Oaxaca Street Art – 2015 wall calendar
By Shannon Young
(OAXACA, Mexico) Documenting street art has been a habit of mine for the better part of 15 years. It’s something that has become a reflex of my travels and one of the many things that makes Oaxaca City so special. I am convinced that Oaxaca has the best quality street art for any city of its size in the world.
Street art is a form of communication. Sometimes it literally takes the form of “the writing on the wall” and other times it transmits messages in a visual language. As a journalist, I’ve found that “listening” to street art is a way of taking the social pulse of a city.
As one of two editors at FSRN, I know there’s a tremendous amount of behind-the-scenes work involved in keeping this independent journalism project thriving. This year – FSRN’s first after a forced hiatus – I wanted to offer something special to supporters. This calendar combines two of my longtime passions. Make a tax-deductible donation of $100 to FSRN and pick up a limited-edition wall calendar featuring some of my favorite examples of street art in Oaxaca City over the years.
Documenting street art has taught me never to assume something that is here one day will be there the next. Murals are fleeting and subject to painting over. It also offers a parallel message for those who take the pulse of the streets from journalists who report from them: don’t take independent outlets for granted.
Truly independent media relies on audience support. Don’t assume someone else will pick up the tab. Even a $10 donation helps to pay the bills, keep the website online, the stories on the air and freely available to all. Please make a tax-deductible donation today.
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