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Conversation About Mural Ordinance @ LAB ART Gallery, 2/4/12

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You've probably heard the phrase "mural ordinance" bandied about lately, and maybe you've wondered what it means (or maybe you're totally well-versed in it; who knows).

Either way, to give you a brief overview: The goal of the proposed mural ordinance is to allow new murals to be created on private property, and to maintain vintage murals that already exist. It came about as an attempt to change current, highly restrictive regulations that all but prevent new art from going up on walls throughout the city. These restrictions began in earnest in 2002, although murals first turned up in official city planning documents in 1986.

The ordinance has now been drafted, and it's currently in a 60-day public comment period that began on January 10 and will end on February 8. Which brings us to our point: if you're interested in getting more information about the mural ordinance, and/or speaking out about it before you are forced to forever hold your peace, head over to LAB ART on La Brea Blvd. this Saturday, February 4, at 7:00 p.m.

The gallery is hosting a Q&A about the mural ordinance with some folks who will likely be highly influential in its final wording -- city planner Tanner Blackman, street artists Jonathan Paul and Lydia Emily Archibald, and gallery owner Daniel Lahoda.

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The event is the first in the gallery's new conversation series. Gallery curator Rachel Joelson says that upcoming events in the series will all have different themes.

"We plan on having conversations every three months or so in our space about issues that are relevant to the street art community as well as the art community," she said in an email, "such as mural conservation, how to collect art, documentary or film screenings with a panel to follow."