Members of LA’s arts community will stand united in their voice at City Hall next Tuesday

Twelve LA-based arts organizations are standing up to Los Angeles City Hall next Tuesday to “Pass the Mural Ordinance Now!”
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LOS ANGELES - Aug. 15, 2013 - PRLog -- Members of LA’s arts community will stand united in their voice at City Hall next Tuesday
“Pass the Mural Ordinance Now!”

August 15, 2013 - For over 10 years murals have been banned on private property across Los Angeles,
compromising both jobs for artists and LA’s legacy as the mural capital of the world. But, after years of
community meetings and countless visits to City Hall, the ban is expected to come to an end; two versions of
the ordinance are being put forward to the city council, however—one allows murals on single-family homes if
they are approved by community boards, the other prohibits them outright. A source close to the decisionmaking
process says that some version will likely be passed.

Twelve LA-based arts organizations including: Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC), Mural
Conservancy of Los Angeles (MCLA), Venice Arts Council (VAC), Plaza de la Raza, Mobile Mural Lab (MML) Self
Help Graphics & Art (SHG), Art Share LA, United Painters and Public Artists (UPPA), Mictlan Murals, Siqueiros Foundation of the Arts, Conservancy of Urban Art and LA Freewalls all agree, as stated in a letter to all LA City

Councilmember’s (excerpt below):
“For those council districts that want a mural free zone, we believe an overlay zone would be
appropriate. The majority of communities that have supported murals in their districts for decades
should not be penalized for those few districts that oppose murals. Our streets and neighborhoods are
our museums. We owe the next generation an opportunity to contribute to and learn from the rich mural
legacy that once made Los Angeles the Mural Capital of the World. Let’s regain this title by passing an
ordinance that sends a message that the City of Los Angeles is a mural friendly city once again. The
murals as expressions of our communities are worthy of respect by our representatives in the city
council. The mural community has worked hard to help shape a mural policy that we all believe to be fair
and just. When you have the majority of us who have made murals a key aspect of our artistic life, our
voice should not be ignored. Today we give you a unified voice from our respective artistic communities,
PASS THE MURAL ORDINANCE NOW!”
The council vote is scheduled for: Tuesday, August 20, 2013 @ 10:00 AM | JOHN FERRARO COUNCIL
CHAMBER ROOM 340 | CITY HALL 200 NORTH SPRING STREET, LOS ANGELES, CA 90012

Immediate Contacts Regarding this United Statement:
Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) Debra J.T. Padilla, Executive Director debra@sparcmurals.org

Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles (MCLA) Isabel Rojas Williams, Executive Director iwilliams@muralconservancy.org

Venice Arts Council (VAC) Suzanne Thompson, Co-Founder suzannethompson55@gmail.com
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