Please note that public events at SPARC are postponed until further notice in alignment with nation-wide responses to coronavirus (COVID-19). Our headquarters in Venice, CA will be open by appointment only.

“End Police Violence” banner by SPARC, seen at Downtown LA protests on June 6, 2020

A message from SPARC’S Artistic Director

 
Dear Friends and Supporters,

SPARC IS LISTENING AND WITH OUR BODIES AND SPIRIT IS DEMANDING JUSTICE

SPARC for its 45 years has been steadfastly responsive to the moments we have lived by making space for artists deeply involved in social justice art to be heard. The events of the last days protesting the murder George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and countless other brown bodies in over 400 years of systemic racism in our justice system, cultural institutions and academic places of learning have brought us to a breaking point.

People CANNOT BREATHE any longer across the nation and world and have reached a turning point in our country. In los Angeles alone in the last 7 years 601 deaths have occurred at the hands of LAPD who continue to receive the lion’s share of our city budget. For 45 years, SPARC has worked in the communities who have suffered these losses many among our own mural crews, families, children and students. At the core of these marches are young people calling for and demanding to have their voices heard.

Virtual Exhibition: SPARC Ahora

We’ll Bring The Streets To You

In the time of coronavirus, SPARC will be featuring legacy murals in Los Angeles that illuminate local histories or address critical social issues that are becoming even more poignant right now. In this virtual tour series, technology makes Los Angeles murals and works of art accessible to a wider community.

14 Black Muralists in LA You Need To Know

Today, in cities across the United States, we are seeing powerful movements for racial justice and demands for an end to the long and painful history of police brutality against black, brown and indigenous communities. We are taking a moment to honor the artistic legacies of 14 revolutionary black muralists in Los Angeles who have worked for the past 30 years to amplify the voices of black communities in a collective call for justice, dignity, and transformation.