Clarion Alley Mural Project is dedicated to supporting and producing socially engaged and aesthetically innovative public art as a grassroots community-based, artist-run organization in San Francisco. CAMP is a platform for free speech that supports social justice through the creation of public murals and public events. 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.
Clarion Alley has been an enchanted site of bohemian culture at least as far back as the early sixties when artists like the Cockettes and Terry Riley performed in the same warehouse that the Clarion Alley Mural Project (CAMP) was based in until its demolition in 2001. CAMP was established in October 1992 by a volunteer collective of six North Mission residents: Aaron Noble, Michael O’Connor, Sebastiana Pastor, Rigo 92, Mary Gail Snyder, and Aracely Soriano. Photographer Fiona O’Connor documented CAMP from the beginning. Other members of CAMP over the years include Diego Diaz, Kate Ellis, Permi Gill, Maya Hayuk, Megan Wilson, Andrew Schoultz, Ivy Jeanne McClelland, Jet Martinez, Daniel Doherty, Antonio Roman-Alcala, and CUBA.
CAMP has produced more than 700 murals on and around Clarion Alley by artists of all ethnicity, age, and levels of experience, with an emphasis on emerging artists and new styles. 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.