Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Utility Box Murals Bring Beautiful Art to the Community

This summer, Carlos Callejo, a long time Los Angeles muralist and artist, partnered with Echo Park’s Central City Action Committee and local middle and high school students to design and paint murals on 10 utility boxes located in Echo Park and Chinatown. Carlos and CCAC identified a total of 10 utility boxes spread between Council District 13 and Council District 1.

CD 13 provided CCAC with a small grant to help fund a stipend to the local youth that would be involved in the project. CCAC had a total of seven youth participate on this project, three of which are from CD 13. Five of the newly completed murals are in Echo Park.

Not only are the murals beautiful, they help prevent graffiti by denying taggers a blank surface to work on. The project, completed in early October, also provided summer jobs for the area’s youths.

For more information, please contact Alejandra Marroquin at Alejandra.Marroquin@lacity.org or 323-957-4500.