FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact: Danielle Smith
Clarion Alley, 1992
Clarion Alley Mural Project (CAMP) is pleased to announce the launch of its first ever website, a comprehensive archive detailing the history of the project, its contributing artists, and 24 years-worth of public works. Since 1992 CAMP has been a community-based arts space, a place of refuge, and a gathering site for artists and activists to express ideas. In addition, CAMP is currently working to become an independent 501c3 non-profit to help streamline the organizational process and support a collective effort to protect artists’ intellectual property rights at the expense of corporate interests.
Running just one block (560 ft long and 15 ft. wide), Clarion Alley is a unique destination for street art and murals in San Francisco. With over 700 murals created since 1992, including San Francisco’s first international public art exchange with artists from Indonesia, CAMP has become a powerful presence in the community by using public art as a force for education, giving voice to disenfranchised communities, and providing a visual landscape that is helping to define the social/ political movements of our time. CAMP is one of San Francisco’s most frequented art spaces with over 200,000 visitors each year that walk the alley and take in a variety of styles and subject matter. CAMP is also one of the few remaining public spaces in San Francisco that offers a strong collective voice with social-political weight.
With the launch of its first website CAMP is taking steps to create a presence beyond the alley and hopes to reach people throughout the world with its messages of community empowerment, equity, and dissidence. CAMP’s website preserves the legacy of its artists and illuminates the context in which the artwork is created. The site includes an easy-to-use archive of past and present murals with supplemental writings and documents to help give historical and cultural context to the work. The site also answers Frequently Asked Questions such as: How often do the murals change? How are the artists selected? Who maintains the murals? Additional points of access will offer portals for engagement through social media channels and easy donation capabilities.
This exciting new dimension to CAMP’s presence is underscored by the organization’s recent decision to obtain its own 501c3 non-profit status. The organization has formed a Board of Directors that includes: Rigo 23, Susan Greene, Megan Wilson (Board President), Ivy Jeanne McClelland, (Board Secretary) Antonio Roman-Alcala, Christopher Statton (Board Treasurer), and Jose V. Guerra Awe. As an independent non-profit CAMP will continue to support community efforts to fight against the forces of gentrification, including the developers and real estate agents who often use CAMP as a selling point for the “cool, hip Mission experience”, as well as the corporations hoping to include the “gritty urban street art” image to sell their products.
The Mission of CAMP is to support and produce socially engaged and aesthetically diverse public art as a grassroots community-based, artist-run organization in San Francisco. 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 in San Francisco’s inner Mission District between 17th & 18th and Mission and Valencia streets.