Cultural Arts recognizes World Art Day on April 15

World Art Day – April 15

World Art Day is an international celebration of the fine arts which was declared by the International Association of Art in order to promote awareness of creative activity worldwide. The date was decided in honor of the birthday of Leonardo da Vinci. Da Vinci was chosen as a symbol of world peace, freedom of expression, tolerance, brotherhood and multiculturalism as well as art’s importance to other fields. In 2022, the City Council made a proclamation recognizing April 15 as World Art Day.

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Photo by Mary Hurlbut

“For the Good of the Hive” completed last month by artist Matt Willey

Originally founded as an artist colony, the City of Laguna Beach is proud to celebrate all who participate in and support the arts. To help reinforce the links between artistic creations and society, encourage awareness of the diversity of artistic expressions and highlight the contributions of artists, the Arts Commission and Cultural Arts Department will display gold ribbons with informational cards on public art sculptures in the Downtown area.

This program is funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach.

Stage on Forest – Andrew Corradini

Friday, April 12, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Stage on Forest – Beth Wood

Saturday, April 13, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Stage on Forest Ava August

Sunday, April 14, 5-7 p.m.

Sunset Serenades

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Courtesy of City of Laguna Beach

The 2024 Sunset Serenades concert season starts the first Friday in May at the Heisler Park Amphitheater

Free Admission, click here for more information.

Friday, May 3, 6:30 p.m. – sunset

The Danny Green Trio (Jazz/Pop)

Friday, May 10, 6:30 p.m. – sunset

The Tailspins (Pop/Contemporary)

Friday May 17, 6:30 p.m. – sunset

Steve Wade (Louisiana Jazz)

Friday, May 24, 6:30 p.m. – sunset

Uncanny Valley (Rock)

Low-back beach chairs are encouraged. Alcohol is permitted for guests 21 or older, but must be accompanied by a full meal. Solicitation of any kind is not permitted at city events.

This program is funded by the lodging establishments and city of Laguna Beach.

2024 Art That’s Small at City Hall

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Courtesy of City of Laguna Beach

Art That’s Small at City Hall Winners (L-R): Jonathan McHugh, David Kizziar, Sarah Ciavarella, Mayor Sue Kempf and Mika Denny

The 22nd Annual Art That’s Small at City Hall exhibition is on display now through April 18. View original artworks from 56 Orange County artists in the first-floor hallway gallery of Laguna Beach City Hall, 505 Forest Ave. Admission is free and the exhibit is open to the public during city business hours.

Congratulations to the following award winners:

Youth Art Advisory Award – Pirate Tower by Susana Cruciana

City Hall Choice Award – Boca Prins by David Kizziar

1st place – Blue Laguna by Sarah Ciavarella

2nd place – Little One by Mika Denny

3rd place – Main Beach Morning by Brian Jones

Honorable Mentions

–Stevens Square by Andrew Cortez

–Tide Pools at Golden Hour by Jonathan McHugh

–Dimentia #1 by Melody Nuñez

Art That’s Small at City Hall is funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach.

2024 Banner Competition Winners

Congratulations to Kate Cleaves, Kimberly Jordan Fleming, John Hanrahan and Suzanne Redfearn for having their banner designs selected for the 2024 Banner Competition. The banners will be hand-painted by each artist and displayed at Main Beach this summer.

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Courtesy of City of Laguna Beach

2024 Banner Winners

This program is funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach.



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