Dear SMMUSD Families: I wanted to make sure that you were aware of an exciting series of public events in our community at the end of this month. As some of you might have seen or heard, the existing John Muir Woods mural at the Michelle and Barack Obama Center on the corner of Ocean Park and Lincoln is in a state of disrepair and its condition needs to be addressed. In order to allow the community to have a voice in what happens next, SMMUSD has invited the original artist of the mural, Jane Golden, to lead a process. Jane created and runs a public art non profit called Mural Arts in Philadelphia and is perfectly suited to lead us in developing next steps.
Here are the events we have scheduled:
· Thursday, January 30, 2020: Discussion on public art, Mural Arts, and art in Santa Monica. 7 p.m. Speakers to include Jane Golden and members of her team, Mike Myers, chair of the Santa Monica Art Commission, and other guests. After presentations by Myers and Golden there will have a lively round table discussion about public art in Santa Monica and beyond as well as a brief question and answer session. Location: Santa Monica College, Orientation Hall, Student Services Center, 1900 Pico Blvd. Santa Monica. Parking structure 2 serves this building. SMC parking fees may apply.
· Friday, January 31, 2020: From 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. there will be small group meetings with Golden and her team. This will be an opportunity for members of the community to meet with the Mural Arts team to discuss their feelings about the future of the walls on the Obama Center and potential murals. Please visit http://bit.ly/2NsNIjn to request a time. Space may be limited but best efforts will be made to accommodate all requests. Location: Obama Center, 721 Ocean Park Blvd. multipurpose room
· Saturday, February 1, 2020: 10 a.m.-noon. Discussion of the southwest walls at Obama Center and the future of a mural(s) on that location. Location: Obama Center, 721 Ocean Park Blvd in the multipurpose room.
Hopefully you will be able to join us for what will be some fascinating discussions about public art and its role in social justice and the invigoration of neighborhoods.
Thank you very much,
Claudia SeizerSanta Monica-Malibu PTA Council President