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Deconstructing the Mural Permit Bureaucracy Challenge.

Yet another debate about the validity of aerosol culture. In this case, a property owner commissioned a mural on her property with a positive message, “Community.” In an effort to adhere more to bureaucracy than community values and basic common sense, the city of Duncan is debating whether or not the owner should be fined […]

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Innovation: Century Debuts Glass Mural

The Community Rejuvenation Project is alway on the look for innovative new processes for mural-making and powerful new methods to express our message. Century’s new glass mural is an example of a creative concept that incorporates techniques that CRP has been studying such as layering. As we continue to research and develop our own approaches, […]

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The Corporate Media’s Response to Mear One’s latest piece on the Banking Elite

The power of public art and particularly the aerosol tradition has been its ability to spark dialogue. This piece by MEARone is an excellent example of how strong a piece can impact and community. MEAR’s story of his interactions with the community tells an insightful tale of his experience painting a mural that sparks such a […]

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Billboards as Art: LA Freewalls Project

Can it be possible? Did Clear Channel, the advertising corporate giant and media homogenizer, really contact the LA Freewalls Project and offer up several of its billboards to artists? It must be a tax write-off or something. Or a publicity stunt to improve their despicable image. Regardless, Clear Channel isn’t going anywhere without a swift […]

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Mural Destruction and Corporate Responsibility

The story below is all too common. A new business moves into a property with a mural and covers it. In this case, the C-Town Supermarket destroyed a mural created by an after-school program. Most visual artists are not aware that murals are legally protected under the Visual Artists Rights Act (VARA). In this scenario, […]

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What’s Missing from San Jose’s Abatement Strategy

The wisdom of  San Jose’s privatization of graffiti abatement is still in question. Contractor Graffiti Protective Coatings went $166,700 over budget in its first year. The greater issue is the failure to utilize a holistic approach that includes murals in its long-term strategy. San Jose was the poster child for a community based abatement strategy […]

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Fox News Instigates Controversy over Boston Mural

Fox News is no stranger to using their position as “journalists” to promote one-sided arguments and even instigate censorship. So while it is not surprising that they have twisted their patriotism against Freedom of Speech, it is still nauseating. We’ve seen the media drum up attacks that have shifted policy and gotten people like Van […]

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Interview with Tunisian Aerosol Writer el Seed

Two weeks ago, CRP featured a story from CNN on el Seed. Writing in other alphabets outside of the phonetic is something that is both exciting and inspiring. It is particularly powerful when the artist is writing in their native language, as el Seed is. It is also especially interesting to see how the mainstream […]

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Judy Baca pioneers technology to save murals

Judy Baca is a master artist, a legendary muralist and a distinguished professor at the University of California at Los Angeles. She’s been awarded the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship and was Harvard’s Master Artist and Senior Scholar. Yet she says her most important revelation came not in a classroom nor in studio, but rather in the […]

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Community divided over new 24th St. Mission Plaza redesign

The Mission district of San Francisco has long been one of the prominent areas in the country for murals. It’s gentrification in the past decade has never been more evident than in the re-design plan for the 24th Street “Plaza.” Not a single artist artist for the project is from the Mission. And its not […]

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