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CRP, #SupportMalonga Coalition Announce Mediation Agreement With Bay Development

In Fall 2015, the Community Rejuvenation Project (CRP) completed the Alice St. Mural, after two years of work. The mural reflected a new model for community engagement—dozens of interviews with cultural practitioners and neighborhood residents were completed—and represented a successful application of the city of Oakland’s underutilized anti-blight mural fund. Yet just a few months after a dynamic, rousing block party activated what had been a nondescript parking lot, word came that the lot was planned for development. The proposed…

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CRP Artists Featured in New Art Exhibition, “The Modern Animist”

CRP artist Pancho Peskador and Communications Director Eric Arnold are among a group of talented artists featured in “The Modern Animist,”   a new exhibit at Oakland’s SomaR bar, which opens Thursday, Sept. 11 and runs until October 18. Curated by Joanne Ludwig, the exhibit “honors our oneness by illustrating our connection to both nature and spirit. “The term animism is derived from the Latin word anima meaning breath, life or soul. The animist believes that non-human entities possess a spiritual essence.…

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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 albums “Midnight Marauders” and “93 Til Infinity,” Graffiti Blasters – the name sounds like a lightweight racist take on the term “ghetto blaster” – became…

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