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July 2016

CITYWIDE MURAL PROGRAM a SPARC project in partnership with

6 ICONIC MURALS RESTORED IN 2016 Look inside for images of completed murals!

Find out what’s next in 2016-17



SPARC is proud to be a part of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs’s (DCA) new CityWide 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 2015-16 will lead the initiative to restore and preserve 9 murals deemed ‘historically significant’ by the DCA.

ABOUT THE 9 MURALS The selected 9 murals scheduled for restoration in 2015-16 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 and collaborated with countless community based organizations within fifteen different Council Districts across the City of Los Angeles. SPARC worked with minority owned businesses, scholars, and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs to produce images that speak to the multi-ethnic communities that make up the city.

Love is For Everyone (1993) by Mary-Linn Hughes and Reginald Zachary Minority AIDS Project Building 5149 W. Jefferson Blvd.

Text on the mural: I am your co-worker, I am the married couple who live down the street, I am your high school teacher, the woman you sit next to on the bus, the plumber who fixes your sink, the athlete you watch of television, the field worker who harvests your food, I am your brother, your sister, I am a person living with AIDS. (The same text repeats in Spanish.)



To Protect and Serve (1992) by Noni Olabisi 3406 11th Ave, Los Angeles

This history of the Black Panther Party was originally selected as one of SPARC’s Great Wall Unlimited: Neighborhood Pride Murals. However, after opposition and political the conservative City Arts Commission, the mural was turned into an independent project and funded with private donations. The left side focuses on personal and institutional racist violence toward African-Americans. Depicted are images of the Klan and Bobby Seale bound and gaged, as he was during the Chicago 7 Trail of the late 1960s–above him is judge Julius Hoffman who presided in that case. Huey Newton and Angela Davis are also portrayed. The right side of the mural emphasizes the Panthers’ social projects, such as the Free Breakfast Program. From the mural: We want an immediate end to POLICE BRUTALITY and MURDER of Black People! We want land, bread, housing, education, clothing, justice and peace. All power to the people! A special thanks is offered to Hair Expressions and the community for their war and loving support.



Not Somewhere Else, But Here (1993) by Daryl E. Wells National Council of Jewish Women 543 N. Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles

The mural depicts from left to right Betty Friedan (author and activist), Barbara Boxer (senator), Hannnah Senesh (poet and holocaust rescue mission fighter), Dolores Huerta (United Farm Workers President), Lee Krasner (artist), Barbara Jordan (congresswoman ad civil rights worker), Emma Goldman (anarchist and labor rights activist), Lillian Hellman (playwright), Rigoberta Menchu (Guatemalan human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize Winner) and Hannah Solomon (founder, National Council of Jewish Women). Written under the portraits are the words: Community Service, Social Action, Education.



Return to the Light (1993) by Charles Freeman Carlota Park Apartments 227 East Ave 41, Highland Park

The mural depicts to prevalent social ills: the senseless killing of young people and homelessness. The shaman in the center represents a healthy state of wholeness. Cesar Chavez represents vision being focused. The elderly are symbols of rich experience and wisdom. The spirits of Pancho Villa and Zapata are there to signify strength and courage. The mural’s title refers to the role of the spiritual in finding solutions.



Marc Chagall Comes Back to Venice Beach (1991) by Christina Schlesinger Israel Levin Center Venice Boardwalk

The mural employs imagery from the Russian-Jewish painter Marc Chagall superimposed onto the Venice Beachfront. At the far left a rabbi is holding a torah on which is written, in Hebrew, the 5th Commandment, “Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother.” A Chagall bird leaps from the flames and leads the viewer’s eye into the main section of the mural, where various characters and images from Chagall are placed onto the Venice Beach and boardwalk. A rabbi with a small rabbi standing on top of his head, indicates the many generations of teachers in Jewish history. Next to the fiddler on the roof the viewer sees the non-Chagallian character, an angel on roller blades representing contemporary Venice beach. He stands beneath a candelabrum of seven candles, referring to the seven-branched menorah and the extensive use of light in Jewish religion and culture. At the other end of the mural is a poem about overcoming obstacles called “Roots.” It is written by 95-year-old Dora Bayrack.



Literacy (1989) by Roderick Sykes 4830 St Elmo Dr, Los Angeles

The mural depicts three faces, that of an African-American, an Asiana-American and a Latino, meant as a celebration of the ethnic diversity in Los Angeles. It emphasizes the importance of literacy, creativity and the role of the community in education.



Entire mural painted over.


What’s next for the CWMP? Calle de La Eternidad (1993) by Johanna Poethig

finds a new home!

La Ofrenda (1989)

by Yreina D. Cervantez [top] and

Dolores Del Rio (1989) by Alfredo de Batuc [bottom]

are next to be restored! HOW YOU CAN HELP: To become a sponsor of a mural or volunteer to assist on mural restoration, contact SPARC at: (310) 822-9560 EXT 110 or email us at

Invest in SPARC’s efforts to sustain our mural rescue program by donating to:

KEY COMPONENTS COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT and EDUCATION are key components of SPARC’s Mural Rescue Program. Our program rededicates and re-educates by including the original artists and local community members in the restoration process. Our mural sites offer opportunities for community artists and provides training to new generation of mural painters.



SPARC has advanced consolidation techniques developed by conservationists to become more compatible with acrylic on concrete murals and refined chemically the sacrificial coatings used for grafitti removal with hot water. Our procedures meet the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works Standards and Practices.

ART | COMMUNITY | EDUCATION | SOCIAL JUSTICE | SINCE 1976 Creating Sites of Public Memory: The Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) was founded in 1976 by UCLA Professor and artist Judith F. Baca, filmmaker/director Donna Deitch and artist/teacher Christina Schlesinger. Housed in the historic art deco Venice Police Station, SPARC is a cultural center that creates public art as a vehicle to promote civic dialogue, foster cross-cultural understanding and address critical social issues. SPARC’s intent is to provide empowerment to local residents, youth, and communities excluded from civic debate. SPARC’s artworks are never simply individually authored endeavors, but rather a collaboration between artists and local residents, resulting in art which rises from within the community rather than being imposed upon it.


CWMP Update July 2016  
CWMP Update July 2016