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History of Mural Destruction: Chicago – Alderman Balcer vs. Gabriel Villa 2009

Reprinted from the Huffington Post 06/16/09 View more news videos at: http://www.nbcchicago.com/video. A provocative and apparently legal Bridgeport mural depicting police surveillance boxes was painted over Friday by order of Ald. Jim Balcer (11th), NBC Chicago reports. Artist Gabriel Villa painted an image of three police surveillance boxes adorned with a deer head, a human skull and Christ on the cross on the wall of a neighborhood tavern and liquor store near 31st and Morgan at the request of a…

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The 8th Street Fence in Progress

CRP is blasting out its tenth mural in Richmond this summer. Yesterday, we were visited by Mayor Gayle McGlaughlin and her husband, Paul, on their day off. They were riding their bikes along the Greenway and stopped by. Today, Toody Maher of Pogo Park stopped by. She has been a huge supporter. Thanks Toody! These are a few photos that she took.

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A Mural Installation Isn’t a Weapon of Mass Reproduction

In an effort to bring attention to the issues around murals CRP is posting relevant articles and statements by muralists to further represent the muralists’ perspectives. This article is reprinted from the SPARC website by Ed Fuentes on July 24, 2012 11:35 AM From an art culture that uses political content to drive its narrative, a demonstration of animosity was no surprise. It was to be expected that some Los Angeles muralists act out the defiance of David Alfaro Siqueiros, whose “America Tropical”…

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Muralist Judy Baca On L.A.’s Digital Divide

In an effort to bring attention to the issues around murals CRP is posting relevant articles and statements by muralists to further represent the muralists’ perspectives. This article is reprinted from the SPARC website by Judy Baca on July 19, 2012 2:10 PM KCET Departures “Writing on the Wall” guest editorial series continues with Professor Judy Baca, Co-Founder/Artistic Director of SPARC, and Distinguished UCLA Professor in Department of Chicana/o Studies and World Arts and Cultures Department. She joins us to speak on…

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Rampage of Appreciation!

Words by Network Co-Founder, SusiQ Beck at the Rampage of Appreciation event culminating our community impact project and CRP Bay Area “Amor Cura” mural installation on A Street. We’ve been at work in Ashland Cherryland for over 4 years now, a grassroots, volunteer network of neighbors who believe we can re-create this neighborhood from the ground up. We’ve been putting in gardens, sharing food, hosting educational programs, funding art in the darkest corners. We’re pushing for a holistic policy approach…

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Community Rejuvenation Project Completes New Murals in Richmond’s Greenway

For Immediate Release – August 30, 2012 (Richmond, CA) – Oakland-based artist collective Community Rejuvenation Project today announced the completion of its latest mural project: nine new murals between Harbor Way and Second St., as part of the Richmond Greenway project. The murals, painted over the past four weeks, include the identifying piece “This Way to the Greenway,” as well as several pieces which continue the themes of CRP’s ongoing “Healthy Lifestyles” campaign: “Food is Medicine,” “Agua es Vida,” “Uplift,”…

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Let the Healing Begin

reposted from the Ashland Cherryland Garden & Arts Network (ACGAN) blog The Ashland Cherryland Garden & Arts Network and The Community Rejuvenation Project (CRP)  have nearly completed a week-long transformation project in South Cherryland, an unincorporated community on Hayward’s border. The blank and blighted A Street liquor store parking lot received some refreshed soil and wildflower seeds, while CRP produced yet another destination-creating mural for the East Bay. The final wall contains cultural references, sacred symbols, and meaningful characters, all of which…

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CRP “VibesUp” a new mural for the Ashland Cherryland Garden & Arts Network

For Immediate Release – 8/30/2012(Cherryland, CA) The Ashland Cherryland Garden & Arts Network hosted a week-long grassroots community impact project August 18-24th, 2012. The “VibeUp on A Street” project served to transform a well-known trouble-spot: the AAs and N&M Liquor Stores on Hayward’s A Street, at the southern gateway to Cherryland. The cornerstone of the project was a full-wall Garden District-themed mural on the building, by the Community Rejuvenation Project (crpbayarea.org). This mural was the first of an 8-mural series…

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Richmond Refinery Fire Spotlights Need for Increased Environmental Awareness

For Immediate Release – August 14, 2012 (Richmond, CA) For the past few weeks, the Community Rejuvenation Project has been hard at work at the Greenway in Richmond, part of a collaborative effort with Urban Tilth and the City of Richmond. In addition to the planting of new gardens and the creation of artcrafted benches, the project includes new murals highlighting eco-friendly themes, such as an emphasis on alternate transportation and less dependence on fossil fuels; and more plants, producing…

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