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Here is what we have been up to...

Ernesto de la Loza begins restoration on Historic Mural in Estrada Courts (Boyle Heights) 
January 2 2012

We are pleased to announce that Ernesto de la Loza has begun the restoration on his Organic Stimulus mural painted at Estrada Courts in 1975 (located at 3240 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.
Ernesto de la Loza cleaning up after painting (pictured above)

Los Angeles City Planning Code Studies Workshop/Hearing 
January 10, 2012 
As Los Angeles moves forward to a world free of “mural moratorium,” the Los Angeles City Planning -Code Studies Workshop/Hearing by Tanner Blackman on Tuesday 1/10/12 brought together most of the people who have actively worked with Blackman on writing the mural ordinance draft. MCLA is proud to have sponsored the first five “Mural Ordinance Updates” to inform muralists and mural advocates about the issues related to the mural ordinance and to help City Planning to seek input from the communities throughout greater L.A. to write the mural draft. Los Angeles, united, can potentially regain its title as the Mural Capital of the World.

We congratulate all the great speakers and attendants that made clear to the City that the permit fees should be reconsidered and that the muralists are ready for a new beginning for all. In its role as public art advocate, we are committed to preserving the artistic heritage of Los Angeles as one of the mural capitals of the world.


Mural Ordinance Update at Cal Sate LA
January 31 

Organized in part by the Executive Director of the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles, Isabel Rojas-Williams, a dynamic presentation and panel discussion focused on the Mural Ordinance was held on the CSULA campus. Panelists included Dr. Andrew Lyndon Knighton (CSULA's American Communities Program), Dr. Manuel Aguilar-Moreno (CSULA), Isabel Rojas-Williams (MCLA's E.D.), Tanner Blackman (L.A. City Planning), Frank Romero (muralist), Ismael Cazarez (muralist), Art Mortimer (muralist), Adam "Codak" Smith (Graffiti artist), and Dr. David Diaz (CSULA).


Murals in the News: 

Occupy L.A.'s Octopus Mural Declared an 'Artifact,' Auctioned...
LA Weekly | January 6, 2012 | Simone Wilson

Muralists, Street Artists Chime in on City's Proposed Mural Ordinance
KCET Departures | January 12, 2012 | Ed Fuentes

Remembering the Chicano arts collectives of Highland Park
Los Angeles Times | January 14, 2012 | Esmeralda Bermudez

JR's Wrinkles Of The City, Los Angeles (VIDEO)
Huffington Post | January 18, 2012

Artists Create Murals in Police Station "Soft Rooms"
NBC Los Angeles | Jan 19, 2010 | Lolita Lopez

Lost And Ruined Mural Reborn
La Bloga | January 25, 2012 | Michael Sedano

February Artist of the Month: Ernesto de la Loza

When asked about his message, Ernesto explains, “I consider these [murals] people's art. One of the greatest tools to give a voice to the people is Muralism and public art since the fifteenth century to modern times.”

Read his entire intereview here
Pictured above: “Resurrection of the Green Planet”, 1991