and Executive Committee marking its 45th Year

On October 4,2021, Sayon Syprasoeuth, Program Manager at United Cambodian Community, will lead the Arts Council for Long Beach (ARTSLB) into its 45th year as the newly elected Board President.  Brian Trimble, Associate Professor of Art Education at CSU Long Beach, is now serving as Past President. Board Member Greg Johnson of DreamKreator Studio, will serve as Vice President/President Elect. Other Executive Committee members include: Randal King, Treasurer; Helene Ansel, Secretary; and Anne Lattime, Member at Large.

“I am excited as the incoming Chair for the Arts Council Long Beach,” Syprasoeuth said. “Living and working in Central Long Beach since my childhood in the mid 1980’s has brought me full circle to make a positive impact personally and professionally through the arts in this city of amazing diversity. I look forward to making art and activating our city with creatives, Mayor Garcia, and all nine council districts.”

“It is wonderful to continue working with Sayon as our Board President,” ARTSLB Executive Director said, “His leadership comes at a crucial time for the arts and culture sector in Long Beach. He is deeply connected to creativity and is dedicated to supporting recovery in any way possible. I would also like to thank Brian Trimble for his leadership over the past 2 years.”

Syprasoeuth was instrumental in the 2020 strategic planning process and looks forward to continuing the grants program for organizations and individuals; uplifting the organization’s recovery initiatives and advocacy; and championing the work of staff and board members.

Biography: With his Master of Fine Art, Sayon Syprasoeuth collages and images are reflective of his own journey as a Cambodian refugee—from his shocking exile from his childhood village on the Cambodian-Thai border, to his scary passage into Thailand countryside and his lost boyhood in a refugee camp where making art was his imagination safeguard—to his passage from his Buddhist-animist land to Christian America. His work holds fast his connection to the Cambodian spirit-enhancing land, cross-cultural dimensions, and his drive to animate Apsara and other essential images of beauty alongside the grotesque.

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