University by the Sea to Transform Downtown Long Beach Again
Classes are back in session at University by the Sea.
After last fall’s A+ report card, the arts, culture and education festival that filled Downtown Long Beach with kinetic energy for a day will make its second appearance on Sunday, Oct. 5.
Again, CSULB will play a major role in the event, with more than a dozen university departments lending their support in a variety of ways.
"As a vital part of University by the Sea, Cal State Long Beach is excited and pleased to showcase so many of our wonderful educational programs in downtown Long Beach,” said CSULB President F. King Alexander. “University by the Sea is a great event with excellent participatory events for people of all ages."
University departments supporting the University by the Sea event include Office of the President, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, University College and Extension Services, Alumni Association, Composer's Guild, Department of Biological Sciences, Theater Arts Department, President's Scholars, President's Ambassadors, Public Relations Student Association, Career Development Center, Film and Electronic Arts Department, Kaleidoscope Academic Day, Illustration Club, Hapkido Club, and the Center for International Trade and Transportation.
Eager for this year’s success, Rachel Potucek, one of U-Sea’s masterminds, reminisced about the festival’s premise.
“We decided to show what we like about Long Beach,” she said, “and it turned out to be an indescribable mix. It worked – it still works – because this city is different, and people crave the authenticity of that.”
Last October, Pine Avenue swarmed with the creative buzz of 5,000 people from more than 70 cities to sip fine wine, learn how to fashion sushi rolls and listen to Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster’s presentation on the Roman Republic, among some 30 other fantastic classes offered.
This year, U-Sea is even bigger, better and more environmentally conscious than ever. With 60 different classes, dozens of world-class bands performing at the Schooled in Song carbon dioxide-eating main stage, and bike valet parking, U-Sea has reached a whole new level of sustainability that will improve the East Village Arts District for years to come.
Kraig Kojian, President and CEO of the Downtown Long Beach Associates, can’t wait for this year’s U-Sea.
“Last year, it was an enormous success,” he said. “This year, University by the Sea is guaranteed to further enrich and improve the creative infrastructure of our thriving downtown. Everyone stands to gain from it – from downtown businesses, to volunteers, to the very artists and patrons participating.”
The challenge for this year’s event is finding enough time to do it all – the House of Hayden-converted wedding chapel, a Backyard Beer Garden, the incredible line-up of musical talent from Schooled in Song II, a cargo container art gallery, a major downtown urban foresting project, and much more.
To learn more about the University by the Sea, visit its Web site.