“We never imagined when we started conceptually six years ago that we would be opening in the midst of a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic and facing unpredictable and insurmountable challenges,” the founder recently announced. of Compound, Megan Tagliaferri, on the organization’s website. “The work was deeply meaningful to us, and we hope for the people we served.”
The 15,000 square foot space in the Zaferia district, which at the time served as a hybrid art gallery, holistic healing center, retail space and restaurant, opened in July from last year with the goal of creating an inclusive place where community members could heal, grow and feel a sense of belonging.
Inside, the art center featured multiple art exhibits, highlighting innovative and thought-provoking artists from Long Beach and beyond. In its day, Compound often offered creators a unique opportunity to create immersive art installations that took months to prepare, such as artist Glenn Kaino’s popular exhibition, “Tidepools.” Outside, the center featured an open courtyard and sculpture garden that hosted community-led wellness events such as yoga classes, farmers markets and creative workshops.
It’s unclear exactly what led to the decision to shut down Compound, but according to the Los Angeles Times, the nonprofit was facing financial challenges in 2021 brought on by the pandemic. As a result, the organization was forced to downsize, laying off several staff at the end of last year.
“Our mission has always been to positively impact our community, particularly the arts and culture space, by providing accessible experiences with arts and wellness programs,” Tagliaferri said in an online statement. Wednesday. “Know that while this is the end of Compound, it is not the end of our efforts to effect change by believing and investing in new models for a better future for all.”
A Compound spokesperson was not immediately available to discuss the association’s closure.
Arts and culture journalist Cheantay Jensen contributed to this report.
Inside the ethereal dreamscape of the immersive art exhibition, “Tidepools”