A Social Community Is a Strong Community

It’s been a few weeks now since our first official Art Clout Social Hour, held at Trademark Brewing on Anaheim Blvd., and if I can speak for my partners; it was a big success.

When we planned the event, I kept my expectations limited, thinking we might have a few people show up, and I’d get to meet some creative people that I hadn’t crossed paths with yet. What happened though was far cooler than that.

First, a bit shout out to Trademark for not only having a fantastic space to hold a meetup, but also being fully accommodating to us, not knowing what to expect as far as attendance. Not only do they pour good beers at Trademark, but they went out of their way to make us feel welcome and comfortable.

As far as the group goes, I believe at our peak, we had about two-dozen individuals come hang out and talk shop. We met people from from different ages, cultures, and artistic concentrations. There were plenty of artists, but also a few art lovers and supporters. We even were able to coax some people from outside of Long Beach to come all the way into town to hang out.

Going into our first Social Hour, we here at Art Clout had a loose view about what the event would mean, and how it would play into what we’re trying to accomplish. The more creative people we meet here in Long Beach, the more easily we can structure this space to be a true hub for the community.

Personally, I’m looking forward to our next meetup (Wednesday, December 11th) so we can grow the network and garner more recognition for visual arts in Long Beach, and I hope I get to meet you there too.

The Social Hour is our attempt at creating a casual environment for visual artists and fans of art to come together to meet one another. Yes, we talk the state of art, but it’s not a prerequisite. In fact, I think it’s important that we show the diversity of our interests so we can tie ourselves together by more than what kind of medium we use, and where was our last showing.

So no matter what your status or experience as an artist, we invite you to come hang out with us, usually over some adult refreshments and good food, and let us get to know you more. Better yet, make sure to bring some artsy friends or art lovers with you. Everyone is welcome.

Our next Art Clout Social Hour will be at Elinor Drinkery on December 11th, 6 to 9pm (21 and over, please). No RSVP needed, but you can check in on our Facebook Event page.

See you there!

Art Clout Social Hour 2 at Elinor Drinkery. Click to see the event page on Facebook.
Art Clout Social Hour 2 is December 11th at Elinor Drinkery.

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