Huffington Post contributor John M. Egar highlighted San Diego as one city where public officials are embracing graffiti artists and commissioning their work to brighten otherwise rundown spaces around the city, saying:
“…some communities see graffiti as a new art form (although it really dates back to ancient Greece and Rome), that ought to be nurtured and seen as an expression of a vibrant culture and a forward thinking community.”
In fact, the San Diego street art program, the Graffiti Education & Mural Arts Program, taps into the talent of graffiti offenders and teaches them how to turn their skill into true art. In that city, as well as Los Angeles and others, local museums have even promoted and displayed works of street art; lending a nod of acceptance from the mainstream art world to the medium.
Celebrating live street art; fine art
At KAABOO, we are thrilled to be a part of the street art movement. It is a form of visceral performance art that translates well to a live-audience format. In the setting of the KAABOO “mix-perience,” artists create amid a backdrop of energetic live music while onlookers enjoy gourmet food, craft beer and, of course, the art.
Attendees have the chance to interact with street art muralists as they paint on 20×30-foot canvases in the middle of the event grounds, under the beautiful Del Mar sun.
In addition, our participants’ fine art is showcased in our permanent gallery space.
We connected with Amandalynn, artist and muralist, at a street mural festival in 2014, and she has since signed on as KAABOO’s art director. She and her team have curated the entire KAABOO space to ensure that even the fences and signs carry an artistic flair.
“We wanted it to be breathtaking,” said Amandalynn, “something the world had never seen.”