2010 PROJECTS IN PHOTOS
Rejuvenation is a photo anthology of the 2010 murals of the Community Rejuvenation Project (CRP). A grassroots collective of volunteer artists, the CRP created over 30 murals in one year in Oakland, San Francisco, Seattle and New Mexico. The anthology traces the creation of multi-mural arts districts and cultural corridors in Oakland and recounts the colorful experiences of the artists in some the city's most diverse neighborhoods.
Our finest product are beautiful community-created murals that brighten the landscape and honor the local residents. We complement our murals with neighborhood clean-ups, block parties, landscaping and garden installations. We create murals near abandoned lots and work with local residents and food justice organizations to transform the lots into community gardens. Our program employs youth and artists who document our projects through journalism, photography and video. We produce a full-color magazine, S.W.E.A.R, and maintain a website with multimedia updates on our latest projects. We conduct surveys of residents of the neighborhood to gather information and history to make our projects relevant as well as to measure the impact of our work. Our approach offers a cost effective solution to urban blight that reduces recidivist vandalism while enhancing community ownership and providing new avenues for vocational training along with artist and youth employment.