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Clarion Alley Murals, San Francisco

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Throughout its history Clarion Alley Mural Project (CAMP) has used public art as a force for those who are marginalized and a place where culture and dignity speak louder than the rules of private property or a lifestyle that puts profit before compassion, respect, and social justice.

Clarion Alley runs one block (560 ft long and 15 ft. wide) in San Francisco's inner Mission District between 17th & 18th and Mission and Valencia streets. Clarion Alley Mural Project (CAMP) was established in 1992 by a volunteer collective of six residents/ artists - Aaron Noble, Rigo 92, Sebastiana Pator, Michael O'Connor, Mary Gail Snyder, and Arcely Soriano - who were inspired by the murals of Balmy Alley that began in the mid-80's as an expression of artists' outrage over human rights and political abuses in Central America and focused on Central American social struggles.

However, CAMP did not choose a single theme and instead focused on the two goals of social inclusiveness and aesthetic variety. As a result CAMP has produced over 700 murals on and around Clarion Alley by artists of all ethnicities, ages, and levels of experience, with an emphasis on emerging artists, new styles and a social justice framework. Additionally, CAMP has produced large-scale projects off-site, including the Redstone Labor Temple Project and Sama-Sama/Together an international exchange and residency with artists from Yogyakarta Indonesia.

Other organizers of CAMP over the years include Diego Diaz, Vince Oresman, Carolyn CastaƱo, Permi Gill, Kate Ellis, Maya Hayuk, Jonathan Parra, Jen Bowman, Megan Wilson, Andrew Schoultz, Ivy Jeanne McClelland, Jet Martinez, CUBA, Daniel Doherty, Antonio Roman-Alcala, Jet Martinez, Kelly Ording, Mary Scott, Tauba Auerbach, Ania Wasiutynski, and K2.

Today CAMP's organizers include:

Megan Wilson, Christopher Statton, Mike Reger, Ivy Jeanne McClelland, Jose V. Guerra Awe, Erin Amelia Ruch, Erin Feller, David Petrelli, Jamila Keba, and Susan Greene.
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  • There are many amazing murals in the Mission District in San Francisco One of those places is Clarion Alley Murals We walked down the alley and enjoyed seeing the art.  more »
  • This is street art at its best - the alleyway is full of vibrant and expressive murals, and the variety is in a constant state of flux, as new ones are being painted on top of old ones, and on and on....  more »

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