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Chicano Park and the Transformative Power of Murals

Chicano Park is legendary! It is a true home of creativity and history. This park is an example of the power that murals have on a community, the lasting impact of creativity and how murals have created a historic attraction that people from around the world travel to see. No one travels to see graffiti […]

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Pilsen and the Art in Public Spaces Initiative

CRP has been taking a close look at Danny Solis’ initiative, Art in Public Spaces. This program has all the makings of a good idea. It is an an antivandalism initiative that’s intended to control and limit defacement of public property. It points out the former Mayor, Richard J. Daley, spent millions of dollars on costly […]

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Community Choses Mural over Anti-Graffiti Coating

The Shawmont Valley Association made an intelligent step forward when they chose not to cover a retaining wall with anti-graffiti coating. The community decided that a Mural would be the best long-term solution to their problems with ongoing vandalism. Indeed anti-graffiti coating doesn’t make a wall look any better and hasn’t proven to be an […]

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Yakima Graffiti Abatement Proves the History will Repeat Itself

This story illustrates the average graffiti abatement initiative, in this case in Yakima WA. It includes a combination of criminalizing the youth, penalizing the property owner, and not engaging the community. Once again, community murals are left out of the equation, in favor of repeatedly painting out vandalism over and over again. Graffiti abatement is […]

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MEAR ONE’s London Mural Vandalized in Attempt to Censor Him

This article is both an update and also includes the backstory on the neighborhood where the mural was painted. Its clear that this mural has been vilified and attacked for striking a nerve. The question remains if that nerve is a historical bias against Jewish people or the mere mention of the power elites. The […]

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Pilsen Muralists Fight Gentrification

The Pilsen neighborhood has been a center for the Mexican community in Chicago and a haven for historical mexican murals for decades. It is home to the Mexican Museum and numerous other historical landmarks. Yet as the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) continues its land grab for property south of its campus, Pilsen has […]

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Duncan Mural to be Destroyed – Bureaucracy Defeats Art

CRP has been following the controversy in Duncan closely as you can see from past articles. Duncan has become the victim of dull bureaucracy overwhelming visionary creativity. Duncan officials have decided to paint over a mural called “community” despite receiving a petition signed by 1,200 people for the mural to stay up. The logic behind […]

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Union Pacific Destroys Bridge Mural in Austin

Union Pacific has a long history of using its vast network of attorneys on retainer to avoid responsibility for its property. Its is an obscenely powerful company focused on its bottom line. Yet its latest heavy-handed attack on the citizens of Austin boggles the mind. UP painted out the mural depicted below because it was […]

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Former City Councilman Supports Unsanctioned Duncan Mural

Duncan policies should encourage artistic expression By Paul Fletcher – Cowichan News Leader Pictorial I can’t help but wade into the community mural controversy. It is just too attractive to pass up, especially since the mural proponents have put Duncan city council against the wall, essentially forcing them to condemn the mural, its creator and […]

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The Duncan Debate: Process vs. Painting

Monday, October 15, 2012 – 2:38 PM By Natasha Riebe Cowichan Valley The controversy on graffiti in Duncan is expected to continue Monday night when a contingent of people from the Duncan Garage and neighbouring groups present a petition at City Hall. Council is also expected to discuss whether the word ‘community’, painted in big […]

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