The Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) is one of the most important public art centers in the world; it has created, preserved, and recorded hundreds of community murals. Founded in 1976 by muralist Judith F. Baca, painter Christina Schlesinger, and filmmaker Donna Deitch, SPARC is an arts center that conducts educational programs about community based public art works. It espouses public art as an organizing tool for addressing contemporary issues, fostering cross-cultural understanding and promoting civic dialogue. Working within this framework, SPARC has created murals and other forms of public art in communities throughout Los Angeles and increasingly in national and international venues.
SPARC is particularly committed to producing and promoting work that reflects the lives and concerns of America’s ethnically and economically diverse populations including: women, the working poor, youth, the elderly and newly arrived immigrant communities. SPARC’s works are never simply individually authored endeavors, but rather collaboration between artists and community members.