The importance of wellness, culture and art in our communities is nothing new. In L.A. we are lucky to have access to so many places that inspire creativity and encourage health and wellness. As a parent I’ve come to appreciate these spaces even more. Whether it’s having an inspiring space like Kidspace Children’s Museum where my toddler can run around, or a calming place like The Huntington where I can clear my mind, I’m grateful to be in a city with so much to offer families just a freeway away.
The newly opened Compound combines art exhibitions, classes, workshops, performances, dining, yoga and meditation all under one roof, offering L.A. parents a new space to find calm, inspiration and entertainment.
The 15,000 square foot cultural compound in the Zaferia District of Long Beach, offers a “cultural sanctuary” for its community. In one week you can take a Vinyasa yoga class, attend an artist talk on hope and visibility, or participate in a workshop on education, creative process, contemporary social issues and community. They also have plans to bring a weekly farmer’s market, a restaurant and bar.
Currently on view at the Compound is L.A.-based artist Glenn Kaino’s “Tidepools,” a sensory exhibition combing art and science. Also on view is “Radical Empathy,” a group show focusing on the confluence of art and activism. All events and exhibitions are free, and they have classes and workshops geared specifically for youth and families.
VoiceWaves Youth Workshop on Sept. 17 features an introduction to zines, what they are and how to make them. On Sept. 24 join local parents, youth, nutrition experts, farmers and chefs for “Food for Thought with Long Beach Fresh: Mindful Meals for the Youth.” More events are listed on their website.
The Compound is located at 1395 Coronado Ave. in Long Beach. Open 12 – 7 p.m. Thurs. – Sun.