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Venice Art Walls avoid closure with help of non-profits

Venice Beach is home to one of the oldest and most well-known legal walls for aerosol culture. Its is similar to the “free walls,” which are basically a spray paint free-for-all, with the important exception. It has a curator. In the past, aerosol writers regulated the production on walls by a simple code that if you intended to paint over another person’s work, the quality of the new piece had to be equal or superior to the previous work. Failure to…

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Ald. Danny Solis paying Muralists to repaint to remake 1.5 mile stretch of 16th Street in Pilsen

The Pilsen neighborhood in Chicago has a long history of Xicano artwork and murals. It is home to the National Mexican Museum of Art. A primarily Mexican community for many years, many people have been displaced by gentrification by the University of Illinois at Chicago, who bought up the entire Maxwell Street area on the other side of the tracks and converted it into bourgeois housing for its students. Pilsen has also been a target for development with the emergence of…

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Harlem Rejuvenated by Colorful, Eye Catching Output of Youth in Summer Jobs Program

Although the Community Rejuvenation Project was formed in 2005, it didn’t take off until the summer of 2009, when Elijah Pfotenhauer, Desi W.O.M.E and Mike 360 created five major murals (including 3 whole building pieces) in East Oakland with 30 youth employment through a summer program. CRP just completed another summer youth employment project on the Greenway in Richmond this summer. This article is another testament to the importance of harnessing the creativity of youth to brighten and transform communities.…

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More on the Chinese Consulate’s Attack on Pro-Tibet / Taiwan Mural

CRP has been closely following the unfolding drama in Corvallis CA. The Chinese consulate has been caught in a case of long-distance censorship, attempting to silence calls for Taiwan and Tibet’s independence and a cease in the brutal repression of their people. This situation speaks to the responsibilities and challenges faced by public artists. There are too many cases when public art (and the arts in general), when the artist criticizes are government or corporation and their work is erased…

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More on the Chinese Consul Mural Debacle

As reported earlier this week, Chinese consuls from the San Francisco office recently made the startling ill-judged decision to try and strong-arm a small Oregon town into forcing a local businessman to remove a pro-Tibet mural. Here, Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio slams the consuls on the floor of the House of Representatives for not only interfering in the domestic affairs of another country but also for being generally ignorant about the law of the country they work in. I’m shocked, and appalled, that apparently…

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How Mural Arts’ Restorative Justice Program is Reclaiming Lives and Restoring Communities

CRP has long been interested in how mural projects can be alternatives to the criminal (in)justice system. CRP has a long-term vision of providing vocational training and employment for  youth reentering society from Juvenile Hall. CRP is preparing to do a series of murals highlighting restorative justice issues as well as actively serving as a holistic solution. This article tells the story of one of the most established restorative justice mural programs, found in Philadelphia.   There are 3,773 murals…

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Siqueiros Mural Restoration in the Midst of LA’s Mural Moratorium

CRP has been following the controversial LA mural moratorium and ensuing policy debate since it began. In the midst of this struggle to create protections for public art, this story has emerged surrounding the $9.5 million restoration of a work by legendary muralist, David Alfaro Siqueiros. There is an interesting juxtaposition between the deserved reverence of this original master and the persecution of the legions of muralists that followed in his footsteps. América Tropical, the only surviving public mural by…

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City rebuffs Chinese consulate’s request to force removal of controversial painting

Building owner David Lin has no plans to remove a mural promoting independence for Tibet and Taiwan, despite pressure from the Chinese government. (Andy Cripe | Corvallis Gazette-Times) City rebuffs consulate’s request to force removal of controversial painting Citing “strong resentment from the local Chinese community,” the Chinese government has asked the city of Corvallis to force a Taiwanese-American businessman to remove a mural advocating independence for Taiwan and Tibet from his downtown building. But city leaders say the mural…

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Hip-Hop Congress sponsors Festival and New Mural on Sept. 22 in Rockford

Originally posted here. ROCKFORD (WIFR) — A hip-hop festival is coming to Rockford, as a local non-profit works to educate the community through music and art. It’s a story you told us about on Facebook. “We’re hoping to commemorate obviously those musicians and bring some color and something that visually interesting for people to look at so that they neighborhood can appreciate it,” said Corey Hagberg. A hip-hop mural will be part of the event, which is hosted by the Rockford chapter…

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Los Angeles Dept of City Planning MURAL ORDINANCE HEARING (OCT. 11)

reposted from the Facebook event page By Sonji Mariposa, Raul Gonzalez and Vanessa Acuna The date of the Mural Ordinance Hearing has been changed from September 13 to October 11. Please mark you calenders accordingly.. On this day the dept of Planning will be meeting yet again to vote on the proposed Mural Ordinance, before passing it to the City Council. October 11, 2012 8:30am ROOM (not set), City Hall 200 N. Spring Street Los Angeles, CA 90012Our city is bombarded with billboards and…

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