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MCLA Completes Restoration of Art Mortimer’s
“Fairfax Community Mural” 
February 28-29, 2012

Art Mortimer has dozens of murals in greater L.A., many of which have become assets to the visual landscape of Los Angeles' mural history. It is with these great contributions in mind that MCLA is grateful that with Art Mortimer's advice we were able to protect his much beloved "Fairfax Community Mural" (located by Canter's Deli, 419 North Fairfax Avenue) with a Conservation Treatment. This 7-paneled mural depicts the history of the Jewish community in the Los Angeles area. It was created in part by local Jewish and non-Jewish students and senior citizens. With his know-how and interest in our organization, we have been able to help restore his mural back to it's original glory to be enjoyed for generations to come. Thank you Art Mortimer! Conservation treatment supervised by Mural Graffiti Abatement Technician W. F. Herrón III.

(Image shown above © Ian Robertson, 2012)

Opening Night for “Chicanos in the 1980s Transforming Public Art” at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes

March 9, 2012 
MCLA, LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, and SPARC are proud to celebrate Chicano muralists with “Transforming Public Art: Chicanos in the 80s” exhibition. MCLA and SPARC created a Chicano Visual Mural Tours dedicated to the muralists that wrote art history and paved the way for future generations. Experience the great murals these iconic muralists created in the 1980s at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes's current exhibition: Transforming Public Art - Chicanos in the 80's, March 9 - April 16, 501 North Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. This is a FREE event.

(Image © Ian Robertson, 2012 )

Rededication of Ernesto de la Loza’s “Organic Stimulus” in the Estrada Courts

March 11th 2012
We at MCLA are humbled and honored by the generous outpour of love and support for muralist Ernesto de la Loza and his just restored "Organic Stimulus", a mural created in 1975 in the heart of Estrada Courts, the birth of the Chicano Mural Art Movement. On a beautiful Sunday morning, communities gathered around “Organic Stimulus” to rededicate and celebrate the recently restored historic mural. Guest speakers included Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar (District 14), Isabel Rojas-Williams (MCLA Executive Director), Bill Lasarow (MCLA President), Sandra de la Loza (Muralist), and Ernesto de la Loza (Muralist). MCLA provided a free art workshop offered by the Mobile Mural Lab.

(Image © Gil Ortiz, 2012)
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Restoration of Outer Space by Richard Haro Begins
March 20, 2012 

Originally painted in 1977, restoration on Richard Haro's "Outer Space" mural at the Estrada Courts in Boyle Heights began on March 20th, 2012. This is the second mural been restored at the historical site of the 1970s Chicano Mural Art Movement. More pictures to come of the upcoming progress!
(Image © Erté deGarce, 2012)
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MCLA Hosts Students from the  Oakland School for the Artsin a DTLA Mural Tour
April 1, 2012

MCLA hosted a class of 20 art students, teachers, and parents from the Oakland School for the Arts (OSA) on a mural tour of the Downtown LA Arts District on Sunday 4/1/12. As part of the tour, the group stopped at the foot of How & Nosm’s mural “Heartship”, where special guest speaker, Daniel Lahoda, founder of the L.A. Free Walls Project and LALA Gallery, joined them.  The tour then continued throughout the Los Angeles Arts District.  MCLA also arranged for the students to attend La Plaza de Cultura y Artes' "Transforming Public Art: Chicanos in the 1980s," at Plaza Olvera, the event for which MCLA has created a Chicano Visual Mural Tour dedicated to the muralists that wrote art history and paved the way for future generations. MCLA was proud to host Oakland School for the Arts (OSA), a California Distinguished School and the dream-child of Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown!

(Image © Isabel Rojas-Williams, 2011)
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Murals in the News: 

Artists return to restore the faded glory...
The EastSiderLA | Monday, March 12, 2012

Echo Park 'Quinceañera' Mural To Be Saved
KCET Departures | Ed Fuentes| March 12, 2012 

French Artist Adds New Wrinkle to Los Angeles
KCET Departures | Ed Fuentes | March 15, 2012 

Plans to build new school raise concerns...
EastSider LA | Erik Luna| Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Convoluted Path to Ending Los Angeles's Mural Ban
The Atlantic Cities | Nate Berg | March 22nd 2012

April Artist of the Month: Adam "Codak" Smith

Adam ‘Codak’ Smith is a graffiti style muralist based in Los Angeles. Originally from Portland, Oregon, Codak developed his unique style from painting in various cities on the West Coast and the Mid-West. His mixed media work explores the relationships of color, line, and space in the urban environment. He has exhibited his work on walls and in galleries all over the world, including Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, Montreal, London, and Slovakia. Codak is also an accomplished graphic designer with clients such as NOKIA, Pepsi Street Motion, and DUB Magazine.

Read his entire interview here
Pictured above: "Codak Meets Ekundayo", 2012