Community Art Program

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 form of a question many years ago from her maternal grandmother, Francisca. An indigenous woman born in Mexico during the revolution, Francisca was a spiritual…

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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 like there is a shortage of talent. BART officials, notoriously out-of-touch with community, claimed that sufficient local outreach was conducted. Still, el Tecolote reports that…

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Water Activated Mural?? Check this out…

Artist Adam Niklewicz’s Pearl Street Replication Of Historic Tree On Side Of Former Hartford Synagogue There’s a new mural in downtown Hartford, on the side of a building on Pearl Street. Just go to Bin 228 Winebar, cross the street and walk through the alley between TheaterWorks and the now-vacant former synagogue. Turn to your left and look up at the old brick surface of the synagogue. That faded thing is brand new? Yes: Just wait until you see it wet. Adam Niklewicz’s…

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Tunisian artist paints minaret, fights intolerance

Arabic is one of the most beautiful written languages. Aerosol writers such as Lavie Raven have been writing aerosol calligraphy in non-phonetic letters since the 90s. It is even more powerful when the movement is led by native writers of the language. This is the international (r)evolution of letters that is taking place around the world!  (CNN) — Fine Arabic calligraphy and street art may seem worlds apart, but for artist eL Seed, they’re one and the same thing. eL Seed, a…

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Cairo’s Aerosol Revolutionaries Reclaim Wall

Here is more on the battle between aerosol rebels and the authorities in Egypt. This speaks to the importance of unsanctioned writing in speaking truth to power. The aerosol movement has proven dangerous to the powers that be because it cannot be censored until after it has been written. It cannot be stopped. It can only be suppressed. We have seen the heavy handed response to aerosol writing in the United States through the increase in criminal sentencing from 2…

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Egyptian authorities remove Mohamed Mahmoud’s revolutionary aerosol writing

This is an interesting perspective on unsanctioned writing. It is powerful that so many in the community became attached to this piece. Once again, the buff is used to censor revolutionary perspectives that empower the people. Aerosol writing covering the walls of Cairo’s iconic Mohamed Mahmoud Street off Tahrir Square was removed one again by Egyptian authorities on Wednesday. The street, which has seen some of the most intense clashes between protesters and police since the start of last year’s…

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CRP’s “Art Facts” Exhibit at La Pena Places Spotlight on Mural Collective’s Versatility and Vision

For Immediate Release – September 24, 2012 (Berkeley, CA) – With more than 100 completed murals in the last three years, Oakland-based artist collective Community Rejuvenation Project have put their stamp on public art in the East Bay. But “Art Facts,” a new gallery exhibit currently showing at Berkeley’s La Pena Cultural Center, shows a different side to the well-respected street art crew. Consisting of mixed-media pieces, canvases, tryptyches, photographs, etchings, prints and collages, the “Art Facts” show is a…

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Urban Art-Fitters to beautify downtown alleys

Here is an exciting project taking place in El Paso. It is a beautiful collaboration between artists, property owners and the community. The realization that murals create an attractive neighborhood is powerful. The transformation is powerful and deep when everyone in the area gets behind it. We see this in large cities as well as places that you would never expect, like the Art Alley in downtown Rapid City. Segundo Barrio is famous for its murals; the 79901 area is…

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Street artist feels heat of Edmonton’s zero-tolerance policy

The first half of this article comes off as a fluff piece on a clever but goofy young toy named Fish. But hidden in this story is an important policy issue that is highly problematic (We’ve bolded where the paragraph where it starts to get interesting). Edmonton police have begin erasing anything that they deem “graffiti,” regardless of whether or not the artist had permission. We’ve witnessed this issue closer to home, in Richmond CA, where the city policy declared…

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Promoting community art projects

  \“NAKAKAIN BA ang art? (Can art be eaten?) Does art really improve our quality of life?” With these words Professor Acel German begins her lecture at the good governance class for barangay officials at the Pimentel Center for Good Governance at the University of Makati (U/Mak). A UNIVERSITY of Makati and Gawad Kalinga art collaboration in Baseco, Manila. The institute was put up by the U/Mak when Senator Aquilino Pimentel, Jr. ended decades of sterling public service in 2010. It…

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