Decades-old murals around the city will soon get a much needed facelift, thanks to the new Citywide Mural Program, which provides $750,000 for both the restoration and creation of gargantuan paintings. Of that figure, $300,000 will be divided between City Councilmembers for work on city-sponsored “fine art” murals and art awareness education (with $50,000 reserved for extra expenses). Some $400,000 will go toward the conservation of 11 significant community murals not sponsored by the city.
Of those 11 murals, the Social and Public Art Resource Center will spruce up nine, which were among the 150 originally produced through SPARC’s Neighborhood Pride mural program between 1988 and 2002.
“The works in the process of being restored are returning the original artists back to the Los Angeles communities where the murals were produced,” SPARC founder and artistic director, Judith F. Baca said in a statement.
“When we made the proposal to the Department of Cultural Affairs in 2013,” Rojas-Williams said, “we sent a list of about 40 or 50 murals that we wanted to restore, most of them with historic value, and these two were chosen by them for restoration.”
One, Moratorium: The Black and White Mural by Willie Herrón III and Gronk, pieces together glimpses of the 1970 Chicano Moratorium, an anti-Vietnam War protest that was brutally suppressed by law enforcement. The second mural, Homenaje a Las Mujeres de Aztla by Judithe Hernandez at the Ramona Gardens Housing Projects in Boyle Heights, is an homage to Mexican women.
Check out some of the murals that will be restored under the new program.