Community Murals: North Park Neighborhood

Businesses and residents are coming together around ‘Take Back the Alley,” a city-wide initiative in San Diego that cleans up alleyways and installs murals. Some claim the murals near El Cajon and Utah Streets have attracted new customers to nearby businesses; others just like the art. “People express themselves with murals. It’s a nice thing to look at, too.” Produced […]

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Bicyclists highlight the murals and history of the East Side

Nearly a hundred bicycling advocates and community members turned out for the Eastside Mural Ride. The ten mile ride, with stops at historic murals throughout Boyle Heights and East Los Angeles, didn’t just focus on the street art and history of the neighborhoods; cyclist and pedestrian safety was also discussed, and lights and helmets were distributed. “Everybody really enjoys the ride. They have a really […]

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Painting Positivity

North Park San Diego, once seen as an undesirable area, was revitalized by a movement to exhibit local artistic and cultural elements throughout its streets. This narrated video interweaves images of the street art that North Park is now famous for, and the voices of its community. “We all mean something and have our own story to tell… We have stories […]

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San Diego’s legendary muralist

Victor Ochoa is an original Chicano Park muralist; he continues to advocate for immigrant rights and representation through his art. Deported to Mexico with his family in 1956 during Operation Wetback, Victor has overcome countless barriers. Now a U.S. citizen recognized for his contribution to San Diego’s art culture, Ochoa works with youth as an arts […]

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Is mural revival skipping Boyle Heights?

Los Angeles muralists spent the last decade in their painting studios after a 2002 law banned outdoor murals and billboards, and sites all over Los Angeles were whitewashed or painted over. Muralists risked being arrested or fined. When the City Council reversed the ban in 2013, hopes arose that the city would reemerge as the mural capital of the world […]

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