Socially Conscious Street Art Murals Of Clarion Alley, San Francisco

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SAN FRANCISCO | Clarion Alley is one of the best places for street art in San Francisco‘s Mission District due to the important messages told by the many murals. The Clarion Alley Mural Project (“CAMP”) was founded in 1992 by six local residents/artists who, inspired by nearby Balmy Alley, wanted to support and produce socially engaged and aesthetically innovative public art as a grassroots community-based, artist-run organization based in San Francisco.

Since 1992, over 500 artists have created over 700 murals on Clarion Alley, and today the alley receives over 200,000 visitors. The art here supports and conveys political, economic, and social justice messaging and gives visitors a real sense of some of the issues facing the community. The art covers a range of styles, and CAMP often collaborates with other community organisations. In 2003, CAMP collaborated with Apotik Komik, an artists collective in Indonesia on Sama-sama/Together, which saw several artists from Yogyakarta, Indonesia create works on Clarion Alley and several San Francisco artists create works in Yogyakarta.

The Mission District has undergone significant gentrification in recent years, and Clarion Alley is a living reminder of just how important community, and a sense of social responsibility, is. Beyond the hip cafes, restaurants, and bars, there are real people here, trying to survive and adapt to an ever changing environment. Many visitors to the area never see this side of San Francisco, but Clarion Alley is one way that their eyes can be opened to it.

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