SPARC: CREATING SITES OF PUBLIC MEMORY SINCE 1976
Founded in 1976 by muralist Judith F.
Baca, painter Christina Schlesinger, and
filmmaker Donna Deitch. The Social and Public Art Resource Center
(SPARC) is an arts center that produces, preserves and conducts educational programs
based public art works. SPARC espouses public art as an organizing tool
contemporary issues, fostering cross-cultural understanding and promoting
Working within this philosophical framework,
SPARC has created murals and other forms of public art in communities throughout
Angeles and increasingly in national and international venues.
SPARC is particularly committed to producing and promoting work that reflects
the lives and concerns of Americaís ethnically and economically diverse populations
including: women, the
working poor, youth, the elderly and newly arrived immigrant communities. Our
purpose is to examine what
to memorialize through public art, and to innovate means which not only produce
excellent art works but also provide a vehicle for the betterment of community
through a citizens participatory process. SPARC's works are never simply individually
endeavors, but rather a collaboration between artists and community members, resulting
in art which rises from the community rather than being imposed
SPARC has three main areas of activity: production, education and
Within these categories, each program, project and service reflects the
role as a leading resource for public and community-based art.
of our activities is the profound conviction that the voices of our
communities need to be heard and that our preservation of the commons
is critical to creation of a civil society. SPARC has concentrated on
associated with the production of works of monumental proportions to
for the transformation of both physical environments and
social environments in public spaces.
Christina Schlesinger Judy Baca Donna Deitch
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