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VIRAL: SPARKING DIALOGUE AND IMPACTING CHANGE
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VIRAL: SPARKING DIALOGUE AND IMPACTING CHANGE

On April 2016, SPARC partnered with social media community Art Responders and founder/curator, Daryl Elaine Wells, to produce VIRAL: 25 Years from Rodney King. The exhibition marked 25 years since the spread of what is arguably the first “viral” video: the LAPD’s beating of Rodney King, which gave rise to the 1992 L.A. Riots. In…

SPARC’s very own invention – MuralShield: Demo on Baca’s -1984 Olympic Mural “Hitting The Wall”
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SPARC’s very own invention – MuralShield: Demo on Baca’s -1984 Olympic Mural “Hitting The Wall”

SPARC’s MURAL RESCUE PROGRAM has been working to preserve, conserve, and restore murals (both painted and digital) that have been painted or printed on substrates and walls built in the public environment. SPARC’s MuralShield* has advanced the consolidation techniques developed by conservationists to become more compatible with acrylic on concrete murals and refined chemically the…

From South LA to Venice Beach, SPARC is restoring history…
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From South LA to Venice Beach, SPARC is restoring history…

Help SPARC restore all Neighborhood Pride Mural Program murals (1988-2003), representing some of the most iconic murals in Los Angeles. Consider supporting our continued efforts to restore history. The funding SPARC has been awarded from DCA covers 20% of the Neighborhood Pride murals that need restoration. SPARC’s CityWide Mural Program has been in full swing.  An amazing cadre of young, committed…

2016/2017 marks 40 years that these 3 gals had an idea….
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2016/2017 marks 40 years that these 3 gals had an idea….

  Be a spark! Help us celebrate 40 years! We promise to be good stewards of your investment.  Young peoples lives will be changed and impacted, neighborhoods will be illuminated with beauty and truth, and history preserved and not forgotten. Proposed 40th Plans – Kick off in May 2016 through May 2017: Reinstitution of CityWide Mural Program…

Judith Baca, USA Rockefeller Fellow, Visual Arts
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Judith Baca, USA Rockefeller Fellow, Visual Arts

Los Angeles mural artist Judith Baca was named Tuesday as the first muralist to win a grant from United States Artists since the nonprofit group began giving the $50,000 awards in 2006.  Baca was the only Southern California winner this year among 36 United States Artists prize recipients in the nine categories: architecture and design,…

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu visits The Great Wall of Los Angeles
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National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu visits The Great Wall of Los Angeles

Tuesday, September 22, 2015  L-R: SPARC Team: Elaine Raif, Marietta Bernstorff, Judy Baca, Debra J.T. Padilla, NEA Chairman Jane Chu, California Arts Council Director Craig Watson, National Council on the Arts Member Dr. Maria Rosario-Jackson, SPARC Team: Carlos Rogel and Kaelyn Rodriguez. PRESS RELEASE: http://arts.gov/news/2015/national-endowment-arts-chairman-jane-chu-visit-los-angeles-california-september-22%E2%80%9323

Historic AIDS Mural Saved from Destruction
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Historic AIDS Mural Saved from Destruction

“Love is For Everyone” by Mary-Linn Hughes and Reginald Zachary (1991) Twenty four years following its creation, one of the first public murals to address Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is scheduled to be restored, revived, and renewed! “Love is for Everyone” by artists Mary-Linn Hughes and Reggie Zachary, was originally commissioned in 1991 as…

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Judy Accepts the 2015 CSUN Distinguished Alumni Award

On Saturday, April 18th, Judy Baca was presented the 2015 Cal State University, Northridge Distinguished Alumni Award by CSUN President Dianne Harrison.  Click through the slide show above to see highlights from the ceremony. Surrounded by family, colleagues, and friends, Judy reflected about her CSUN educational experience, the role of the arts and the importance of activism….

LA Tropical
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LA Tropical

UCLA@SPARC: today, students in Professor Judy Baca’s Chicana/o Studies course, Beyond the Mexican Mural, are engaging in a mural production at SPARC… entitled, “LA Tropical”, the production offers students insight on how to facilitate collaborative community projects. Based on student research, the mural reflects the lives of ordinary Angelinos in a meaningful visual narrative. Stay…