‘Voices of Long Beach’, SoundWalk 2006

Voices of Long Beach‘ installation by Jay McKinnon, part of SoundWalk 2006 in Long Beach’s East Village Arts District.

On March 5th 2006 SaveLBCskyline.org hosted a Town Hall Meeting to address the challenges facing the 2nd District. The webcast event gave voice to over forty candidates, activists, artists, residents and workers.On April 4th 2006, LongBeachPolitics.org published three minute videos of each of the speakers. Videos of the Town Hall Meeting have been downloaded over 13,500 times and constitute one of the most accessible and comprehensive video archives of unmediated local voices in Long Beach.

On October 7th 2006, SoundWalk provided an opportunity to reclaim these voices from cyberspace and to re-introduce them to ‘meatspace’. Ten different TVs each play a full copy of the Town Hall Meeting; a reminder of the diversity, character, genius and creative potential of our community, if only we can focus our attention.