LOS ANGELES (August 2, 2023) - Los Angeles City Council President Paul Krekorian will lead the ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, August 10 at 6:00 pm to dedicate the “Faces of NoHo” mural created by artist Levi Ponce on the Lonny Chapman Theatre building, located at 10900 Burbank Blvd, North Hollywood 91601.
“Faces of NoHo” is a colorful addition to the outstanding collection of outdoor artworks that contribute to the distinctive character of the NoHo Arts District. It depicts people of different backgrounds, ages, and genders, reflecting the cultural richness of the NoHo Arts District. This work was made possible through a collaborative effort of Council President Krekorian, the NoHo community, nationally-recognized artist Levi Ponce, and The Group Rep theater company.
“It has been a longstanding goal of mine to bring more art, theater and cultural opportunities to the area to promote the rich creativity of this unique part of the City,” says Council President Krekorian. Using excess bond funds from the Community Redevelopment Agency, “Faces of NoHo” is an original work, officially registered through the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. The Council President plans to fund more public art for the District through the same program.
The Group Rep, which has generously provided exterior wall space for the mural, is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Led by the veteran Broadway, film and television actor Lonny Chapman until his passing in 2007, The Group Rep has grown into a company of 80 active artists and has presented more than 200 productions to date, making a major contribution to the North Hollywood arts scene. In 1999, the group's theater building was renamed the “Lonny Chapman Theatre” in honor of the company's longtime Artistic Director and guiding light.