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Alice Street Mural Project Report-Back

  After a little more than a week of painting the wall at 14th and Alice, CRP is pleased to report the wall is nearing completion. This project has been a real eye-opener; the level of interaction we’ve had with the community has been unprecedented. It’s not an exaggeration to say the mural has started […]

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The Community Rejuvenation Project Announces the Alice Street Mural Project – Phase I

  For Immediate Release: July 8, 2014 (Oakland, CA) — The Community Rejuvenation Project, an Oakland-based non-profit organization specializing in community murals, proudly announces Phase I of the Alice Street Mural Project, which runs from July 2 -Aug 3rd, 2014. This mural project will encompass painting three large walls surrounding the parking lot at 1401 […]

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South Shore Mural a Shining Beacon in Chicago’s Sea of Bureaucracy and Brown Paint

Chicago, Illinois, is a city with a deep division over public art. A case in point: The city’s controversial “Graffiti Blasters”  abatement program, which for the past 21 years has criminalized street artists and muralists, by linking aerosol expression of any kind with gang violence. Introduced in 1993, the same year as the classic hip-hop […]

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CRP’s Desi Mundo Returns to Chicago for Two-Week Residency at Hyde Park Art Center

It’s been said you can’t go back home again. For Community Rejuvenation Project founder and Executive Director Desi Mundo, however, that wasn’t exactly the case. After 14 years of living in Oakland, where he founded CRP — which has become the city’s most prolific producers of public murals — Mundo returned to Chicago, the city […]

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CRP x Biblioteca Popular / People’s Library : Community Engagement = Community Empowerment

Every mural tells a story. That’s a truism for every single mural painted by the Community Rejuvenation Project. Visual art is a form of storytelling in and of itself; murals offer a way to weave stories together into a visual narrative through the use of vibrant imagery which carries both symbolic and literal meaning. Often, […]

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CRP x x Melrose Leadership Academy mural raises awareness about composting

Did you know composting food waste is one of the easiest and most effective ways of recycling? According to, food scraps and food-soiled paper – paper plates, pizza boxes, and paper napkins – comprise the largest portion of the waste stream. Such scraps represent 35% of all waste in Alameda County. While removing harmful […]

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CRP x HHREC = Beautiful New Mural in Oakland’s Jack London Sq. District

Celana Pearson is the Program Director for Health Through Art, an initiative of the Health and Human Resource Education Center (HHREC), a non-profit organization located in Oakland’s waterfront warehouse district, near Jack London Square. For many years, the center had waged an ongoing battle with tag vandals and its building was looking a little run-down. […]

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CRP Announces New Mural Abatement Program for Business

Vandalism from graffiti taggers is an ongoing problem for business owners in urban areas. It contributes to blighted neighborhoods, lowers property values, deters customers and repeat business, and can be expensive and frustrating to have to clean up the same walls over and over again. Unfortunately, painting out the problem often just invites more taggers, […]

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Pancho Peskador

A native of Chile, Pancho Peskador grew up under the repressive military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, who came to power when Peskador was a young child. “All my childhood and my adolescence was under a military boot,” he says. “Growing up with stories of people being disappeared, being tortured, being incarcerated, being exiled, repression, those […]

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CRP Launches Alice Street Mural Project Fundraising Campaign

We are proud to announce the launch of the Alice Street Mural Project! Click HERE to Donate! BACKGROUND The Community Rejuvenation Project (CRP) has dedicated itself to cultivating healthy communities through beautification, education & celebration, using public art as a foundation for holistic, positive community engagement. Partnering with local government, community-based organizations, business owners and […]

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