Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC)

Contact Information

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685 Venice Blvd. Venice, CA 90291
Office: Monday-Friday, 9 am-5 pm Gallery: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 2-5 pm; second and fourth Saturday of each month, 12-4 pm; advance reservations required2nd & 4th Saturday: 12:00PM - 4:00PM
Ms. Debra Padilla
Managing Director
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Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC)

Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC)
685 Venice Blvd.
Venice, CA. 90291

Access and Management


Available to the public?
Available to outside researchers?
Reservations required?
Onsite technology available
Scholar Fee Amount
Press, Historians, Scholars - $50.00 - Students - $1
Catalog System
Cataloged records are arranged by racial, geographical, and year of mural. Uncataloged records are placed in binders under various subject titles. We are in desperate need of revamping our system.
Access procedures

Researchers may have access to murals, public art, models for community artworks, and Judith Baca's works; no access is granted for commercial use.


Archive / Collection information

SPARC’s MREC is one of the country’s largest repositories of information about murals and other forms of public art. SPARC produces, exhibits, and preserves public art works and is particularly committed to enhancing the visibility of work which reflects the lives and concerns of American’s diverse ethnic populations, women, working people, youth and elderly. We have an extensive collection of journals, magazines, newspaper articles, over 30,000 slides and artists registry which are visited by hundreds of students, educators, scholars, artists, and art historians. Our tours highlight the community based public art works, which communicate the voices and visions of the complex neighborhoods of Los Angeles. The collection of renowned Chicana artist and SPARC’s Founder/Artistic Director, Judith F. Baca’s art work is managed by SPARC as well. We have the largest archives on murals, public art, graffiti, etc. in Los Angeles.