Oakland Mural Program

Mister F.A.B.’s New “Generation Lost” Video Featuring CRP Murals

We just got a phone call from our partner Martin telling us that some of our murals were in Mister F.A.B.’s new video, “Generation Lost.” We had no idea that we had literally filmed almost half of the video in front of the Madre Maiz mural that we did on People’s Grocery earlier this year. For anyone who has been living under a rock for the past 15 years, Mister F.A.B. is a legend in Bay Area hip-hop. Notorious for…

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More on Toronto’s “Graffiti Panel”

Reading the comments made by the panel below illustrates how hideous this process really is. The decision of whether or not keep a piece is purely a matter of discretion, with no standards in place. There is no requirement that the committee be at all versed in the aerosol culture nor do they consider the property owner’s request that the pieces remain. There is no consideration to the historical relevance of the artist or the piece. Instead you have comments…

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CRP at Oakland’s First Fridays

CRP artists Riot 505, Release, Mike 360, Pancho and Desi W.O.M.E collaborated on a new piece entitled “Wake Up – Take Off Your Blinders” as part of November’s First Friday Art Explosion, a monthly artwalk and street festival which attracts tens of thousands of people to downtown Oakland every month. Riot 505 provided the design for the piece, based on a graphic concept that he was working on. The new work focuses on the awakening of the consciousness through awareness and…

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Toronto and Mural Protections by Committee

Toronto has begun its implementation of a committee approval process to protect legal works done with Spray Paint. While many will see this is as a positive pro-active measure, it is inherently flawed for several reasons. First, and most important, the artwork was ALREADY LEGAL!! Why does the government need to legalize a mural that was already done with the owner’s consent and paid for by the same owner? Large-scale pieces of work that the artists worked on for hours…

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DADO – Italian Aerosol Master

DADO is truly a special artist with a deep history. One of the original aerosol writers in Bologna, DADO and partner RUSTY had a major impact on Italian writing culture. DADO built a strong relationship with aerosol pioneer P.H.A.S.E.2 and studied the original history of writing. P.H.A.S.E.2 had a powerful impact on DADO’s style which you can see reflected in the complexity of DADO’s work. DADO recently hosted CRP artists Desi W.O.M.E and RELEASE, who were in Bologna to create a…

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Toronto’s “Graffiti” Protections: A Step Backward or Forward?

This is is a really interesting article on Toronto’s new policy toward the protection of “graffiti.” On one hand, we can commend that Toronto is stepping up to create protections for artwork that may not have been authorized, but that the community and the property owner want to keep. We strongly commend them for this goal. It is common sense that artwork that a property owner wants on their property should be protected from city vandalism and removal. Vandalism should…

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International Connections: Murals that Cross Borders

This project and programs like it show us some of the real power of murals to connect communities. This is a particularly exciting project because it is crossing a very literal border and connecting communities in the US and Mexico. This story also speaks to the work that muralists do to be muralists; the community engagement, the hours of making and maintaining contacts for projects, the struggles to stay consistently funded, and the need to address real powerful complex issues…

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Hunts Point Youth Paint Vision for Healthy Community

CRP is proud to be connected to The Point CDC in Hunts Point, the Bronx. The Point is home to the legendary aerosol muralists, TATS Cru as well as numerous programs that are working to build a healthy neighborhood in the midst of an industrial food desert. The Visions of a Healthy Community shares so much of CRP’s philosophy it was necessary to highlight the program on our blog. Several youth participated in the program, discussing what healthy communities look…

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San Juan’s First Street Art Festival

Looking at the powerful new works from the San Juan Street Art Festival tells the tale that the world is in a Renaissance of creativity. Everywhere you turn, entire districts of new artwork are being created in urban centers across the earth. Seeing the works in San Juan, Miami, Valparaiso, Barcelona, Auckland, Toronto and Bologna shows that power that murals can have to help define and redefine community. Politicians and city officials with intelligence have recognized the power of artwork…

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Tribute to Howard Mallory

Howard Mallory was an early pioneer in the modern public art movement in Chicago and an important player in the Black mural movement that happened on the south and west sides. He participated in the painting of the Wall of Respect on 43rd and Langley, a pivotal piece in Chicago’s public art scene. He was also well known for his sculptures, masks, pots and ceramics. Back when “Power to the people” and “Right on” were part of a new lexicon…

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