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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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New Murals in Richmond’s Greenway (Oakland Post)

Artist works on Greeway mural. Oakland-based artist collective Community Rejuvenation Project (CRP) has announced the completion of its latest art project: nine new murals between Harbor Way and Second St. in the Richmond Greenway. The murals, painted over the past four weeks, include the identifying piece “This Way to the Greenway,” as well as several pieces which continue the themes of CRP’s ongoing “Healthy Lifestyles” campaign: “Food is Medicine,” “Agua es Vida,” “Uplift,” and a portrait of Major Taylor, the…

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CRP Artists Prominently Featured in “Art on the Greenway,” opening Sept. 22 at the Richmond Art Center

For Immediate Release – September 20, 2012 (Richmond, CA) Artists from Oakland-based mural art collective Community Rejuvenation Project are spotlighted in “Art on the Greenway,” a new exhibition of paintings and photographs celebrating the City of Richmond’s 2012 Neighborhood Public Art Program. The exhibit, which runs until Oct. 9, documents one of Richmond’s most inspired collaborative public art programs to date, and is the culmination of a months-long effort to transform the Greenway, a former railroad track turned bike and…

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Artists, Musicians and Bernal Community Residents Protest Destruction Of Victor Jara Mural

CRP has always been a strong advocate for mural protections. This story illustrates both the community’s love for murals and the history that they represent as well as the need for protections against murals being destroyed. Most muralists are not aware of the Visual Artists Rights Act (VARA) and the scope of legal protections already in place for muralists. This story is especially relevant to us because it is a local issue. Murals related to the Chilean community seem to…

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Precita Eyes Hold 35th Anniversary Celebration

Precita Eyes is one of oldest and most amazing community mural organizations in the country. Based in the Mission district of San Francisco, Precita Eyes’ impact has been felt throughout the Bay Area. Precita Eyes has been supportive of the aerosol culture. This should be a powerful event and you can check it out after you visit CRP’s opening at the Richmond Art Center.

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At Harlem Hospital, Murals Get a New Life

The WPA murals reflect more than the just a time when the arts flourished. They also demonstrate the way that arts have been integral in creating a thriving economy as well as defining culture in historical periods. WPA murals put a lot of artists to work and created something powerful and lasting. These ideas have slowly been lost as the US government continues to focus its support onto the military and prison industrial complexes. There are alternatives to building an…

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CRP Artist Release Paints Vertical Elevator Shaft

In the world of visual, aerosol-based art, there’s the conventional, and then there’s the amazing. Recently, Release – a member of Oakland-based mural art collective Community Rejuvenation Project – accomplished the latter, painting a 30-foot tall vertical piece in a warehouse elevator shaft. Inspired by painting two outlines by aerosol legend Phase 2, the artwork upholds tradition and innovation at the same time. This highly unconventional–and possibly unprecedented–feat breaks the mold of typical horizontal art pieces and stands as a…

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San Jose and the Privatization of Abatement

CRP has been following and researching graffiti abatement policy for many years. One of the trends in the field of graffiti abatement has been the privatization of abatement and the outsourcing of abatement contracts from city Public Works agencies to private corporations. This short article is particularly interesting because the city of San Jose has outsourced its abatement services to Graffiti Abatement Coatings, who also makes graffiti removal products. One important point to note is that the city was forced…

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