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    LB Dept. of Parks, Rec & Marine To Sponsor "Top 14 Women Graffiti Artists" of So. Cal In "Mural Collaboration and Gallery Exhibit," Calls It "Art of a New Generation"; Read the Press Release


    (December 26, 2002) -- A LB City Hall department has announced plans to sponsor a "mural collaboration and exhibit" featuring "the top 14 women graffiti artists of Southern California."

    In a press release (posted verbatim below), LB's Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine invites the public to "experience the art of a new generation" in a "mural collaboration and gallery exhibit at the Urban Gallery of the Homeland Cultural Center" in LB's MacArthur Park (Anaheim St. near Orange Ave.)

    The city release on the "Wonder Women -- The Girls of Graf" event says that on January 11 "all day painting will begin at 10 a.m. and will be followed by a reception at 7 p.m. The artists will return on January 19 to participate in a panel discussion on the art of the new generation."

    It says the "Homeland [Cultural Center] brings non-traditional art forms such as graffiti into the cultural mainstream by encouraging legitimate expression, appropriate applications and respectful content."

    LBReport.com posts the press release verbatim, below:

    Date: December 23, 2002
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    "Creating Community Through People, Parks, Programs and Partnerships"

    "Wonder Women - The Girls of Graf" Exhibit

    Event Dates: January 11 & January 19
    Experience the art of a new generation. A mural collaboration and gallery exhibit will be held January 11, 2003 beginning at 10 a.m. at the Urban Gallery of the Homeland Cultural Center in MacArthur Park, 1321 East Anaheim Boulevard.

    Homeland brings non-traditional art forms such as graffiti into the cultural mainstream by encouraging legitimate expression, appropriate applications and respectful content.

    Sponsored by Long Beach Parks, Recreation & Marine, the mural collaboration and exhibit will feature the top 14 women graffiti artists of Southern California. The all day painting will begin at 10 a.m. and will be followed by a reception at 7 p.m.

    The artists will return on January 19 to participate in a panel discussion on the art of the new generation. The panel discussion will be open to the public from 5 to 8 p.m.

    For more information on the mural collaboration, call (562) 570-1740. For information on other Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine programs, call (562) 570-3100, or visit www.lbparks.org .

    Comment is pending as we post.

    City Hall's web site uses the term "graffiti vandals" in describing the city's graffiti removal program. The Neighborhood Services Bureau's web page states:

    The City of Long Beach has a well-earned national reputation for its innovative and effective programs for controlling the modern blight of graffiti. These include a Free Paint Program for property owners choosing to remove the graffiti themselves; a Graffiti Removal Program which utilizes a professional Paint Contractor to insure perfect paint match when necessary; the use of misdemeanor offenders performing community service by removing graffiti from major city corridors; a Graffiti Prevention Landscape Program employing a landscape contractor to recommend and provide graffiti-deterrent vines and shrubs for walls and fences attractive to graffiti vandals; and a Graffiti Hotline for citizens to report "graffiti sightings" or request free paint.

    It notes LB has a free paint program "to be used specifically for removing graffiti from the exterior of buildings." City Hall maintains an ambitious Graffiti Removal Program, city operated, "to remove graffiti from private property as quickly as possible in order to improve neighborhoods and discourage further graffiti. The program is offered citywide at no cost to property owners or tenants." (After getting the property owner's consent, City Hall dispatches a licensed painting contractor or volunteers to remove the graffiti within about two weeks.)

    City Hall's web site adds, "The City encourages private citizens individually or collectively to remove graffiti from private property. Such efforts expedite removal of graffiti and can significantly reduce the expenditure of public funds."

    In addition, City Hall maintains a "graffiti prevention landscape program" offering commercial and residential property owners up to $1,000 "for plants, materials, and/or concrete removal to install landscaping to prevent instances of graffiti vandalism."


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