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Desi Mundo Breaks Down the 360 Mural

The Community Rejuvenation Project’s highly-anticipated collaboration with The Greenlining Institute, the “360 Mural,” has completed its community input and design review phases. Now it’s on to the actual painting, which begins May 18. But before that happens, we thought you might enjoy a sneak preview of what the finished design will look like, as well as a breakdown of the images, people, and symbolism contained within. Here’s a mock-up of the design: A front-facing view of the same image: Here’s…

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Pandemics and Public Art

Pandemics have a way of impacting the best-laid plans (of mice and men). What happens to artists who do public-facing works, when  there’s an emergency order to shelter in place? What happens to projects? Read on and find out.  Earlier this year, the Community Rejuvenation Project announced a collaboration with The Greenlining Institute to paint a large-scale mural on GLI’s headquarters, the “360 building.”  The project had literally been years in the making. The planned mural was the culmination of…

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CRP’s “Warriors” Mural: A Collaborative Effort

Recently, CRP got a call from Oakland’s District 6 Councilmember, Loren Taylor, about a new anti-blight mural opportunity in East Oakland. To avoid fines by the City for unsightly tagging at a vacant site, the property owner wanted to commission some public art. The only catch? The mural had to be completed within 48 hours. As CRP Executive Director Desi Mundo explained, “Loren [Taylor] had been in a conversation around painting in this area for a long time. We had…

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Community Rejuvenation Project and The Greenlining Institute Announce New Mural Project in Oakland

The Community Rejuvenation Project (CRP and the Greenlining Institute announced today a large-scale mural project in downtown Oakland). Over the next few months, CRP will design and install the Greenlining mural on the west-facing exterior wall of Greenlining’s 360 Center at 360 14th Street. in downtown Oakland. Additionally, CRP will be hosting a series of free community engagement events and public activities throughout the mural production process, including design workshops, a panel discussion, an art exhibition, and an artist talk.…

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CRP X Greenlining Mural Events & Activities

“THE STATE OF PUBLIC ART 2020”    THURSDAY FEBRUARY 6     The Greenlining Institute (360 14th Street)      6 – 8 PM     Panelists: Francisco Sanchez, David Young Kim, Dan Fontes     Moderator: Eric Arnold COMMUNITY INPUT SERIES     TUESDAY FEBRUARY 11       Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts – 1428 Alice St. Studio D     6 – 8 PM     WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 12     Oakland Asian Cultural Center – 388 Ninth Street, Suite 290     6 – 8 PM     THURSDAY FEBRUARY 13     The Greenlining Institute – 360 14th Street…

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Phase 2: Respect the Architect

In terms of cultural impact, Phase 2 lands as a juxtaposition of two legendary Kemetic (ancient Egyptian) luminaries: Imhotep — the architect of the step pyramid under the Pharaoh Djoser (c. 2700 BC) and a high priest of the sun deity Ra — and Tehuti (Thoth) — the ibis-headed neteru (god) of writing, magic, music,and technology. Said to be “self-created and self-produced,” Thoth maintained knowledge of the sacred words of power. Upon his journey into the afterlife, Imhotep, who was…

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Reevaluating the State of the Arts in Oakland

Oakland’s Cultural Affairs Department (CAD) is severely underfunded and understaffed. According to a memo sent by CAD to the Funding Advisory Committee last November 26, current staffing levels are just one full-time employee and one temporary service contract employee. $1.2 million in grants were awarded in the last fiscal year, a number which has not seen a significant increase since before the recession. (By way of comparison, the San Francisco Art Commission handed out $1.6 million in grants in 2014-2015…

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 A Mural For Jennifer

This past November, CRP Executive Director and Founder Desi Mundo unveiled a new mural at the Eastmont branch of the Oakland Library. The painting was the artist’s most deeply-personal work to date: a portrait of his late wife, Jennifer Ana’ Finefeuiaki, who transitioned this past March, following a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.  The mural dedication ceremony was well–attended by Mundo’s friends and family, along with Denise Pate of Oakland’s Cultural Affairs Department — who funded the project — and…

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CRP Pays Tribute to Fallen SW Hip-Hop Legend Wake Self

On November 3rd, Southwestern hip-hop rising star Wake Self–aka Andrew Martinez–was fatally injured in a car accident  in Santa Fe New Mexico, reportedly caused by a drunk driver who swerved into oncoming traffic, striking the car Martinez was driving. Martinez had just completed his latest album, ironically titled Ready to Live, and was preparing for its release party when tragedy struck.  The incident shook the tight-knit Southwestern hip-hop community where Martinez had become a familiar figure, and sent ripples of…

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