Clarion Alley Mural Project

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Clarion Alley Mural Project' (CAMP) is an artists' collective in San Francisco's Mission District. The mission of CAMP is to support and produce socially engaged and aesthetically innovative public art, locally and globally as a grassroots artist-run organization. CAMP is a community, a public space, and an organizing force that uses public art (murals, street art, performance art, dance, poster projects, literary events) as a means for supporting social, economic, racial, and environmental justice messaging and storytelling. The project is currently co-directed by Megan Wilson and Christopher Statton with a Board of Directors that includes Wilson, Statton, Shaghayegh Cyrous, Keyvan Shovir, Ivy McClelland, Kyoko Sato, Fara Akrami, and Chris Gazaleh. Clarion Alley runs one block (560 ft long and 15 ft. wide) in San Francisco's inner Mission District between 17th and 18th streets and Mission and Valencia streets.[1]


CAMP was formed in October 1992 by a volunteer collective of six residents of the North Mission District, San Francisco: Aaron Noble, Michael O'Connor, Sebastiana Pastor, Rigo 92, Mary Gail Snyder, and Aracely Soriano. Inspired by Balmy Alley and other murals and muralists of San Francisco's Mission District, CAMP came together to initiate a mural project on Clarion Alley. At the time, two of the founders were living on the alley, while another had helped found the Balmy Alley project.[2]

While Balmy Alley focused on the theme of Central American struggle, the stated goals of CAMP were social inclusiveness and aesthetic variety. CAMP went on to organize projects off site at the ILWU Local 6 SF headquarters (1995), the Redstone Building (1997), Yogyakarta Indonesia (2003, 2018), and the Roxie Theater (2012), as well as gallery installations at San Francisco Art Institute, New Langton Arts, and Intersection for the Arts.



Sama-Sama/Togetheris the first international mural exchange between artists in the United States (San Francisco) and Yogyakarta Indonesia, co-organized by CAMP, Apotik Komik of Indonesia and Intersection for the Arts. The project was designed to foster understanding of recent world events and Muslim and non-Muslim cultures between the two communities through the creation of new works, as well as through cross-cultural dialogue between participating artists and the public at large.[3] Artists from San Francisco included: Aaron Noble, Alicia McCarthy, Andrew Schoultz, Carolyn Castaño, Carolyn Ryder Cooley, and Megan Wilson. Artists from Indonesia included: Arie Dyanto, Arya Panjalu, Nano Warsono, and Samuel Indratma. The project was the catalyst for the mural and graffiti movement in Yogyakarta. The San Francisco Bay Guardian awarded the project “The Best Transnational Art Undertaking” in 2004.


In 2018 Clarion Alley Mural Project in collaboration with the Asian Art Museum (San Francisco) organized Bangkit/Arise, the second international exchange and residency between artists from the San Francisco Bay Area and Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Artists from San Francisco include Christopher Statton, Kelly Ording, Jet Martinez, Shaghayegh Cyrous, Keyvan Shovir, Jose Guerra Awe, and Megan Wilson. Artists from Yogyakarta include: Nano Warsono, Bambang Toko, Ucup, Wedhar Riyadi, Vina Puspita, and Harind Arvati. The project was designed to address critical issues facing global and local communities, such as community development, land use, environmental crises, housing instability, and geopolitical divisions, using art as a point of departure. Community partners included the village of Panggunharjo, the Institut Seni Indonesia, AROC (Arab Resource and Organizing Center), Coalition on Homelessness, San Francisco, and SOMCAN (South of Market Community Action Network).[4]

List of Clarion Alley participating artists[edit]

Below are some of the artists who have been part of the Clarion Alley Mural Project.[5]

  • CK1 ' Keyvan Shovir '
  • Cuba
  • Brad K. Alder
  • Rene Amini
  • Anti-Eviction Mapping Project
  • APEX
  • Tim Armstrong
  • Anthony G.
  • AQUA
  • ATOM
  • Tauba Auerbach
  • Jose Guerra Awe
  • Bahama Kangaroo
  • Georgina Barney
  • Helen Bayly
  • BEMS
  • David Benzler
  • Amy Berk
  • BLIS
  • James Bode
  • Mark Bode
  • Vichian Boonmeemak
  • Alex Braubach
  • Suzie Buchholz
  • CHAOS 938
  • Chor Boogie
  • Chuy Jesús Campusano
  • Carolyn Castaño
  • Scott Cowgill
  • Carolyn Ryder Cooley
  • Andy Cox
  • George Crampton
  • Shaghayegh Cyrous
  • Diana Cristales-David
  • Ethan Allen Davis
  • Bryan Dawson, Rogelio Martinez, and Sayaka Tagawa
  • Diamond Dave
  • Matt Day
  • Eric Derail
  • DNO
  • Daniel Doherty
  • Emory Douglas
  • Christianne Dugan
  • DX
  • Arie Dyanto
  • Ezra Eismont
  • Emily (Butterfly)
  • EON 75
  • ESA
  • ESPO
  • EURO
  • Yuka Ezoe
  • John Fadeff
  • Farhan Siki
  • Tom Farthing
  • Julio Flores and Luis Lule
  • Pablo Fonseca de Pinho
  • FREE
  • Friends' School
  • Amilca Fuentes/American Indian Movement Youth Council
  • J Garcia
  • C. Gazaleh
  • Corrina Goldblatt
  • Danny Gotimer
  • Chris Granillo
  • Susan Greene
  • Ruben Guzman
  • QR Hand (poem)
  • Chad Hasegawa
  • Maya Hayuk
  • Heart 101
  • Cliff Hengst
  • Ron Hennegler
  • Marisa Hernandez
  • Crystal Hermman
  • Scott Hewicker
  • Horizons Unlimited (class taught by Carolyn Castaño and Amy Berk)
  • Horea
  • Hospitality House
  • Mia Houlberg
  • Scott Hove
  • Kenneth Huerta
  • Victor Hugo
  • Samuel Indratama
  • IVY
  • Marisa Jahn
  • Xylor Jane
  • Mario Joel
  • Chris Johanson
  • K2
  • Jamila Keba
  • Saroun Khan
  • Keith Knight
  • Mari Kono
  • Mei-Tsung Lee
  • Vatos Revere Life
  • Michael Loggins and Jamie Morgan
  • Alice McGinn
  • America Meredith
  • Seija Metsola
  • LUNO
  • Chris Lux
  • MACE
  • Scott MacLeod
  • Carlos Madriz
  • Mark Martin
  • Jet Martinez
  • Alicia McCarthy
  • Barry McGee (TWIST)
  • Jessica Miller
  • Amilca Mouton-Fuentes (1978-2004)
  • Julie Murray
  • Natel
  • Victor Navarette
  • Ruby Neri (Reminisce)
  • 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
  • Michaela Pavlátová; Ray Patlán/Eduardo Pineda (Fresco)
  • Hilary Pecis
  • Jesús Angel Perez
  • PEZ
  • Poor Magazine
  • Precita Eyes Mural Arts Center/Susan Cervantes
  • Texta Queen
  • Kyle Ranson
  • Mike Reger
  • Bunnie Reiss
  • Renos
  • Martin Revolo
  • Doug Rhodes
  • Rigo
  • Brooke Ripley
  • Ryan Rivadeneyra
  • Clarence Robbs (Cuba)
  • Isis Rodriguez
  • Cynthia Rojas
  • Al Rose (poem)
  • Jeff Roydson
  • Erin Ruch
  • Ron Salmeron
  • San Francisco Art Institute (class taught by Kristin Calabrese)
  • San Francisco Art Institute (class taught by Aaron Noble & Megan Wilson)
  • San Francisco Print Collective
  • Andrew Schoultz
  • Mary Scott
  • Stev Sechovec
  • Daniel Segoria
  • SESI
  • Steve Shada
  • Christine Shields
  • Aminah Slor
  • Greta Snider
  • SnoMonkey
  • Spenser
  • Spie
  • Christopher Statton
  • Mats Stromberg
  • Shilo Suleman
  • Alfonso Texidor
  • Gabriel Thormann
  • Sara Thustra
  • Brian and Jasper Tripp
  • UFO
  • Smael Vagner
  • Lucena Valle
  • Vatos Mexicanos Locos
  • Josh Wallace
  • Nano Warsono
  • Mel C. Waters
  • Scott Williams
  • Bradley Wilson
  • Megan Wilson
  • Tanya Wischerath
  • Lena Wolff
  • Nina Wrights
  • Rebecca Young
  • Daisy Zamora (poem)
  • Zore & Hyde
  • Zulah

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Neumann, Erik (19 October 2012). "Clarion Alley Turns 20". Mission Local. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
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  5. ^ "Related Activities: Clarion Alley Mural Project". Megan Wilson. Archived from the original on 13 October 2017. Retrieved 3 February 2015.


  • Murray, Julie. "Moving Stairway to Heaven" in Street Art San Francisco: Mission Muralismo. Jacoby, Annice, ed. NY: Abrams, 2009. p. 126
  • Noble, Aaron. "The Clarion Alley Mural Project" p. 113 and "Vatos Mexicanos Locos" p. 122 in Street Art San Francisco: Mission Muralismo. Jacoby, Annice, ed. New York: Abrams, 2009.
  • Wilson, Megan. "Sama-Sama: Mural Missionaries" p. 170 - 171 in Street Art San Francisco: Mission Muralismo. Jacoby, Annice, ed. New York: Abrams, 2009.
  • Rapoport, Lynn. "Wall space: The Clarion Alley Mural Project uses public art to paint a home." San Francisco Bay Guardian, October 23, 2002.
  • Drescher, Timothy W. "Clarion Alley and Post-modernism."

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