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Venice Update

News of Venice, CA and Marina del Rey CA

City has Mural Money

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(Mural by Jonas Never on Whaler restaurant at Venice Beach.)

Note: Information is from Mike Bonin’s Neighborhoods First Newsletter for October.

Last month, the City announced a new Citywide Mural Program that calls for $750,000 to be spent on the restoration and preservation of historic fine-art murals as well as the creation of new ones.

The Department of Cultural Affairs program, which will run through June 2016, follows the city’s 2013 ordinance allowing new murals after a nearly 10-year ban. The new program is meant to generate pride and awareness for these works, some 30 or more years old.

The funds include $400,000 that will go to the Venice-based Social and Public Art Resource Center, or SPARC, and the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles. The two nonprofit groups will conserve 11 damaged murals. The work will include applying an anti-graffiti coating to protect the artwork from vandals.

The new program also provides $300,000 for 15 City Council offices to commission new works or to conserve existing ones. Funds also will go toward documentation and educational outreach. The remaining $50,000 will go toward clerical administration on the mural projects.

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