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Friday, July 17, 2009

Why Graffiti Is A Good Thing

The people over at Halogenlife introduced us to a provocative interview they conducted with Oakland-based artist Favianna Rodriguez. She is the co-founder of East Side Arts Alliance, which has grown into an artistic sanctuary for the local community. In the piece Rodriguez explains “Why Graffiti is a Good Thing”

We’ve included an excerpt from the interview below. To read it in full go here.

Art is a tool with which to organize and inspire. I think we really have to do this, especially as a woman artist and as a woman of color. The stories we experience are universal. Things are happening all over the world. We ghettoize and see them as happening only to us. But in reality that’s our being resilient and determined and surviving within negative experiences. It’s a celebration of humanity. What happens in Oakland is happening in many cities around the world. We can inspire people.

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 4:36 pm  


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