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Tunisian artist paints minaret, fights intolerance

Arabic is one of the most beautiful written languages. Aerosol writers such as Lavie Raven have been writing aerosol calligraphy in non-phonetic letters since the 90s. It is even more powerful when the movement is led by native writers of the language. This is the international (r)evolution of letters that is taking place around the world!  (CNN) — Fine Arabic calligraphy and street art may seem worlds apart, but for artist eL Seed, they’re one and the same thing. eL Seed, a…

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Cairo’s Aerosol Revolutionaries Reclaim Wall

Here is more on the battle between aerosol rebels and the authorities in Egypt. This speaks to the importance of unsanctioned writing in speaking truth to power. The aerosol movement has proven dangerous to the powers that be because it cannot be censored until after it has been written. It cannot be stopped. It can only be suppressed. We have seen the heavy handed response to aerosol writing in the United States through the increase in criminal sentencing from 2…

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Egyptian authorities remove Mohamed Mahmoud’s revolutionary aerosol writing

This is an interesting perspective on unsanctioned writing. It is powerful that so many in the community became attached to this piece. Once again, the buff is used to censor revolutionary perspectives that empower the people. Aerosol writing covering the walls of Cairo’s iconic Mohamed Mahmoud Street off Tahrir Square was removed one again by Egyptian authorities on Wednesday. The street, which has seen some of the most intense clashes between protesters and police since the start of last year’s…

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CRP’s “Art Facts” Exhibit at La Pena Places Spotlight on Mural Collective’s Versatility and Vision

For Immediate Release – September 24, 2012 (Berkeley, CA) – With more than 100 completed murals in the last three years, Oakland-based artist collective Community Rejuvenation Project have put their stamp on public art in the East Bay. But “Art Facts,” a new gallery exhibit currently showing at Berkeley’s La Pena Cultural Center, shows a different side to the well-respected street art crew. Consisting of mixed-media pieces, canvases, tryptyches, photographs, etchings, prints and collages, the “Art Facts” show is a…

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Urban Art-Fitters to beautify downtown alleys

Here is an exciting project taking place in El Paso. It is a beautiful collaboration between artists, property owners and the community. The realization that murals create an attractive neighborhood is powerful. The transformation is powerful and deep when everyone in the area gets behind it. We see this in large cities as well as places that you would never expect, like the Art Alley in downtown Rapid City. Segundo Barrio is famous for its murals; the 79901 area is…

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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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