The City of West Hollywood, through its Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission, has one of the most robust public art programs in the country. The City encourages developers and business owners to work together with artists through the City’s Commercial Business Mural Program to provide opportunities for artistic and creative engagements on commercial properties throughout the City.
Art can offer a competitive advantage for a business, drawing positive attention for the business as it is seen to be engaging more actively with the community. In addition, recent examples of murals on businesses helped increase both social media and foot traffic for the sponsoring business. In 2015, a mural on Craig’s Restaurant by the artist Retna, was named as one of “LA’s Most Instagram-Worthy Street Art Spots” by “Racked LA.” Also in 2015, a mural by the artist Risk on the façade of Woven Accents was featured in “Los Angeles Magazine.”
The City of West Hollywood’s Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission has guidelines for the successful creation of an artist’s mural. If you are interested in commissioning a mural, start by contacting Rebecca Ehemann, Public Art Coordinator, 323/848.6846 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A mural application or other temporary public art project proposal must be reviewed by the Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission before an installation takes place. The application must be submitted electronically using the online application form. The application should be submitted at least 60 days before the proposed installation date. Proposals are reviewed by the Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission which generally meets on the 4th Thursday of every month. Applicants are not required to attend the Arts and Cultural Affairs meeting.
WEST HOLLYWOOD MURALIST ROSTER
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. APPLY FOR THE WEHO Muralist Roster.
ZONE CLEARANCE PERMIT FEE – MURALS ON PRIVATE PROPERTY
Once the mural application is approved by the Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission, the owner of the property is required to fill out a Zone Clearance Permit through the City’s Planning Division and pay the permit fee. Download an application here: http://www.weho.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=20054. This is an over-the-counter procedure and requires a small permit fee of $117 (updated 2017) to be paid. If you have any questions at all regarding the Zone Clearance Permit application or fees you should call the Planning Counter at 323/848-6475 or email@example.com.
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