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January 2, 1997 | JAN BRESLAUER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Two altars, aglow with the light of colorful votives and strewn with flowers and mementos, face each other across a tiny room. The room is one where police used to book prisoners, back when this 1929 Art Deco building housed the Venice jail. These days, however, it is the home of the Social and Public Art Resource Center, also known as SPARC.
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December 1, 1997 | KAREN KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Using photographs of a chef and a bellhop in combination with historical pictures from labor demonstrations, Judith Baca and Patrick Blasa are creating a collage featuring hotel and restaurant workers in Los Angeles. Altogether, Baca and Blasa will spend 2 1/2 months blending the images using computer programs such as Photoshop and Illustrator.
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December 26, 1991 | PATRICIA WARD BIEDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The "unibrow" was the fashion news at the Social and Public Art Resource Center. In case your eyebrows didn't grow together naturally, the ticket-taker Friday night had an eyebrow pencil handy so you could draw in the silhouette of a vulture hovering above your nose. Mexican artist Frida Kahlo had eyebrows like that, as well as a faint but distinct mustache.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 2, 1997 | JAN BRESLAUER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Two altars, aglow with the light of colorful votives and strewn with flowers and mementos, face each other across a tiny room. The room is one where police used to book prisoners, back when this 1929 Art Deco building housed the Venice jail. These days, however, it is the home of the Social and Public Art Resource Center, also known as SPARC.
BUSINESS
December 1, 1997 | KAREN KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Using photographs of a chef and a bellhop in combination with historical pictures from labor demonstrations, Judith Baca and Patrick Blasa are creating a collage featuring hotel and restaurant workers in Los Angeles. Altogether, Baca and Blasa will spend 2 1/2 months blending the images using computer programs such as Photoshop and Illustrator.
BOOKS
February 3, 1991 | Ethel Alexander
Strength, perseverance and resolve are frequently the byproducts of pain, despair and oppression. The murals exhibited through the Los Angeles cityscape and documented in "Signs From the Heart" express the full range. Paralleling the sentiments of el movimiento of the late 1960s, murals began to spring up with full and legitimate force in the Chicano community, acting as barometer, Greek chorus and a collective community voice in response to the shortcomings in American mainstream social-political-economic-educational policy, practices and delivery.
NEWS
May 18, 1989
The Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department has awarded a grant to the Social and Public Art Resource Center for artist honorariums and for administration of a mural restoration program. Artists will receive $500 from the Emergency Relief Fund for Mural Restoration. Recipients are Wallace Cronk, Larry Gruda, Arthur Mortimer, Frank Romero, Ann Thierman, Richard Wyatt, Emily Cordova and Henry Brown III.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 15, 1989
Judy Baca, assistant professor of studio art at UC Irvine, has been elected to the board of trustees of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles. A muralist and arts activist, Baca co-founded the Social and Public Art Resource Center in the Venice area of Los Angeles. She is artistic director for the center. MOCA announced that its six new trustees were chosen "to reflect the changing Los Angeles multi-cultural, multi-ethnic community."
ENTERTAINMENT
July 28, 1993
The Social and Public Art Resource Center is accepting applications for the 1993-94 "Great Walls Unlimited: Neighborhood Pride" murals program. Several artists are selected each year in the annual open competition. Mural commissions of $10,000 plus materials will be granted to experienced muralists; first-time and less-experienced muralists will receive $5,000 plus materials. Workshops to help applicants will be held Saturday and Aug. 11. The deadline to submit applications is Sept. 3.
NEWS
March 12, 1992
The Social and Public Art Resource Center has announced the winners of its muralist competition for 1991-1992. Each will create a large-scale public artwork in Los Angeles. Chosen from more than 100 applicants, the eight winners are: Jill Ansell, Barbara Benish, Eva Cockcroft, Earth Crew, East Los Streetscapers, Bernard Heloua, Noni Olabisi, Xiao Hui-Xiang and George Yepes. The artists work with neighborhood youths hired by the center from the communities where the murals are painted.
NEWS
December 26, 1991 | PATRICIA WARD BIEDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The "unibrow" was the fashion news at the Social and Public Art Resource Center. In case your eyebrows didn't grow together naturally, the ticket-taker Friday night had an eyebrow pencil handy so you could draw in the silhouette of a vulture hovering above your nose. Mexican artist Frida Kahlo had eyebrows like that, as well as a faint but distinct mustache.
BOOKS
February 3, 1991 | Ethel Alexander
Strength, perseverance and resolve are frequently the byproducts of pain, despair and oppression. The murals exhibited through the Los Angeles cityscape and documented in "Signs From the Heart" express the full range. Paralleling the sentiments of el movimiento of the late 1960s, murals began to spring up with full and legitimate force in the Chicano community, acting as barometer, Greek chorus and a collective community voice in response to the shortcomings in American mainstream social-political-economic-educational policy, practices and delivery.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 7, 1996
The Social and Public Art Resource Center will offer a guided bus tour of La Virgen de Guadalupe murals on Sunday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The tour will visit murals and altars in Pico-Union, East L.A. and South-Central Los Angeles and will include a special anniversary procession in her honor. Tickets are $25, or $20 for center members. For tour registration or other information, call (310) 822-9560.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 1996
The Social and Public Art Resource Center is sponsoring the first of a series of studio workshops Saturday on designing a Korean-style garden in Ardmore Park. The garden will surround a cultural monument: a large sculpture of four folding screens, which will be built as part of the "Cultural Explainers: Portals, Bridges and Gateways," a project of the arts organization.
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