Clarion Alley Mural Project has been a grass roots project from beginning to future. Organized by a handful of individuals who have volunteered thousands of hours with the added generosity of hundreds of community members who've committed their time and energy to CAMP since 1992. In a city that is rapidly changing to cater to the one-percent at every level, CAMP is one of the last remaining truly punk venues in San Francisco. The evolution of the project over since 1992 has been one of incredible successes:
The initial transformation of the Alley from a primarily blighted space to one 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;
We as the artists and organizers of Clarion Alley Mural Project would prefer to represent our project.
If you are interested in a tour you can contact ClarionAlleyMuralProject@gmail.com.
Christopher Statton, Voice of Resistance, 2015
Donations To Support Clarion Alley Mural Project
Clarion Alley Mural Project is a fiscally-sponsored non-profit project of Independent Arts & Media.
As an all-volunteer organization, your donation is greatly appreciated. We use contributed donations to maintain and repair the murals, provide paint and materials for our artists, and produce our events, including our annual Block Party in October.
If you would like to make a contribution to CAMP, you can: Send a check to our fiscal sponsor Independent Arts & Media: Please be sure to write "For Clarion Alley Mural Project" in the subject line
Independent Arts & Media
Attn: Clarion Alley Mural Project PO Box 420442
San Francisco, CA 94142
CAMP will have a new Website up sometime in Spring 2015, the site will contatain a link to Paypal to provide a direct donation via credit cards.
CAMP was directly inspired by the mural cluster in Balmy Alley focused on Central American social struggles. CAMP did not choose a single theme however, instead focused on the two goals of social inclusiveness and aesthetic variety. As a result CAMP has produced more than 700 murals on and around Clarion Alley by artists of all ethnicities, ages, and levels of experience, with an emphasis on emerging artists and new styles.
Sadly CAMP has also been greatly impacted by the extreme gentrification of the Mission District over these past two decades. What started as neighborhood-based project committed to diversity and inclusion, is now a magnet for lots of folks hoping to profit off of the image that CAMP has created - from the developers and real estate agents who use CAMP as a selling point for the "cool, hip Mission experience," to those who use the space for fashion shoots, to corporations hoping to include the "gritty urban street art" image to sell their products, to any number of paid tours by folks unrelated to CAMP, spreading misinformation about the project, artists, and murals.
Moving forward, CAMP will continue to be 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/economic/environmental justice. The mission of CAMP is to support and produce socially engaged and aesthetically innovative public art as a grassroots community-based, artist-run organization in San Francisco.
As part of our 20th Anniversary in 2012 CAMP artists painted the lobby, bathrooms, and created a window installation at our community partner, the Roxie Theater. Additionally, the Roxie hosted an evening of shorts from CAMP over the previous 20 years, including early footage from the first year of CAMP, filmed by Fiona O'Connor, narrated by Rigo 23.
In addition to the direct community, CAMP draws tens of thousands of visitors annually to the Alley to view the works of its highly acclaimed artists. CAMP also hosts an annual Block Party in October that has consistently brought over 1,000 people to the celebration, which features new murals, live and DJ music, film and video projections, and more.
Using Images of CAMP’s Murals Clarion Alley Mural Project is always happy to share our work - it's FREE - but we have drawn the line forcommercial purposes ... PLEASE contact us for written permission ... and if we do agree, PLEASE give the artists and CAMP credit. One of the things that makes Clarion Alley a unique space is that we've been going strong with integrity for over 20 years as a volunteer-run space without commercial ties. The few times that we have agreed to allow commercial projects to film on the alley, we've gone through a long process of ensuring compensation and credit to the artists & CAMP.
We were disappointed and felt disrespected that the creators of About Cherry, the Stephen Elliott/ James Franco film used Megan Wilson's CAPITALISM IS OVER! If You Want It and Jet Martinez and Kelly Ording's Sons of Satya footage from CAMP without permission or credit - especially since they had been given Megan Wilson's card as a contact and told if they did use the footage they would need to get written permission from the artists and CAMP. It conveys a sense of entitlement and diregard that's become a contemporary form of colonialism.
CAMP did appreciate Lenny Kravitz and Jay Z's team for their respectful attention to CAMP and the artists (Ray Patlan, Brian & Jasper Tripp, Aaron Noble, Edwin Garro, Ivy McClelland, J Garcia, Julie Murray, and MARS) featured in the music video Storm.
Scott Hewicker, 2012
The Artists We've Worked With Over The Years:
Over the years CAMP has worked with many talented artists, most of whom are just starting their careers and looking for opportunities to publicly display their work – some would identify themselves as primarily muralists or public artists, for others it's a chance to create public work for the first time. The styles have ranged from folk influenced to spray-can works to conceptual projects. In addition, CAMP has provided space for collaborative youth initiatives, such as Oasis For Girls, Horizons Unlimited and the American Indian Movement Youth Council. Many of the artists who CAMP has worked with have gone on to become highly regarded locally, nationally, and internationally.
Bunny Reiss and Ezra Eismont at the Roxie Theater, 2012
The impressive list of artists CAMP has worked with includes: Brad K. Alder, Rene Amini; APEX; AQUA; ATOM; Tauba Auerbach; Jose Guerra Awe; David Benzler; Amy Berk; BFK; BIGFOOT; BLIS; James Bode; Mark Bode; Chor Boogie, Vichian Boonmeemak; Emily Butterfly; Chuy Jesús Campusano; Carolyn Castaño; Cecil; CK1; Codit, Scott Cowgill; Carolyn Ryder Cooley; Andy Cox; DAGON; Diana Cristales-David; Shaghayegh Cyrous; Ethan Allen Davis; Bryan Dawson & Rogelio Martinez & Sayaka Tagawa; Matt Day; Eric Derail; DESIE; DINO; Daniel Doherty; Emory Douglas; DX; Arie Dyanto; Ezra Eismont; Emily (Butterfly); ESA; ESPO; ESTRIA; EURO; Yuka Ezoe, John Fadeff; Farhansiki, Julio Flores and Luis Lule; Pablo Fonseca de Pinho; FREE; Amilca Fuentes/American Indian Movement Youth Council; Shaghayegh Cyrous; J Garcia, GIANT; Danny Gotimer, Susan Greene; Chad Hasegawa; Maya Hayuk; Heart 101; Cliff Hengst; Ron Hennegler; Crystal Hermman; Max Hermann; Marisa Hernandez; Scott Hewicker; Horizons Unlimited (class taught by Carolyn Castaño and Amy Berk); Mia Houlberg; Scott Hove; Kenneth Huerta; Victor Hugo; Samuel Indratama; IVY; Roisin Isner; Marisa Jahn; Xylor Jane; Mario Joel; Chris Johansen; K2, Jamila Keba; Dan Kennedy, Michael Kershrar; Keith Knight; Mari Kono; LANGO; Locust; Vatos Revere Life; Michael Loggins and Jamie Morgan; LUCHA; LUNO; Chris Lux; MACE; Scott MacLeod; Carlos Madriz; Jet Martinez; Alicia McCarthy; Barry McGee (TWIST); Jessica Miller; Julie Murray; Natel; Ruby Neri (Reminisce); Aaron Noble; Sirron Norris; Oasis For Girls (Sierra Bloomer, Micaiah Caplong, Su Mei Mai, Sunum Mobin, Nancy Salcedo, Amber Sanchez, Jennifer Tse, Lily Zhen); Naoki Onodera, 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; Precita Eyes Mural Arts Center/Susan Cervantes; Kyle Ranson; Mike Reger, Bunnie Reiss; Renos; Doug Rhodes; Rigo; Clarence Robbs (CUBA); Isis Rodriguez; Cynthia Rojas; Antonio Roman-Alcala, Erin Amelia Ruch, Ron Salmeron; San Francisco Art Institute (class taught by Kristin Calabrese); San Francisco Print Collective, Ronin Miyamato-San; Andrew J. Schoultz; Mary Scott, Daniel Segoria; Steve Shada; Christine Shields; Aminah Slor; Greta Snider; SnoMonkey; Spenser; Spie; Christopher Statton; Alfonso Texidor; Gabriel Thormann; Sara Thustra; Brian and Jasper Tripp; Lucena Valle; Josh Wallace; WARNED; Nano Warsono; Scott Williams; Bradley Wilson; Megan Wilson; Tanya Wischerath, Lena Wolff; Jean Yaste, Zore & Hyde; and Zulah.