Clarion Alley Mural Project’s 25th Anniversary! Block Party
Saturday October 21st
12pm – 10pm
Press contact: [email protected]
Poster by Doug Rhodes
Since 1998 Clarion Alley Mural Project (CAMP) has been hosting an annual Block Party. Organized without corporate sponsorship, the event features live music, street performance, film and video projections, children’s activities and surprises to benefit the neighborhood-based, all volunteer-run project. The party attracts over a thousand people each year to our tiny little alley and has been acclaimed the party of the year by many in attendance.
This year’s band line up:
Shellshag, 50 Million, Pins of Light, Badr Vogu, Equipto & Old Soul Kollective, CCR Headcleaner, Alia Sharrief, Future Twin feat. Thea Matthews, Younger Lovers, Moria Scar, Bitter Fruit, Remnants, Nobby Styles, Goop, Grosero, Libby Schaaf’s Guillotine, Ripe Species, and Stranger Than Fact – plus Txutxo Perez DJing between sets!
Clarion Alley Mural Project (clarionalleymuralproject.org) mission is to support, produce, and curate socially engaging and aesthetically diverse art as a grassroots community based, artist run organization. Throughout its history, 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 in San Francisco’s Mission District between 17th and 18th and Mission and Valencia Streets.
In the early years, the permitting was affordable for CAMP to cover – something like $75 total. As the city has become more and more gentrified, the expenses and bureaucratic red tape required to host the event have become prohibitive for organizations like ours. The block party is not only to raise funds, but to bring together the neighborhood in a place where we have devoted so many hours to make a beautiful and politically strong voice in the community, no one is ever turned away for lack of funds. Recently, as Clarion Alley has been receiving more and more attention – receiving over a quarter of a million visitors annually – our volunteers’ energy has been pulled away from organizing the block party and focused more on curating the space as a critical platform for social/political messaging as well as maintaining the murals from the increase in graffiti and tags.
We are reaching out to the community looking for support in producing what has become a culturally important event in a rapidly changing city. Currently we are looking for:
- Sound equipment – PA’s, cords, mics
- Stage managers
- Volunteers to help set up, work tables at Mission and Valencia Street entrances, and clean up.
- Rugs for use as “stages” on the street
- Monetary donations (tax-deductible) to help us cover up front costs: permits, port-a-potty rentals, etc..
Please contact [email protected] to help out!