The Arts Council for Long Beach (ArtsLB) has designated 35 non-profit organizations through Los Angeles and Orange County to participate in the California Creative Corps program and collaborate with a corresponding artist for 1 year. The goal is to create a work of art that involves the organizations’ local communities and addresses one or more of the following topics: public health awareness; stopping the spread of COVID-19; water and energy conservation education; climate mitigation; emergency preparedness, relief and recovery; civic engagement, including voter education and outreach; and social justice.
ArtsLB has paired Grand Vision Foundation with Shawn Christopher Lovell Nabors (he/they) for the California Creative Corps program. Shawn is an actor, writer and musician from Brooklyn, NY who currently lives and works in Los Angeles. He writes stories for both stage and screen that position diverse black and queer narratives in the forefront of mainstream media and global consciousness. His writing has been featured in readings and developmental workshops at institutions including The Atlantic Theatre Company, The NAP New Playwriting Series and his alma mater, Harvard University’s alumni association HarvardWood. Nabors was last seen as Moses in the play Pass Over at the Studio Theatre in DC where he received rave reviews in publications such as the Washington Post, and his newest album, ASCENSION, is currently available on all digital streaming platforms.
Shawn will be able to develop his play The People With The Trees In Their Chest with Grand Vision’s support, which will have its world premiere in 2024 at the Grand Annex Music Hall, along with a public reading before it is fully staged. Stay tuned for more information about Shawn’s and Grand Vision’s collaborative progress in the California Creative Corps program as it develops.