The West Hollywood Mural Program is a City of West Hollywood program administered by the Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission as part of its Art on the Outside program. In order to effectively implement a successful mural program it is important to establish a clear set of guidelines and application process that facilitates the mural approval process for both applicants and the City. This will ensure consistency, transparency and aesthetic value in the community for the best possible results.
The West Hollywood Mural Program process and guidelines are intended to provide the City and mural applicants with a reasonable process that will safeguard the interests of the community, as well as those of the individual property owner.
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Any business or commercial development interested in placing a mural on a wall, building, construction site or other location in West Hollywood, must use an artist approved by the City. Approved artists will be placed on the WEHO Muralist Roster as a resource for anyone seeking an artist for a mural project - businesses or property owners, schools, private developers or other public art programs. The intent of the roster is to provide users with a range of artistic styles from which to select an artist that fits the need of a particular project.
SCHEDULE FOR REVIEW OF APPLICATIONS
Proposed murals are reviewed by the Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission through its Art on the Outside Subcommittee as follows:
- Invited Artist Mural Applications for City Property will be reviewed every month.
- Commercial Business/Private Property Owner Mural Applications will be reviewed every month.
- Muralist Roster Applications submitted in tandem with a Commercial Business/Private Property Owner Mural Application will be reviewed in tandem with the application. All other Muralist Roster Applications will be reviewed twice a year (March - September).
- Unsolicited Mural Applications from Artists for City Property will be reviewed twice a year (March and September).
The program may provide funding for murals on City Property that reflect variety in style and media and encourages artists from diverse backgrounds and range of experience to apply.
CRITERIA FOR APPROVAL
Approval is contingent upon fulfillment of the Mural Application. Artists must be registered on the WEHO Muralist Roster in order to apply for a mural in the City of West Hollywood. The artwork will be reviewed according to the criteria outlined in the Art on the Outside Program Review and Approval Process.
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Artist’s Guide to the Visual Artists Rights Act (VARA)
The Visual Artists Rights Act of 1990 (VARA) grants certain rights to artists. VARA was the first federal copyright legislation to grant protection to moral rights. Under VARA, works of art that meet certain requirements (including murals) afford their authors additional rights to the works, regardless of any subsequent physical ownership of the work itself, or regardless of who owns the copyright to the work. VARA also protects the artist from unauthorized secondary uses of the art such as the making of copies, t-shirts, postcards, posters, and other commercial goods. Click here for more information about VARA.
California Art Preservation Act (CAPA)
The California Art Preservation Act is a 1979 California law that provides legal protection for artists’ moral rights. Portions of the law overlap with the provision in the Visual Artists Rights Act, in which case the California law is preempted. CAPA provides artists protection from destruction or mutilation of a work of fine art (including murals) and provides artists the right to claim authorship and disavow modifications to their original artwork. Click here for more information about CAPA.
Mural Creation Best Practices
American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works - Preservation’s Rescue Public Murals (RPM) initiative has confronted the risks that community murals face by being located in outdoor, public spaces. Murals have been, and are an increasingly, in the United States, large and small, have mural programs or are actively commissioning murals. While working to ensure the protection and preservation of existing murals, RPM recognizes that many common issues that murals face could have been mitigated with careful planning and preparation. Click here for more information about Mural Creation Best Practices .
The City of West Hollywood is committed to assisting artists and interested business owners with the application requirements and process. If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca Ehemann, Public Art Coordinator, (323) 848-6846, firstname.lastname@example.org.