LOS ANGELES - The City Council unanimously approved an appropriation and established a $750,000 fund to restore and maintain the city’s iconic collection of culturally significant street murals, Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell announced today.
As chair of the City's Arts, Parks, Health, Aging, and Los Angeles River committee, O'Farrell initiated the process and worked with the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) on this policy to protect and preserve historic murals across the city that are in need of repair.
"Los Angeles murals are a critical piece of our identity as a city, and this iconic cultural infrastructure needs attention and preservation just like our roads and sidewalks," said O'Farrell. "I want to thank Council President Herb Wesson and my Council colleagues for their support, and I also want to thank the Department of Cultural Affairs for laying the groundwork that will make this program a success, preserve Los Angeles history, and enhance our neighborhoods."
The Department of Cultural Affairs will administer the mural restoration program, which will include preservation, conservation, and historic restoration of significant murals, especially City-sponsored murals. The program will also help produce new murals to engage communities and create new opportunities for muralists. Finally the program will provide technical assistance, training and workshops for muralists as well as stakeholders.
"Coming on the heels of our new mural ordinance, this significant investment will allow the City to once again protect and nurture Los Angeles' rich and vibrant mural legacy,” said Matthew Rudnick, acting Interim General Manager of DCA.
The first phase of implementation will begin July 1.
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