Exploring Their Historic and Cultural Contexts
Sunday, January 23 at 5 p.m.
FREE / Live via Zoom
Photos: Historical Marker Database
The Santa Monica Conservancy invites you to The City Hall Murals, a free webinar in our Santa Monica Mosaic series, on Sunday, January 23 at 5 p.m.

Cities across the country are engaging in a national conversation to reassess artworks from past eras that don’t reflect our current values of racial justice, equity and inclusion. In Santa Monica, our two City Hall murals have become the focus of such discussions. A City Council initiative to recontextualize them – to add interpretive and educational information plus new artwork by Native Americans who appear in a mural – is now underway.

In the spirit of this initiative, the Conservancy is hosting a free webinar featuring three speakers to discuss the murals’ cultural and historical themes and help us understand their context and meanings.
Will South, art historian and biographer of artist Stanton Macdonald-Wright, will present the artist who created the murals and directed the Southern California Works Progress Administration, which our City Hall exemplifies.
Kim Morales Johnson, Tongva tribal leader and Board member of the Gabrieliño Tongva Springs Foundation, will tell the story of her people, who are shown in the History mural at the sacred springs, which inspired the naming of our City.
Sharon Reyes, descendant of the Marquez and Reyes families who owned Rancho Boca de Santa Monica, will speak to the difficult and tumultuous history that is woven into the History mural.

Register for The City Hall Murals today! The Zoom link will be included in your registration confirmation.
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- Dennis Ogawa, professor and speaker for Santa Monica Mosaic: Nisei Memories
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Monday, January 17 at 11 a.m.
Live Virtual Event
Commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a series of virtual programs hosted by the California African American Museum. At 11 a.m., participate in a virtual community reading and discussion about King’s 1967 speech, “A Christmas Sermon on Peace.” At 12 p.m., enjoy a musical performance by members of the Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (ICYOLA) with “Lift Every Voice and Sing” and a medley of classic spirituals and original compositions.
Wednesday, January 19 at 5:30 p.m.
Live Virtual Event
Join the Los Angeles County Library for an eye-opening look at the history of Bruce's Beach and its significance on conversations about historical injustices and structural inequities. Featured speakers include Conservancy member Dr. Alison Rose Jefferson, historian and author of Living the California Dream: African American Leisure Sites During the Jim Crow Era, Dominique DiPrima, host of First Things First on KBLA TALK 1580, and Fourth District Supervisor Janice Hahn.
Take a virtual road trip to select historic places that shaped the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Discover how each location holds a piece of Dr. King's legacy with this interactive map. Learn about the Lincoln Memorial, where Dr. King’s most famous speech, “I Have a Dream,” was delivered, explore the Sweet Auburn Historic District, a flourishing segregated neighborhoods founded by African Americans during the Jim Crow era in the South, and more.
Sunday, January 23 at 12 & 1 p.m.
Free & Donations Welcome
Sign up today to take a virtual walk through the last intact shotgun house in Santa Monica. Your guide will be Mario Fonda-Bonardi, Conservancy docent and architect. You'll get the chance to look behind the walls and floor to see vintage materials, and see how a structure built in 1897 was saved, relocated and adapted for modern use. Our virtual tour is free and all ages are welcome!
To ensure the safety of our docents and guests, our tours of the Annenberg Community Beach House, Downtown Santa Monica and our Preservation Resource Center are currently suspended. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Please check our website for updates on our events and tours.
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