This page has been set up as a resource featuring articles published on the Venice Art Wall, The Venice Graffiti Walls and the Graffiti Pit. This page is also a resource for press releases, hi-resolution press photos and press contacts regarding the Venice Art Walls.

For media contact or emergency please contact Stash Maleski, Director of ICU Art at or by phone at (310) 309-7756.

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Art Auction Result

We raised over $12,000 at the Venice Art Walls Auction on June 3rd. This translates into about five months that the walls will be open beyond July 1st 2008. July 1st was when the City funding for the program ended. These funds were raised from the event entrance fee, the raffle, T-shirt sales and of course the sale of over fifty great works of art donated by a bunch of generous and talented artists. Thank you to all that attended or supported in any way. Thank you again for the generous support of the G2 Gallery. Click here to see photos from the event.

City of LA – Bill Rosendahl’s Office

Councilmember Bill Rosendahl of City Council District 11 has informed us that the City of Los Angeles through CD11 will be contributing a minimum of $15,000 towards the Venice Art Walls program for Fiscal Year 2008/09. Although this is less than half of what his office contributed for Fiscal Year 2007/08, we are very happy. ICU Art has been working with Arturo Piña and Mike Bonin from Rosendahl’s office all year, and they have been great supporters of the program. Due to an extreme budget shortfall for the City of LA, funding was completely cut to the program going into the new fiscal year. We are glad that people made an effort to express their support for the current program to the Council Office.

ICU Art will be matching the funds raised at the Auction and from the City of LA. ICU Art is also going to continue to donate all administrative services for the program at no cost. This means that the program is funded for about eleven months and the area will stay open for painting from July 1st through May 30th 2009.

We still need to raise additional funds for this fiscal year, and we need to start now raising funds for the following year, as the City has explained they do not plan on funding the program in the future.

Grass Roots Venice Neighborhood Council – Neighborhood Improvement Grants

We are proud to announce that ICU Art has been selected for funding for a $2,400 grant to produce and install permanent signage in the Venice Art Walls area. We applied for these funds and were awarded approximately half of our original grant request, similar to nearly all of the grant requests that are receiving funding. We are happy to have been ranked 8th overall within a field of over 100 applicants. So many of the grant requests were worthy of funding, and they all seemed like great programs.

These funds will be used to install two free standing metal signs that explain that painting is by permit only. The signs will list the web site and information line phone number. The lettering will be cut out of solid aluminum sheets so that you can see through the sign to the other side. This will mean that people can paint on the signs all day and they will still be readable. (click here to see signage design) These signs are very important to the program and will help protect the beautiful murals mid-week when the walls are closed to painting and will give violators fair warning regarding possible tickets or arrest for painting without a permit.

More Funding Needed!

Although we now have commitments to cover the bare minimum of funding that has been covered by the City of LA this past year, we are still in great need of additional funds to support the program. The funds raised so far only cover the most basic expense related to the program. The program is in need of funds for a youth program with instructors for minors, we need more signage and another used spray can disposal unit, and we need new laminated permits and T-shirts for the On-site Supervisors. We also need funding to help us apply for more long term grants and funding for next year. Please go to “Donate” to make a contribution.

Venice Art Walls Benefit Auction A Success!

Thank you for your generous support of the Venice Art Walls. The benefit art auction was a great success thanks to art-lovers like you. Invoices for payment have been sent through PayPal and buyers should receive emails requesting funds from In Creative Unity. All artwork sales include CA sales tax. If you wish to pay for artwork by cash or check, please call Jeanna Penn (310) 359-5108 or email All check should be made out to The Chrysalis Project. Once we have received confirmation of your purchase we will send information regarding pick-up of your artwork at The G2 Gallery during the gallery’s normal business hours (Tues-Sat 11am-6pm). If you have any questions please call Jeanna, (310) 359-5108 or email her Please do not contact the gallery directly.

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Venice Art Walls Report Now Available

You can now download a report on the first six months of the Venice Art Walls Program covering the period from June 3, 2007 through November 25, 2007. This report was presented to the program’s Advisory Board earlier this year. We welcome comments and suggestions on this report and on the program during the period between November 2007 and now. Please send comments to Click here to download report.

Photos to be Provided by Venice Paparazzi for Area

Venice Paparazzi has been selected as the official photo agency of the Venice Art Walls. The partnership between ICU Art and Venice Paparazzi has been extended through June 1, 2008. Edizen Stowell of Venice Paparazzi and her team of event photographers will be documenting the work on the walls on Sunday afternoons or early Monday morning. Select pieces will be uploaded to the Venice Art Walls site and may be uploaded to the site as well. This is an important project, as it will help us to document and highlight some of the high-quality artwork that occurs on the walls as part of the current permit program. This will also help us to determine which pieces are being painted mid-week without a permit, so that we can address this problem from an informed viewpoint.

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LA Times - January 25th, 2007 237K .pdf

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The Beachhead - August, 2006 1.5MBS .pdf

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Argonaut - July 27th, 2006 512K .pdf

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Online Articles

Legal graffiti art?... with city permit,you bet!

Graffiti artists now required to apply for a permit to paint the walls at the famous Venice Pits - Yahoo! Underground | June 13, 2007>

Venice Graffiti Walls gets a Makeover

New rules, new limits on expression at Graffiti Wall due to complaints - The Argonaut | May 31, 2007

The Fastest Walls in the West

The Pits at Venice Beach - Yahoo! Underground | May 24, 2007


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