Los Angeles muralists spent the last decade in their painting studios after a 2002 law banned outdoor murals and billboards, and sites all over Los Angeles were whitewashed or painted over. Muralists risked being arrested or fined. When the City Council reversed the ban in 2013, hopes arose that the city would reemerge as the mural capital of the world – and that Boyle Heights would regain its role as a pioneering showcase of political and Chicano murals. But artists in Boyle Heights say the value of murals has been demoted, and that local muralists can’t get the financial backing to restore and create new public art. “[Artist Fabian] Huizar says that as a youngster growing up in Boyle Heights, murals helped teach him about his heritage. ‘It helped me gain a sense of identity as to who I am and would teach me history that wasn’t being taught in the classroom.’” More on the changes happening in L.A.’s public art spaces, on Boyle Heights Beat.