Los Angeles City Councilman David Ryu, 4th District, plans to beautify a stretch of Western Avenue between Melrose Avenue and Third Street with murals.
The councilman is working with the arts nonprofit Beautify Earth on the project, which is part of the Great Streets initiative. Mayor Eric Garcetti announced previously that the Great Streets program allows residents and stakeholders to partner with the city to improve aesthetics along commercial corridors. Great Streets is planning to make grants available for projects that make streets more pedestrian-friendly.
The mural projects on Western Avenue are funded by Ryu’s office, which will commission artists to work with property owners on the design of each mural.
“Beautifying Western Avenue with murals will make it a more vibrant commercial street where community members live, work and play,” Ryu said. “Murals will add new life to blighted walls, attract new businesses and will instill renewed community pride along this major corridor. Additionally, these new murals will continue the important tradition of public art throughout our city of angels.”
Artists are being sought for the projects, and information will be available at community meetings on May 9 and May 11. People interested in learning more about the projects are encouraged to attend the Wilshire Center Koreatown Neighborhood Council meeting on May 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Pio Pico Library, 694 Oxford Ave., and the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council meeting on May 11 at 7 p.m. at the Ebell of Los Angeles, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd.
Plans for the mural designs are still being worked out. Potential locations include commercial buildings at 641 N. Western Ave., 646 N. Western Ave., 225 N. Western Ave., 165 N. Western Ave. and 4996 Melrose Ave.
“The murals program on Western Avenue is a great example of Great Streets in action,” said Carl Marziali, press secretary for Garcetti. “We appreciate the partnership with Councilmember David Ryu and Beautify Earth that is bringing color to one of Koreatown’s most important thoroughfares as part of a long-term beautification and safety improvement plan. As Mayor Garcetti said when he launched the Great Streets program in 2013, a great neighborhood needs the backbone of a great street.”
For information on the mural project, call Ryu’s office at (213)473-7004.
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