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Mural Ordinance Update and Discussion at Known Gallery 
November 30, 2011  

Known Gallery [441 North Fairfax Ave.] hosted a mural ordinance update and discussion including a presentation from Tanner Blackman [L.A. City Planning] outlining a proposed mural ordinance which will redefine mural policy throughout Los Angeles.

MCLA’s Executive Director, Isabel Rojas-Williams as well as member’s of MCLA’s Board of Directors and muralists, Judithe Hernandez,  Kent Twitchell and Willie Herron III were in attendance and contributed to the dynamic discussion.

Photo courtesy of Arrested Motion/Carlos Gonzalez with SABER MSK AWR and Kent Twitchell.
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Restoration of “Jim Morphesis Monument” Complete 
December 10, 2011

With the help of our numerous supporters, and the cooperation of Caltrans, MCLA is excited to share that the restoration of The Jim Morphesis Monument (part of the 7th Street Altarpiece diptych) by Kent Twitchell, is finally complete. The mural was originally painted as part of the 1984 Olympic celebration and located beneath the N. Grand Ave. overpass of the 101 Freeway. In an unprecedented agreement negotiated by MCLA to protect the mural from further damage, Caltrans has agreed to allow MCLA to organize the graffiti removal and maintenance effort. 

Scott Haskins and his firm, FACL, Inc. carried out the work of graffiti removal/abatement and restoration, working directly with Caltrans District 7 Vandalism Coordinator, Vincent Moreno. Mr. Haskins and FACL, Inc. began graffiti removal on Tuesday Nov. 15, 2011. All graffiti solutions are green products and water retrieval will be done in accordance with environmental protection standards. Muralist Kent Twitchell was on hand to retouch the mural, as needed.

L-R: Virginia Panizzon (FACL, Inc.), muralist Kent Twitchell, Scott Haskins (FACL, Inc.), Isabel Rojas-Williams (MCLA), Vincent Moreno (Caltrans), & Diane Stevenett (FACL, Inc.)] 
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Historic Mural in Estrada Courts To Be Restored 
December 10, 2011 

The MCLA is pleased to announce that Ernesto de la Loza will begin the restoration on his Organic Stimulus mural painted at Estrada Courts in 1975 (located at3240 Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90023.) The preservation effort is possible through a grant to MCLA from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.
Continuing with its mission of preserving the history of Los Angeles, MCLA has agreed with Mr. de la Loza to begin restoration of his mural to protect it from further damage.  Mr. de la Loza has agreed to clean the graffiti and to retouch the mural as needed to bring the mural back to its original glory. The Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles, with Mr. de la Loza’s assistance, has taken the first steps in this restoration process.

Muralist Ernesto de la Loza will begin graffiti removal on January 2nd, 2011. All graffiti solutions are green products and water retrieval will be done in accordance with environmental protection standards.

Ernesto de la Loza speaking in front of his mural of a mountain range emerging from the landscape, which transports the viewers eyes to the infinite imaginary space and into the rich earth tone organic shapes depicted on the mural. MCLA executive director, Isabel Rojas-Williams, is holding a picture of the mural as it appeared originally.
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Murals in the News:

Mural Ordinance Panel Discussion at Known Gallery
December 2, 2011 | Carlos Gonzales

“As murals go up by the dozens all across Miami during Art Basel Week, an important movement in the legalization of murals is taking place in the opposite part of the country, right in the heart of Los Angeles.” 
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What if the City Allowed Ads to Go Up In Parks and the Zoo So LA Could Make Some Money?
December 6, 2011 | Lindsay William Ross

“Yesterday, Brian Currey, a lawyer from the mayor's office, went before the City Council at the Planning and Land Use Committee meeting to urge the adoption of an ordinance to allow those signs to go up, reports the Daily News.” 
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New ordinance would end artistic mural ban in L.A.
December 7, 2011
“A proposed new ordinance would allow artists to create murals legally on private property across Los Angeles as long as the property owners agree.”
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January Artist of the Month: Ismael Cazarez

Ismael Cazarez is a Los Angeles based muralist, painter, and sculptor with deep roots in the Chicano Mural Movement of the 1970’s and 80’s. As he reflected on his beginnings as an artist, Cazarez describes his experiences upon first walking into the Mechicano Arts Center, the historic  Chicano art center founded by organizer, Victor Franco, “I had never seen a Zapata standing there so proud, and Spaniards fighting with Aztecs. It stimulated so much- I cried. We were looking for answers; this was something to me that I connected to immediately.” 
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Click to view more work from Ismael Cazarez