The Venice Arts Council Endangered Art Fund will hold a ceremony Sunday, May 3rd to mark the completion of the Jaya Mural Restoration Project in Venice.

Project donors will be honored during a champagne brunch scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Switch Studios, where the Jaya Mural is located, near the Venice Canals at Dell Avenue and South Venice Boulevard. The event is by invitation.

Among the guests scheduled to speak are City Councilman Bill Rosendahl; Paul Racs, director of the Office of Community Beautification; Linda Lucks, Board of Neighborhood Commissioners president and Venice Neighborhood Council vice president; Jonathan Zeichner, vice chair of the Abbot Kinney District Association; Don Geagan, community activist; and Grace Godlin, president of Voice of the Canals.

Jaya Mural artist Emily Winters will give an overview of the mural’s history at the event. Steve Clare, Venice Community Housing Corporation executive director who serves as the Venice Arts Council’s sponsor, will discuss the partnership and Suzanne Thompson, Endangered Art Fund chair, will provide an overview of the restoration project.

Designed and painted in 1975 by longtime Venice resident Winters, the Jaya Mural, named from the Sanskrit word for non-violent revolution, peace and victory, was whitewashed in 1981 but saved by the community and later restored and re-dedicated in 1997.

The community recently continued its struggle to preserve the Jaya Mural by raising funds from the public and private sectors. The restoration project included graffiti removal, surface repair, repainting, and anti-graffiti and preservation coating applications.

The Venice Arts Council serves as a forum for community input on public art, promotes projects of resident artists, and gives collaborative support to local arts organizations. The Jaya Mural and the Endangered Species Mural on Ocean Front Walk and Park Avenue were initial projects of the Venice Arts Council Endangered Art Fund.

Future projects planned by the Endangered Art Fund include the restoration of the Venice Beach Poetry Walls, murals and related art works in the public realm.

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