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A Second Life For LA's Murals

City Hall announced a new program to lift the mural ban and preserve existing murals in the city.

Los Angeles has long been considered the mural capital of the world, but for the past 10 years there has been a legal ban on creating new murals in the city.

That changed on Tuesday morning when the Department of Cultural Affairs announced the Citywide Mural Program that lifts the ban on the creation of new murals and also allows for the restoration and preservation of existing fine art murals like those by the artists Gronk and Kent Twtichell

“Los Angeles has a rich collection of murals that explore our stories and leave a recorded history," Mayor Eric Garcetti said. “Murals are one of our most vibrant forms of public art, and this sizable investment will help us to both conserve many of our city's fading murals and create new ones for Angelenos to enjoy."

The city has allocated $750,000 in the budget specifically for the Citywide Mural Program. Half of the funds will be allocated to support each of the 15 City Council offices in commissioning new murals and the other half of the funds will be allocated to non-profits that will restore 11 existing murals in the city.

The Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles (MCLA) and the Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) were the non-profits chosen to help preserve the culturally important murals in Los Angeles.  The program is slated to run from September through June 2016.

"I think this is going to be very impactful for our city because Los Angeles defines itself as the mural capital of the world," said Isabel Rojas-Williams of MCLA. "If we don't preserve our iconic murals from the past, it would be very difficult for the youth and coming generations to understand the history of the city."

Listen to ARN's Newscast of the story here.

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