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3rd Ave Transforms Overnight from Homeless Haven to Graffiti Galore Glory


Oh my goodness!!!  What happened to 3rd Ave?

The 3rd Ave that has been described in the Update many times as being filled with homeless was completely transformed into a hotbed of total fun and gaiety as on lookers watched young men intently address a piece of canvas on a fence with cans of spray paint.

Yes, it was the grand opening of the Graffiti Art Wall on 3rd. And many came to see the transformation.The street was closed to traffic and there were booths, music, a catering truck, and two art walls one on the east and one on the west side of 3rd Ave.

Bruno Hernandez of STP (Setting the Pace) Foundation with an assist from Google and the Venice Chamber of Commerce’s Chamber In Action committee are responsible for this new addition to Venice.

This art wall will be open every day from 10 am to 5 pm.  The art wall at the Venice Beach is open only Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm.  Hernandez runs both.<

The west side wall was divided up in sections for the graffiti people who graffiti with the 80’s style closer to Sunset Ave, followed by the 90’s stylers, and on it went down three quarters of 3rd. These were not young people.One has to be 18 years old or accompanied by an adult because of the aerosol cans. The east wall was for new comers and each space was reserved.


Bruno Hernandez and David Busch

Hernandez does not cast a big shadow but when he talks you know he is sincere, caring, and knowledgeable. His web site mission statement is “To Serve The Public by advocating the improvement of communities through the alternative of inspirational arts.”

When it was mentioned that people were concerned about graffiti creeping into their neighborhoods and about gang members.He said “Call me if either happens.We will take care of it.”

His foundation mentors and educates both youth and adults of all ages. The primary programs are focused on youth development, graffiti abatement, gang intervention, and community engagement projects.


(Photo courtesy of Rick Swinger)

The homeless have not been moved out. Some stayed to watch, some moved on for the day. They are free to come back after the party or join in the party.David Busch was concerned about the homeless transitioning to other neighborhoods

They are not suppose to be laying around on the sidewalk after 6 am anyway. “No person shall sit, lie or sleep in or upon any street, sidewalk or other public way,” except between 9 pm and 6 am according to LAMC 41.18(d) and Jones settlement.


Comments (3)

  1. Will

    Bravo I don’t know why you keep bringing the VNC and the homeless committee.into this. Neither had anything to do with the event. And you’ve got a lot of nerve attacking Jules Muck considering all the work that she’s done for free in this community. Jules does more in one day than you’ve ever done in a year.

  2. Rick Swinger

    Mike Bravo If Google and Public Storage make millions on 3rd St,then this is an obviously top prime location for events like STP and others that will come. The more events the less dumping will occur on 3rd from Public Storage and other polluters. It does not make a good campsite for the homeless I would have to agree. As for Jules Muck…. Venice Loves You!

  3. Mike Bravo

    If VNC homeless committee and the Venice Chamber really wanted to be sincere they would facilitate space for STP Foundation in more prime locations. 90% of Jules Muck’s gentrifier art spaces are a good start.

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