POW! WOW! Long Beach is week-long, city-wide event that takes place in the summer throughout Long Beach and is part of the globally recognized POW! WOW! Worldwide series of street art events, which since 2010 has brought murals to public spaces in cities like Honolulu, Seoul, Washington DC, Taipei and Tokyo. The core of our mission is to bring art and culture to public spaces while beautifying the city of Long Beach and cultivating community pride. In the past 3 years, Pow! Wow! Long Beach has executed murals in over 40 square miles throughout the city, from South Street to Ocean Boulevard, creating a walkable, bikeable public art experience unlike anything else in the country.
The name POW! WOW! was inspired from the color filled pages of comic books. “POW!” being the impact that art has on a person; a punch in the face, something that surprised you. “WOW!” being the reaction that art has on a viewer. Together they form POW! WOW!, - a term which describes a gathering that celebrates culture, music and art. This event represents the core mission of POW! WOW!, to beautify, educate and bring people together through the power of art.