The world famous Venice Beach Boardwalk is Southern California’s number one visitor attraction and home to hundreds of street vendors, performers, and artists. Playing a large role in that attraction is Venice Art Walls, a nonprofit which enables graffiti artists to express themselves legally through a program by In Creative Unity (ICU) Art. The organization was facing closure due to a lack of funding and the ongoing state budget crisis, but thanks to the help of CANLOVE and Setting the Pace Foundation (STP), Venice Art Walls will continue to provide unique public art to the visitors of the Boardwalk:
Venice-based Canlove, which has worked with ICU in the past and recycles used spraypaint cans to transform them into art, will partner with STP to co-curate the walls. The non-profit has been well aware of the significance of the art walls to graffiti culture and was proud to help out, said Paul Ramirez, co-creator of Canlove.
“These walls are considered to be one of the Meccas of open-air, open-mural graffiti. It’s a very special place,” said Ramirez, noting that another renowned painting area is in Long Island City, NY. “What better place to paint than by the beach? It has an amazing ambiance and there’s a lot of history there too.”
Ramirez said Canlove was inspired to take action because it is “intertwined” in the culture and wanted to see the project continue.
“We fundamentally believe in public art and public expression and to be able to share that with the community,” said Ramirez.
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