A creative writer and lecturer at California State University, Long Beach, has been chosen as the next executive director for the Arts Council for Long Beach.
Griselda Suarez was ratified Monday by the Arts Council board to take over for Victoria Bryan, who had announced in October she was leaving after 18 months as the council’s executive director.
Suarez is a lecturer of Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies at CSULB. She also teaches literature, art history, cultural studies and writing. She is involved in the community with Leadership Long Beach and Latinos in Action, among other groups, and has been a business owner with Peppered Up Foods and Sliced and Diced Eatery.
“It is an honor to be chosen as the new executive director of the Arts Council for Long Beach,” Suárez said in a press release. “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.”
Suarez takes the position on March 1. It is an exciting time for the Arts Council according to board president Marco Schindlemann — the City Council voted earlier this year to study the impact of a 1% for the Arts development fee or other funding sources to increase government support of the arts.
Bryan will stay on through a transition period, and has said she will remain involved with the organization as a volunteer. She is a part-time faculty member at CSULB.