Photo by Flickr user IK's World Trip/ Creative Commons

Photo by Flickr user IK's World Trip/ Creative Commons
Photo by Flickr user IK’s World Trip/ Creative Commons
Bright colors and cultural expressions may soon be seen decorating homes in Boyle Heights, Eagle Rock, Cypress Park and some sections of South L.A, as the Los Angeles City Council gave final approval this week for a mural pilot program in the 1st, 9th, and 14th council districts.

Murals are still prohibited on private single-family residences in other parts of the city.

Los Angeles City Councilmembers Jose Huizar, Gilbert Cedillo fought for the pilot program in their districts to allow murals on single-family homes.

City officials are looking into an opt-in provision for other neighborhoods to be included in the pilot program.

In September, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti overturned the decade-long ban on public art, signing a new law allowing artwork on commercial buildings and multi-unit residential buildings.

According to the new law, muralists are now able to paint their art on private property, after registering the mural with the Department of Cultural Affairs, and paying a $60 fee.

As part of an effort to separate art from advertising, works must remain for two years and cannot contain any commercial messages.

Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles Executive Director Isabel Rojas-Williams says the new ordinance “gives Los Angeles a new opportunity to once again enjoy a period of cultural renaissance and reclaim the title as ‘Mural Capital of the World.’”

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