Youth in Development

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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St. Petersburg and the Growing Mural Movement

This article is an interesting combination of both the beauty and difficulty found in the mural movement, not just in St. Petersburg but throughout the US and the world. On one hand, murals are becoming more accepted and acknowledged as benefiting the community and aerosol writers are being recognized as for their contributions to neighborhood beautification. On the other hand, aspiring muralists are working for cheap or free to create their works and their personal contribution of time and labor…

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Clarion Alley Turns 20!

Clarion Alley has been a fixture of the Mission Murals for the past 20 years. CRP is proud to have a small piece done in 2010 in the alley and congratulates Clarion for 20 years of great art! <iframe src=”http://player.vimeo.com/video/51715787″ width=”500″ height=”281″ frameborder=”0″ webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe> It’s been said that Clarion Alley has achieved what other mural projects in the Mission District fought for. Other murals fought racism; Clarion offered wall space for artists and non-artists alike, spanning all ethnicities…

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Chicano Park and the Transformative Power of Murals

Chicano Park is legendary! It is a true home of creativity and history. This park is an example of the power that murals have on a community, the lasting impact of creativity and how murals have created a historic attraction that people from around the world travel to see. No one travels to see graffiti abatement. No one goes out of their way to see a blank wall. In fact, no one really notices a blank wall. People avoid patchy…

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Pilsen and the Art in Public Spaces Initiative

CRP has been taking a close look at Danny Solis’ initiative, Art in Public Spaces. This program has all the makings of a good idea. It is an an antivandalism initiative that’s intended to control and limit defacement of public property. It points out the former Mayor, Richard J. Daley, spent millions of dollars on costly and ineffective Graffiti Blasters. However, CRP has two concerns. First, it appears, according to this article, that Solis has only spent $13,000, which brings up…

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