Graffiti Abatement

Cairo’s superficial clean-up brings artists out in force

The people of Cairo’s response to the whitewashing of murals and writing created during Egypt’s revolution has been very telling about the role of art in uprising. For the newly empowered authorities, the upheaval is over and there is a need to return to “order.” The people’s reaction has been far different. They want the revolutionary artwork there to inspire them and they will not allow that history to be erased. Contrast this to London’s response to MEAR ONE’s controversial…

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Modesto at the Crossroads

Councilman John Gunderson appears to have suggested something practical. Employing aerosol writers to beautify Modesto and develop a colorful, creative attraction for a city lacking in originality. There’s just one problem. He’s opposed by Councilman Dave Lopez, who is advocating for the same failed idea that has never worked! Councilman Lopez is the driving force behind Partners in Paint, “a private / public partnership in graffiti abatement.” Its unclear what sort of partnership this is, but the website is highly…

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LA Mural Ordinance Passes out of City Planning

It’s hard to tell if this is truly a victory or not. The ordinance that passed includes strange provisions such as murals can not be painted on buildings with less than two units. So single residence homes cannot have mural on them? Why not? It has yet to be determined if the final ordinance had a permit process. CRP has repeatedly argued that permit processes are too restrictive and limit the creativity of the community. Still CRP is cautiously optimistic…

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The Censoring of MEAR One

Last week, CRP covered the story of MEAR ONE’s controversial new mural in London, Freedom for Humanity. This week, we are sad to report that Tower Hamlets council is seriously considering erasing the new piece. Notice that, in the original story, the mural has now been labelled as “Anti-Semetic” in large letter, while MEAR’s response that the piece is about class and privilege is at least 3 times smaller. Nowhere in the conversation are class or privilege mentioned. It is…

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The Development of a Street Art Program in Ann Arbor

This story is important to anyone getting involved in public art and murals. On one level, it documents the process, including the bureaucracy and committees, that take place when a city decides to move forward with a public art initiative. The story also demonstrates the deep impact of “street art.” Ann Arbor is far from Miami and Art Basel but its city planners and public art commissioners have taken notice, including the use of the terms “street art” in its…

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Kansas Mural Program Transforms a Neighborhood.

For the most part, the approach used here by Kansas City reflects the values pushed by the Community Rejuvenation Project. CRP believes in community engagement, social relevance and positive messaging in the works, and reflecting the neighborhood residents in its work. We also like to concentrate in a specific area and transform multiple locations to maximize the impact of our work, in the same way that this program did. We believe that the city, state and county governments need to…

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Deconstructing the Mural Permit Bureaucracy Challenge.

Yet another debate about the validity of aerosol culture. In this case, a property owner commissioned a mural on her property with a positive message, “Community.” In an effort to adhere more to bureaucracy than community values and basic common sense, the city of Duncan is debating whether or not the owner should be fined and the mural should be destroyed because she did not get a permit.¬† Permit processes are one of several bureaucratic attempts to silence creativity. By…

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Innovation: Century Debuts Glass Mural

The Community Rejuvenation Project is alway on the look for innovative new processes for mural-making and powerful new methods to express our message. Century’s new glass mural is an example of a creative concept that incorporates techniques that CRP has been studying such as layering. As we continue to research and develop our own approaches, we want to bring you the other fresh ideas that artists are applying!   Century College instructors Neil Johnston and John Kothera designed the new…

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The Corporate Media’s Response to Mear One’s latest piece on the Banking Elite

The power of public art and particularly the aerosol tradition has been its ability to spark dialogue. This piece by MEARone is an excellent example of how strong a piece can impact and community. MEAR’s story of his interactions with the community tells an insightful¬†tale of his experience painting a mural that sparks such a conversation with neighborhood residents. The response to the mural is also equally telling. A business website posted several articles accusing MEAR of being anti-Semitic and…

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