North Hollywood High School Mural – North Hollywood CA

City:
North Hollywood, CA

Site Type:
Murals, Art Works

New Deal Agencies:
Federal Arts Project (FAP), Arts Programs

Completed:
1937

Artist:
Fletcher Martin

Quality of Information:
Moderate

Marked:
Unknown

Site Survival:
Partially Extant

Description

In 1937, artist Fletcher Martin painted a mural at North Hollywood High School in North Hollywood, CA. The mural, “Legends of the California Indians,” was funded by the Federal Arts Project (FAP).

The school “wanted a mural which related to the California scene and Indians. […] Mr. Martin felt that the usual themes had been overdone, so he sought out the legends of the people and chose from them the subject for his mural….” (Wells, p. 22). Martin ended up painting a Tataviam village.

Located in a corner of the school auditorium, the mural was painted over in the 1950s. The Los Angeles Unified School District is currently in the process of attempting to recover the mural under re-plaster and acoustical panels.

Martin’s other New Deal–funded projects in the region include “Mail Transportation,” a post office mural in San Pedro, CA.

Source notes

Wells, N. W. “Federal Art Project and the Schools.” Los Angeles School Journal XX, no. 29 (April 26, 1937): 17–25.
LAUSD Art & Artifact Collection/Archive and Museum Collection Inventory Report (New Deal WPA)

Site originally submitted by Natalie McDonald on February 11, 2023.

Location Info


5231 Colfax Ave
North Hollywood, CA 91601

Coordinates: 34.1667, -118.3895

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