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Press Release: CLOSING RECEPTION FOR THE CURRENT EXHIBITION AND AN OPEN HOUSE FOR THE UCLA/SPARC CESAR CHAVEZ DIGITAL/MURAL LAB

“Current Public Art Productions of the UCLA/SPARC Cesar Chavez Digital Mural Lab” exhibition closing reception will take place on Sunday, June 28th from 2pm-5pm.

The Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) will hold a closing reception/celebration for its exhibition, “Current Public Art Productions of the UCLA/SPARC Cesar Chavez Digital Mural Lab”. The exhibit features artwork by world-renowned muralist and UCLA Professor Judy Baca and includes monuments to Cesar Chavez and Robert F. Kennedy. Simultaneously, the UCLA/SPARC Cesar Chavez Digital Mural Lab will open its doors during the reception to highlight its current projects and production facilities.

Judy Baca, a national leader in collaborative murals, has been a strong advocate for community inclusion in public art that is culturally relevant. Most recently, she initiated the Save LA Murals campaign (saveLAmurals.org) to bring attention to the deteriorating condition of hundreds of L.A. murals and was one of the few community organizers invited to the White House by the Obama administration to seek advice on national arts priorities.

During the reception, there will also be a special performance by The Lefteous Sisters who wrote a special song for the Save LA Murals campaign.

Details
Location: SPARC
685 Venice Blvd. (one block west of Oakwood)
Venice, CA 90291
Date: Sunday, June 28, 2009
Time: 2pm-5pm

About SPARC:
Founded in 1976 by muralist Judy Baca, filmmaker Donna Deitch and artist Christina Schlesinger. SPARC is dedicated to creating, producing, presenting and preserving public artworks in neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles and ensuring that indigenous voices are heard through a collaborative art making process.

About DML:
Established in 1996 as a partnership/sponsorship between SPARC and UCLA, the Cesar Chavez Digital Mural lab was created as a research, teaching and production facility. Its purpose: to address innovative technological advances in digital mural making and has since become one of the country’s only digital mural lab to feature socially relevant and significant digital public art productions.

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