This year – 2017 – celebrates Clarion Alley Mural Project’s (CAMP) 25th Anniversary. So much has changed from our humble, scrappy beginnings when Mission District residents and artists Aaron Noble, Rigo 92, Tiana Pasztor, Mary Gail Snyder, Michael O’Connor, and Arcely Soriano decided to reach out to neighbors, businesses, and community elders to ask for their support to begin painting on the walls of Clarion Alley. Their notion, as told by Rigo 23 was that they didn’t want to go far from the city a few days out of the year to be really free and have a lot of fun, they wanted to be free and have a lot of fun right where they lived all the time.
Following several months of fundraising events, community outreach, and selecting artists, the first murals by Scott Williams, Tiana Pasztor, Isis Rodriguez, Mari Kono, and QR Hand, among others went up on Clarion Alley as part of the community effort to bring artists and neighbors together to connect with one another. It was a success, and over several years CAMP was able to gain permission from each of the property owners on the alley to allow the façade of their building to be painted as part of CAMP.
The evolution of the project 1992 – 2017 has been one of incredible successes:
- The initial transformation of the alley to a space filled with murals – color, as well as the City’s first black and white murals with a full range of styles and content – as a collective community effort;
- Over 700 murals created over 25 years by more than 500 artists on Clarion Alley, as well as off-site projects;
- CAMP’s annual Block Party that has been organized without corporate sponsorship and features live music, street performance, film and video projections, children’s activities since 1998;
- The Labor Temple Project in the Red Stone Building at 16th and Capp streets that includes a series of labor-inspired murals by Aaron Noble, Rigo 97, Susan Greene, Sebastiana Pastor, Isis Rodriguez, Chuck Sperry, Barry McGee, Carolyn Castaño, Ruby Neri, John Fadeff, Scott Williams, and Matt Day;
- The International exchange project, Sama-sama/Together through which six artists from SF (Aaron Noble, Andrew Schoultz, Alicia McCarthy, Carolyn Castaño, Carolyn Ryder Cooley, and Megan Wilson) completed a 6-week residency in Yogykarta, Indonesia and 4 artists from Yogykarta (Arie Dyanto, Arya Panjalu, Nano Warsono, and Samuel Indratma) completed an 8-week residency in SF painting murals, installing exhibitions, and participating in public dialogues;
- CAMP’s support of over 500 artists;
- CAMP receives over 200,000 visitors annually;
- CAMP launched its first Website www.ClarionAlleyMuralProject.org in 2016;
- CAMP finally received its own 501c3 non-profit status in 2017;
- CAMP’s ongoing collaborations with our many neighbors and community partners; and
- CAMP’s active work in support of social, economic, and environmental justice.
CAMP has worked with the following artists over the past 25 years:
Brad K. Alder; Rene Amini; Anti Eviction Mapping Project; APEX; AQUA; Tim Armstrong; Anthony G; ATOM; Tauba Auerbach; Jose Guerra Awe; Saif Azzuz; Bahama Kangaroo; Bay Baes; David Benzler; Amy Berk; BFK; BIGFOOT; BLIS; James Bode; Mark Bode; Chaos 938; Chor Boogie; Vichian Boonmeemak; Emily Butterfly; Chuy Jesús Campusano; Carolyn Castaño; Cecil; CK1; Codit, Scott Cowgill; Ryder Cooley; Andy Cox; George Crampton; DAGON; Diana Cristales-David; Shaghayegh Cyrous; Ethan Allen Davis; BEMS; Bryan Dawson & Rogelio Martinez & Sayaka Tagawa; Diamond Dave; Matt Day; Eric Derail; DESIE; Elinor Diamond; DNO; Daniel Doherty; Emory Douglas; DRT; Christianne Dugan, DX; Arie Dyanto; Ezra Eismont; Emily (Butterfly); EON 75; ESA; ESPO; ESTRIA; EURO; Yuka Ezoe; John Fadeff; Farhansiki; Erin Feller; Julio Flores and Luis Lule; Pablo Fonseca de Pinho; FREE; Friends’ School; Amilca Fuentes/American Indian Movement Youth Council; Shaghayegh Cyrous; C. Gazaleh; J Garcia; GIANT; Corrina Goldblatt; Danny Gotimer; Chris Granillo; Susan Greene; Ruben Guzman; QR Hand (poem); Chad Hasegawa; Maya Hayuk; Art Hazelwood; Heart 101; Cliff Hengst; Ron Hennegler; Crystal Hermman; Max Hermann; Marisa Hernandez; Scott Hewicker; Horizons Unlimited (class taught by Carolyn Castaño and Amy Berk); Horea; Mia Houlberg; Scott Hove; Kenneth Huerta; Victor Hugo; Samuel Indratama; IVY; Roisin Isner; Marisa Jahn; Xylor Jane; Mario Joel; Chris Johansen; K2; Jamila Keba; Saroun Khan; Keith Knight; Mari Kono; LANGO; Locust; Vatos Revere Life; Michael Loggins and Jamie Morgan; LUCHA; LUNO; Chris Lux; MACE; Scott MacLeod; Carlos Madriz; Mark Martin; Jet Martinez; Alicia McCarthy; Barry McGee (TWIST); Jessica Miller; Julie Murray; Natel; Victor Navarette; Ruby Neri (Reminisce); Nite Owl; Aaron Noble; Sirron Norris; Ivan Nunez; Oasis For Girls (Sierra Bloomer, Micaiah Caplong, Su Mei Mai, Sunum Mobin, Nancy Salcedo, Amber Sanchez, Jennifer Tse, Lily Zhen); OKAE; Naoki Onodera; Onomy; OOPS; Kelly Ording; Arya Panjalu; PastTime; Sebastiana Pastor/La Casa de las Madres; Ray Patlan; Michaela Pavlatova; Hilary Pecis; PEZ; Ray Patlán/Eduardo Pineda (Fresco); Jesús Angel Perez; David Petrelli; Pablo de Pinho; Poor Magazine; Precita Eyes Mural Arts Center/Susan Cervantes; Texta Queen; RMA; Kyle Ranson; Mike Reger; Bunnie Reiss; Renos; Martin Revolo; Doug Rhodes; Mike Ritch; Rigo 23; Clarence Robbs (CUBA); Isis Rodriguez; Cynthia Rojas; Antonio Roman-Alcala; Al Rose (poem); Jeff Roydson; Erin Amelia Ruch; Ron Salmeron; San Francisco Art Institute (class taught by Kristin Calabrese); San Francisco Art Institute (class taught by Megan Wilson and Aaron Noble; students: Georgina Barney, Helen Bayly, Alex Braubach, Suzie Buchholz, Tom Farthing, Mei-Tsung Lee, Alice McGinn, America Meredith, Seija Metsola, Brooke Ripley, Ryan Rivadeneyra, Erin Ruch, and Rebecca Young); San Francisco Print Collective; Andrew J. Schoultz; Mary Scott; Daniel Segoria; Stev Sechovec; SESI; SF Poster Syndicate; Steve Shada; Christine Shields; Aminah Slor; Greta Snider; SnoMonkey; Spenser; SPIE; Christopher Statton; Mats Stromberg; Shilo Suleman; Alfonso Texidor; Gabriel Thormann; Them Hellas; Sara Thustra; Brian and Jasper Tripp; TWICK; UFO; Smael Vagner; Lucena Valle; Vatos Mexicanos Locos; Josh Wallace; WARNED; Nano Warsono; Mark Warren Jaques; Mel C. Waters; Whole9; Scott Williams; Bradley Wilson; Megan Wilson; Tanya Wischerath; Lena Wolff; Nina Wrights; Zore & Hyde; Daisy Zamora (poem), and Zulah … and more.
CAMP’s Block Party has featured the following bands & DJs since 1998:
Bands: Fuso, The New Lows, Lessicks Kids, She-Mob, Run the Voodoo Down, Aerosol Species, Human Beans, Pacific Airport Shuffle, The Chantigs, The Knittles, The Deepthroats, 50 Million, Yoghurt, Handmaiden America, Crackstem Rose, Captured by Robots, The Boy, Orson Maqillani, La Kookas, Hellaphonic, Downriver, Brian Leese, Schmooge, Touched By A Janitor, Condor, Zmrzlina, Caesura, the Kirby Grips, Kung Fu U.S.A., The Clap Band, Liza Wakeman, Sounchaser, Shotwell, Chiavajina, The Quails, Ral Rartha, Corsciana, Fort Eerie, Kobald, Pepito, Shallows, Stacy Twigg, Night of Serious Drinking, Zod, Elitrea & Kali, Dealership, Sacrilicious, Coachwhip, Fluff Girl, Allergic to Bullshit, Black Panther Fugitives, Children of Paradise, Confident, DJ Zeph, Flush, Green Leaf Trio, La Plebe, Lake Superior, Marginal Prophets, No Radio, PAS y Miel, Ppavarttana, Pussy Machine, Social Pig, The Subtractions, This Bike is a Pipebomb, Two Gallants Vomica, Tincture, Arthur Manley, Bodysuit, Sweet Bones, Jeremy Dalmas, Ornithology, Dirty Marquee, The Aimless Never Miss, Conspiracy of Beards, Onion Flavored Rings, The Translators, Kreamy Lectric Santa, Mercury, Trouble, Fleabag, Quite Polite, Grass Window, Manhaterrr, NRSZ, Didi Mao, New Thrill Parade, Murder of Crows, Maxirad, Thrips, Flood, Floating Corpses, Trainwreck Riders, Black Rainbow, Nanash 774, Nasty Christmas, Jimmy Shotwell, Saint Lorena & Still Suit, Erick & Ivy, Severance Package, Endemics, Afrolicious, Moira Scar, Brass Liberation Orchestra, Black Swans, Night Call, Rabbles, Apogee Sound Club, Grandma’s Boyfriend, Empty Rooms, Ass Assins, Future Twin, Garden Party, The Slurs, The Yes Gos, Dance Company, High Anxiety, Hornss, General Hospital, Jungle Cat, Bande Sin Nombe, Tall Girl, Julian Kud Gharma, Windham Flat, Secret Secretaries, Death Cheetah, Devotionals, CCR Headcleaner, James Abel & Ancizar, Mayya And The Revolutionary Hell Yeah, Crash And Burn, Younger Lovers, Old Pal, Curtain Burners, Diamond Lung, Grand Killa Con, Hip Hop For Change, Jon Ginoli (of Pansy Division), Drkmtrls, Ancient Wing, Hazy Loper, Iamknow1, Teenage Sex, Daisy World, Skin Deep, Dioretix, Hazzard’s Cure, Street Eaters, Voided Social Contract, Space Toilet, Matt And Paul Magic, Black Plate (ex-tina Age 13), Basementals, Family Grieves, Sirena Victima, The Cherries, Inverts, Captured! By Robots, Grand Invincible, Equipto w/Double U and Dj True Justice, Mike Carlson, John Dwyer (Thee Oh Sees), My Name is Joe, Vollmer, Undo, Fleshies, Butanna, Diesel Dudes, Isotope, Bummer.
DJs: Chavo, Funky JP, Bad Motivator, Cycloman, Paz 38, EVOL, Hen 10, DJ Peace, Jorge, Funky J Vibe, I.G. 88, FJV, Dmadix, Ryuta, Ultra 7, Laird, Nero, CUBA & D8, Bside Brujas, Centipede, Txutxo, Saiman, Mechanix.