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Stoking Arts Culture: The Martizian

I can relate with someone juggling multiple creative projects at once with no monetary guarantees. I see myself in James Patton, editor of The Martizian, a digital window into local art and its potential for reviving Martinez, CA. In addition to launching the new online publication, he’s also a musician, graphic designer and business owner. People like James define the Bay Area, a region crackling with creative life, but in economic and cultural transition.  After reading about The Martizian in my free community paper, I had to reach out. We caught up and walked about town. His thoughts on firing up the arts: Convening through New Media The idea for The Martizian came out of working together with someone named Tony Rishell on the Main Street Martinez Committee for Economic Restructuring. We wondered how we could tap into spheres of influence as they relate to culture and community here. A lot of people have pride in Martinez, but the community wasn’t engaged around an identity.  What everyone wants is to revitalize the area. Not just …

Imprint City Aims to Activate the Bayview

Change happens from the street up. The founders of Imprint City believe that street art can unlock the potential of the Bayview neighborhood’s farthest reaches.  They take us through their vision for a global art festival and the means to sustainable, positive change for an area plagued by neglect and the stigma that comes with it. Tyra Fennell, Shawn Bullen and Andrew Casteel bring more than vision, they bring the social capital and tenacity it takes to get ideas off the ground. Tyra commissions murals for the San Francisco Arts Commission, Shawn is making his mark painting murals, while Andrew has co-founded a new Bayview business, Laughing Monk Brewery. (Interview with Tyra Fennell and Andrew Casteel) HH: Tell me how the Imprint City idea got started. TF: I had commissioned Shawn (Bullen) to do a mural and so had Andrew. My vision for an arts festival happened to be in the area where Andrew was doing business, and Sean connected us. HH: Andrew, talk about how your business (Laughing Monk Brewery) grew alongside the idea …