BENEFITING: SOCIAL AND PUBLIC ART RESOURCE CENTER
SPARC is proud to be a part of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) new City Wide Mural Program. Inspired by the legacy of Los Angeles’ murals and the passing of a new city-wide mural ordinance in 2013, funding was designated by the city of Los Angeles for new mural production and the restoration of city-sponsored fine art murals. SPARC’s Mural Rescue Program will lead the initiative to restore and preserve 9 murals deemed ‘historically significant’ by the DCA.
Scheduled for restoration in 2015, the 9 murals were originally produced through SPARC’s Neighborhood Pride mural program. During its span from 1988-2002, the Neighborhood Pride program produced 105 murals in almost every ethnic community of Los Angeles and employed over 95 different established and emerging muralists from Los Angeles and around the country. The program trained hundreds of youth apprentices, collaborated with countless community based organizations, worked closely with the fifteen different Council Districts that make-up the city of Los Angeles, worked with minority owned businesses, scholars, and The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs all to produce images that speak to the multi-ethnic communities that make up the city.
The Citywide Mural Rescue Program continues to ask for your support as we move forward in our efforts to sustain these large scale public art works, many of which have been defaced and remain in dire need of restoration. With your contribution, we will revitalize the ethnic face of Los Angeles’ streets with the permanent colors and experiences of its inhabitants and create awareness for critical social issues at the forefront of public discourse.