The Long Beach Airport, in partnership with the Arts Council for Long Beach, put out a call Tuesday for submissions from local women artists for a pandemic-themed art exhibit.

Submissions “should reflect uplifting and hopeful messages related to the pandemic,” according to a statement released by the city.

Selected art pieces will be printed and installed on large construction barricades in highly trafficked, publicly accessible areas of the airport for a minimum of six months.

Nearly 20 pieces will be chosen for display, and artists — who must upload digital files to the ACLB website by Nov. 14 — will receive a $500 honorarium for each piece selected by the panel.

“The pandemic has hit the aviation industry very hard,” said Airport Director Cynthia Guidry. “We are excited to support our local arts community and to display artwork that is timely and relevant for our travelers and the general public.”

The focus on artists who are women is part of ACLBs National Endowment for the Arts grant commemorating the centennial anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote.

Funding for the project comes from the city’s Percent for the Arts Program, which sets aside 1% of capital construction projects for the arts, in coordination with ACLB’s Keep Arts Working program, which recognizes COVID-19’s impact on the arts community, city officials said.

“A partnership with Long Beach Airport during a pandemic and a national struggle for racial justice means so much,” said Griselda Suarez, executive director of the Arts Council for Long Beach. “Long Beach Airport is making room for artists who identify as women to express themselves. We are grateful for this opportunity for visual art to be a vehicle to illuminate our lives and also alleviate our stress.”

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