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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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Murderers’ Mural Was Censored by NYPD

By Farran Powell and Carla Zanoni (originally posted on July 26, 2012) DNAinfo New York Staff INWOOD — The NYPD dispatched cops with paintbrushes to cover up a controversial mural on the side of an Inwood business Tuesday, after approaching the owner with concerns about its message, DNAinfo.com New York has learned. A pair of plainclothes officers arrived at New Edition Cleaners at 4929 Broadway at 11 a.m. Tuesday, armed with buckets of black paint, rollerbrushes and drop cloths, and…

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History of Mural Destruction: Chicago – Alderman Balcer vs. Gabriel Villa 2009

Reprinted from the Huffington Post 06/16/09 View more news videos at: http://www.nbcchicago.com/video. A provocative and apparently legal Bridgeport mural depicting police surveillance boxes was painted over Friday by order of Ald. Jim Balcer (11th), NBC Chicago reports. Artist Gabriel Villa painted an image of three police surveillance boxes adorned with a deer head, a human skull and Christ on the cross on the wall of a neighborhood tavern and liquor store near 31st and Morgan at the request of a…

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The 8th Street Fence in Progress

CRP is blasting out its tenth mural in Richmond this summer. Yesterday, we were visited by Mayor Gayle McGlaughlin and her husband, Paul, on their day off. They were riding their bikes along the Greenway and stopped by. Today, Toody Maher of Pogo Park stopped by. She has been a huge supporter. Thanks Toody! These are a few photos that she took.

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A Mural Installation Isn’t a Weapon of Mass Reproduction

In an effort to bring attention to the issues around murals CRP is posting relevant articles and statements by muralists to further represent the muralists’ perspectives. This article is reprinted from the SPARC website by Ed Fuentes on July 24, 2012 11:35 AM From an art culture that uses political content to drive its narrative, a demonstration of animosity was no surprise. It was to be expected that some Los Angeles muralists act out the defiance of David Alfaro Siqueiros, whose “America Tropical”…

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