Community Murals

Legendary Musicians

CRP has been inspired by the works of many seminal musical artists. Commemorating then in paint is a good way to acknowledge their amazing contributions. [nggallery id=4]

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Healthy Living

One of the most consistent messages in CRP’s artwork is living healthy. Whether it is through exercise such as biking, breaking, or dance; or through growing one’s own food, CRP strives to make the connection between culture and subsistence in all of its work. CRP has created bike murals for the Brown Berets’ Bike Shack in Watsonville and Richmond Spokes. On Diego’s Power Alley Gym, CRP emphasized the connection between Mind, Body and Spirit. On the Peace and Dignity mural…

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Blight Reduction in Oakland

Blight in and of itself is bad enough. But longstanding problems surrounding the city’s much-maligned Building Services department—which include a noncompetitive bidding process for city contracts, exorbitant fees charged to property owners, and little to no community oversight or involvement in the process—only make matters worse.

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Why Murals Beats the Buff

Despite graffiti’s noble origins in rebellion and its evolution into elaborate calligraphy which has set the trends in art and culture for four decades, the mainstream view is that graffiti tagging — the root signatures from this movement — represents an eyesore.

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Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Project

In 2009, CRP was commissioned through Lao Family Community Development to work with 30 employed youth for a six week summer project. The project cleaned-up 150 blocks of trash, painted 5 murals, threw 4 block parties, surveyed the community, and took over 5,000 photos from which they created a 28 page full-color magazine. Three of the large scale murals were created on the Foothill Cultural Corridor.

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Fremont / Foothill Cultural Corridor

Since 2003, CRP artists have created over 15 murals along Foothill Boulevard in East Oakland, including the creation of a mural arts districts near Fremont High School which includes murals on the surrounding blocks such as Bond and Bancroft. CRP Director Desi W.O.M.E arranged for the entire block between 45th and 46th Avenues to be painted on multiple occasions, last as part of the Summer Youth Employment program in 2009. Other murals on Foothill include “Flux53” (formerly the Egypt Theater), “Shiva Shakti” (one block away from Flux 53) and the “Mind, Body, Spirit mural for Diego’s Power Alley Gym on Avenal.”

In the summer of 2011, CRP continued its “Healthy Lifestyles” campaign through a large-scale commission in the shared cafeteria serving all five schools in the Fremont Federation. CRP painted images of cultural practitioners, gardeners, athletes and youth with affirmations and encouragement for the students.

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All-City Mural Project

Based on the success of 2010′s Peace and Dignity Mural Monument, CRP is creating a series of large-scale murals spanning the entire city of Oakland. Unfortunately, two murals commissioned by the City to improve blighted neighborhoods in East Oakland, originally slated for Summer 2012, were put on hiatus after the state of California eliminated its Redevelopment Agency, which the City of Oakland used to fund the project; CRP is currently organizing a neighborhood advocacy campaign to ensure funding for these murals is restored. The other projects are moving forward: CRP and People’s Grocery will be partnering to paint the entire building housing PG’s operations at 7th and Market. CRP will be creating an arts district centering around San Pablo and Alcatraz in North Oakland through a series of five murals. Finally, CRP will be creating a large-scale mural in downtown with Bay Area Legal Aid.

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