Staff

LEAD ARTISTS

Desi Mundo

Desi Mundo is the founder of the Community Rejuvenation Project. Over the past three years, under his direction, CRP has produced more than 100 murals, primarily in the Bay Area as well as Chicago, Albuquerque, and Bologna, Italy. Read More

As an artist, he collaborated with influential aerosol artists such as ZORE, P.H.A.S.E.2, VULCAN, RAVEN and MIKE 360. Desi also has a long history as an educator and youth worker in K-12 schools, such as Oakland Unity High School, ARISE, Calvin Simmons, and OASIS in Oakland for the past 13 years. He has been recognized with a “Best of the Bay” Award by the East Bay Express for his monthly youth art series, the “Weekend Wake-Up.” Desi has a long history of community organizing and public art advocacy. He received the “Rising Leaders Fellowship from the Youth Leadership Institute in 2005. He has worked with numerous non-profit and community organizations, such as Urban Tilth, Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth, and United Roots forming lasting partnerships and powerful alliances.Desi has organized and painted murals that can be found all over the Bay Area, as well as in Chicago, Santa Fe, Montana and South Dakota. He is the founder of the Community Rejuvenation Project. He facilitates an after-school mural taller called the Arrow-Soul Council. Desi is also a prolific community organizer and founder of the Weekend Wake-Up, free all-ages, community events, which won “Best All-Ages Event ” in the East Bay Express in 2006.

PESKADOR

Peskador is a self-taught artist born and raised in Chile. He has participated in various group shows both nationally and internationally. He currently lives in Oakland, CA where he creates, as he calls it, “visual guerrillas” expressed in mediums such as paintings, drawings, prints, collages, murals and mixed media.

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Grace Chen

Grace is a young transplant originally from Singapore. She is currently putting down roots in Oakland, where she spends her time living, going to school, making art, and being constantly amazed by the natural beauty and cultural richness of the Bay Area. Having painted with a brush for years, she’s recently learned how to paint with cans as well. She believes in the power of urban art to represent the experience of diverse communities, create symbols of solidarity, and influence place, politics and culture.

Lavie Raven

Lavie Raven is a social studies and language arts instructor at the Multicultural Arts School (a Chicago public high school), and the Prime-Minister of Education for the University of Hip-Hop. Having taught in the Chicago public school system for thirteen years and done community arts work for twenty years, Raven has created strategies for integrating hip-hop into community service projects and classroom education. Read More

He has worked with youth on many community hip-hop arts programs and social justice projects, for groups such as Habitat for Humanity, Pogranizce (Borderlands Project), Alternatives community center, the Southwest Youth Collaborative, the Chicago Park District, the University of Chicago, the Chicago Public Schools, and numerous other organizations. Raven has also done community mural projects in Sejny, Poland; Liberia, Costa Rica; Oakland, California; New Orleans, Louisiana; Aleut Bay, British Columbia; and Pine Ridge, South Dakota. He is presently completing his doctorate in interdisciplinary studies at Teacher’s College at Columbia University, researching the impacts of hip-hop education and the integration of alternative arts on community development guided by youth centered curricula. As one of the co-founders of the University of Hip-Hop, a multi-disciplinary school of the street arts, Raven helped to create a dozen charter branches that serve youth across the city of Chicago and throughout the nation. Raven is a certified teacher of social studies and English, grades 7-12, and he has taught courses in World Studies, African-American History, Argument and Debate, Popular Culture, and English, levels I-IV. In his experience as an educator Raven has assisted youth in addressing issues of social justice through the public arts and community service-learning projects. As a mural artist he has worked with youth to create culturally conscious murals that have been displayed at museums, cultural centers, and community organizations. Raven believes in providing youth with a multi-disciplinary approach toward life that holistically engages their academic skills, celebrates their talents and artistic abilities, and empowers youth desires to bring positive change to society. In his work for local, national, and international communities, Lavie Raven continually strives to spearhead unconventional and prolific youth empowerment projects in and out of the classroom.

Elijah Pfotenhauer

Elijah Pfotenhauer was born in Santa Cruz, California in 1980. He studied art and animation at Cal Arts, Valencia and Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz. His works have been shown at a variety of galleries in the greater Bay Area including: The Hide Gallery, The Mill, Mama Buzz, and 4th Street Triumph, with murals across California as well as in Europe and Asia. He currently lives in Santa Cruz at the Art Space Tannery Lofts, painting canvas, murals, and teaching art. Read More

Elijah personally utilizes painting and visual arts to engage and uplift the community. He believes that through the Arts, the public can actively participate in the transformation of society. Through the creation of public works, the community can take pride in the area and engage in prevalent social issues. Elijah also believes that art is a tool to unite people across lines of age, race, gender and general socio economic background. The Arts open a new doorway for participants to engage in new and unknown opportunities. More info: paintedladder.com Contact 

BEATS 737

Beats has been writing and piecing since 1988. His experience with the discipline traverses a broad spectrum of artistic eras and geographical spaces. Beats began his aerosol career in Los Angeles, moved to Reno to attend University there for music, then eventually ended up back in the bay, collaborating with various aerosol crews and non-profit entities like SB (Spray Brigade), CRP, and Estria. Beats is a purist, and still makes art just for the rush of it.

RELEASE

RELEASE is an artist/activist/alchemist from Albuquerque, New Mexico.  He is a cultivator of consciousness as a co-creator in this cosmic cycle of creation.  Growing up in the desert he was inspired by the petroglyphs on the mesas and the writing on the walls beneath the bridges in the bosque of the Rio Grande, and especially the monumental works of Mike3sixty. Read More

He started painting in 2004 and by 2008 he had his first solo show at the Cirq Gallery in Albuquerque. RELEASE has traveled across the country painting in cities such as Austin, Memphis, Tampa, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Portland and Seattle.  He did his first Community Rejuvenation Project (CRP) mural in 2010 as part of the Artist in Residency program, and has been invited back to work with CRP frequently over the past two years.   He also worked with the Decolonize/Occupy Seattle movement over the winter painting walls and banners in humanity’s prayers and actions for social justice, and planetary harmony. RELEASE was a resident artist with CRP during 2012. He currently resides in New Mexico. 

MISS AMMO

Artist, Activist, and Alchemist (by way of creative transformation and the alchemic process of using art as a means to transform poison into medicine), Miss Ammo aims to practice the integration of multiple art forms as a way to expose truth through beauty. She is an experienced muralist, performance poet, playwright, youth organizer, and visual artist. Read More

She has toured her poetry and solo show Sangria Cipher nationally, performing in various venues ranging from prisons, shelters, high school auditoriums, SisterSong Conference for Reproductive Justice, Children’s Law Institute, and the WGI Manhattan stage. Her poetry was featured in the Wise Fool New Mexico’s production of BAGGAGE, a social justice theater initiative that addresses issues of domestic violence and women of color within the state of New Mexico. Miss Ammo is the co-founder (along with Cynthia Ruffin and Jessie Workman) of the B.R.E.A.T.H (Building a Revolution of Expression Through Heartwork) program in Albuquerque, NM that teaches poetry and performance to incarcerated youth as a means to heal, resolve conflict, and uplift. She is a graduate of the We Got Issues intensive leadership program (www.wegotissues.org) and is currently pursuing a degree in community arts at California College of the Arts. Through innovation, integrity, intuition, and intention, Miss Ammo has dedicated her life’s work to stand with countless others in the movement that intersects the arts with activism, using creativity and expression as the tools necessary for community liberation, and the means by which we may all realize our sparkling dreams. Contact 

Daz

DAZ is a graduate of youth mural programs, Higher Gliffs and Visual Element, and trained under several of the Bay Area’s best aerosol mentors including Zore, Estria and Desi. He has created murals in Mexico City, New York, Chicago and throughout the Bay Area. His work has been featured at the Oakland Museum of California and Museum of Children’s Art. He recently was featured in the Estria Third Annual International Graffiti Battle. Contact

Dave Young Kim

Dave’s first piece was scrawled in crayon through the pages of a pristine volume of encyclopedias; he hasn’t stopped creating since. His public artistic career began at the age of 5, when he won the first place trophy for understanding perspective. At 13, he was first introduced to and began painting with oil paints. Read More

As a of rite of passage in his hometown of Los Angeles, Dave later became involved in gangs and the graffiti scene where he was initially exposed to spray paint. He went on to attend the University of California, Davis where he received his B.A. in Studio Art, and, upon graduating, moved to San Francisco, where he worked a number of years for a pharmaceutical company. Just three years ago Dave decided to make drastic changes in his life which lead him to East Oakland where he lives with chickens in his yard and paints in his West Oakland studio. He spends most of his days community organizing through Regeneration Church and is commited to seeing Oakland beautified. All his figurative painted works are mixed, using all forms of media; from oils, acrylics and watercolors to inks, graphite, markers and aerosol paints. Much of his influence come from traveling, most notably, to Europe where he first discovered Art Nouveau. More info: Website | Facebook 
 

COMMUNICATIONS

Eric Arnold (Communications Director)

Before becoming Communications Director for CRP, Eric Arnold enjoyed a legendary career as a pioneering hip-hop journalist for publications such as 4080, the Source, Stress, and Rap Pages. Read More

Over the years, he’s been a music and culture columnist for the East Bay Express, SF Weekly, Murder Dog, and Africana.com, and a contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle, Village Voice, Bay Guardian, Wax Poetics, Oakland Local and Urban Habitat’s “Race, Poverty, and the Environment” journal. Eric has written extensively about media and telecommunications policy for the Future of Music Coalition, Center for Media Justice, and the Media Consortium, and managed successful outreach campaigns for the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and Grind for the Green. He currently resides in Oakland, California. A writer and photojournalist specializing in editorial and documentary photography, Eric is very much at home living “in the moment.” He has documented music, culture and life for the SF Examiner and XLR8R while traveling through Egypt, Ethiopia, and Morocco; covered events like Reggae on the River, Outside Lands, Treasure Island Music Festival, and Paid Dues Festival for East Bay Express, SF Weekly, and the Bay Citizen; and been exposed to tear-gas and flash-bang grenades while photographing Occupy Oakland for Oakland Local. in 2011, Eric won a Society of Professional Journalists Award for multimedia coverage of Oakland’s hip-hop scene. He has exhibited his photographic work in the “Rejuvenation” exhibit along with other CRP artists as well as at the Power to the Peaceful festival, ESAA’s Pecha Kucha Night, and the G’Z Souleyez Gallery.

Development Team

Tamira Jones

Tamira Jones has been in the nonprofit world for over a decade and brings her passion for project design and grassroots solutions to bear on addressing needs in her community. A native of Mendocino, Tamira served in the Peace Corps in Jamaica in 2004-2006 where she painted her first murals with local youth to promote a sense of neighborhood pride and environmental awareness. Tamira has traveled throughout Central America, Asia, Africa and the Caribbean looking for the interconnections between global challenges and local knowledge. She is passionate about conservation, social justice, and faith-based community action.  

Videography

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Spencer Wilkinson

Spencer Wilkinson is an Oakland-based cinematographer and video editor.  Spencer attended the University of California, Santa Cruz and studied Cultural Anthropology with an emphasis of visual media. He completed a year of study at the University of Ghana, Legon with fieldwork in northern Ghana documenting traditional music and dance. Spencer has directed award-winning documentary films, such as Ritmos dos Meninos (Brazil) and Pass Me the Map (Mexico and Central America). Read More

For 12 years, he has taught media arts to young people and adults in communities throughout the Bay Area, including Oakland, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Gilroy and Watsonville. From 2009-2012, Spencer served as a Media Education and Operations Manager for a Santa Clara county non-profit television station, Community Media Access Partnership. In 2012, Spencer established a freelance video arts business, Endangered Ideas, where he currently shoots and edits music videos, commercials and short films in the Bay Area. He has worked with clients such as Sony Music and Motema Music along with non-profit organizations such as United Roots, Pacha’s Pajamas, Alliance for Climate Education and People’s Community Market. A portfolio of his work can be found at http://vimeo.com/endangeredideas.