Posts tagged: murals
Interesting adventure sponsored by the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles, which is taking folks to Cuba to see the murals and street art in that country (this piece above is by Salvadore Gonzalez Escalona). Here’s the info the conservancy has been sending out, for anyone interested in tagging (uh, so to speak) along:
The Mural Conservancy is pleased to announce the much anticipated special People to People trip to Cuba scheduled for Monday, May 26 to Tuesday, June 3, 2014. The trip, which will be the first of annual MCLA trips to places where murals and street art are celebrated, will be hosted by our own Kent Twitchell who is not only one of MCLA’s founders and guiding lights, but also an avid traveler and a man who has a deep understanding of the dynamics of street culture. Kent will be joined by Al Nodal who has solid knowledge of the country, its art and architecture and will provide a background as we explore the interesting elements that contribute to the visual culture and public realm of the City of Havana. We have teamed up with Cuba Tours and Travel who will handle the myriad of details related to our visit.
No other great city in the world is devoid of all commercial signage and relies more on murals, street art, and government billboard messages for its graphic vitality. Learn about the culture of Cuba, meet the Cuban people, see the architecture, experience its soul moving music and its deeply rooted culture. Meet the folks who are creating the street imagery of Havana through their visual arts, street art, murals and other expressions. Experience wonderful concerts, art studios and exciting food. Cuba’s warm and welcoming people are waiting to engage with you and learn first hand about Americans and our values.
This is an eight day and seven night trip focusing on getting to know the Cuban mural and street art world, the cultural community and other activities consistent with your People to People license. The visit will take place in Havana with a day-visit to ViĖales Valley in the Pinar del Río Province. which will allow you to experience the mythic Cuban countryside.
YOUR TRIP INCLUDES:
* Meet and greet & check in assistance at the Miami International Airport
* Round trip air MIA-HAV-MIA
* Arrival assistance at José Marti Airport
* US People to People License or paperwork for General License
* Cuban Visa
* Airport transfers in Havana
* Accommodations 7 nights at the Hotel Telegrafo or similar (4 Stars)
* Daily Breakfast
* 5 dinners
* 5 pre-paid dinners
* 5 pre-paid lunches (17 meals total)
* Day trip to Vinales countryside with Lunch
* Motor coach or van transportation to most events for 12 hours a day
* Medical Insurance in Cuba
* Visits to artist studios, museums and service orgs as per itinerary
* A private concert by Camerata Romeu
* A private visit at rehearsal with Folklorico Nacional de Cuba
* US Based Tour Leader: Adolfo V. Nodal
Land $3225.00 Per passenger. Hotel Telegrafo (or similar)
Air $ 525.00 Miami-Havana-Miami
(Includes meet and greet at the Miami airport, Cuban visa and airport taxes)
TOTAL $3750.00 Per passenger ($450.00 single supplement)
Your trip price includes a tax deductible contribution to the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles of five hundred dollars ($500.00). Please see the sign up & payment instructions on the brochure.
DISCOUNT: There will be a discount in the price of -$250.00 for full time professionals in art (or related) fields that will be conducting professional research on this trip (see thebrochure under licensing).
To sign up please click this link: http://tourinfosys.com/signup/mural_c
For more information, please call Cuba Tours and Travel at 888 225-6439 ext 802.
For more information on OFAC licensing please visit the following link:
Cuba Tours and Travel
320 Pine Avenue, Suite 503, Long Beach, CA 90802
Tel 1 888 225-6439,
Fax 1 562 684-0174
Giant mural on the parking structure at West Hollywood Library in West Hollywood, CA. I love this kind of loopy and chaotic art on the side of an official government building (the WeHo City Council also holds meetings in the gorgeous library structure).
Robert Proch Mural In Warsaw, Poland
Care to see how wide the chasm is in L.A. between suburbanites on the edges of the city and more inner-city folks?
Check out this excellent LA Times piece by my former colleague Reed Johnson about differences in thought between councilmembers Jose Huizar, who represents most of downtown and nearby areas, and Mitchell Englander, who represents the city’s most conservative neighborhoods of the Northwest San Fernando Valley.
Huizar proposes ending the blanket ban on murals and street art in most of the city and allowing even private residences to add such murals after going through a permitting and neighborhood approval process. Englander worries that such murals can change the nature of a neighborhood.
Some fans of street art and public murals might, possibly, argue that such a change might be a good thing from time to time.
An admittedly imperfect panorama shot of a large mural in a hallway of the Goethe Institut in Los Angeles, taken last night while I was there for a Zocalo talk. It’s too big, and the hallway too narrow to capture most of the image otherwise. Kinda cool, I have to say.
Roa Rocks, even snails
Great news to see the unique, if temporary, restoration of this street-side mural, on Sunset Boulevard in the heart of LA’s Silver Lake neighborhood, where singer Elliott Smith made his music and died too young.
After his death of an apparent self-inflicted wound, the mural became a de facto shrine to Smith for his many fans, but the ravages of time and graffiti artists definitely had caught up with the original image.
The project this weekend by the Punk Rock Marthas was part of a broader effort to raise money for charities supported by Smith’s estate. Just kinda cool all around.