The Pow! Wow! concept was started in Hawaii in a drab warehouse district that needed public art. San Jose is the first city in the Bay Area to join the movement. Organizers say it will become an annual event with a goal next year to double the number of murals. The project is financed by donations, a foundation grant and in-kind services. The public is invited to stop by and watch the progress of the artists. A bicycle tour will be held next Sunday when the majority of the murals will be completed.
Many of the artists are San Jose based, including Lacey Bryant and Ben Henderson. Jet Martinez is from Oakland; his designs have been influenced by Mexican textiles from his youth living in Veracruz.
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MURAL SITES (all locations in San Jose)
- Poor House Bistro, 87 S. Autumn St.
- People Ready, 486 W. San Carlos St.
- Nichi Bei Bussan, 140 Jackson St.
- Empire Seven Studios, 251 E. Empire St. & 525 N. Seventh St.
- Alameda Art Works, 1068 The Alameda
- San Jose Learning Center, 490 W. San Carlos St.
- LVL 44, 44 S. Almaden Ave.
- 45 N. First St.
- The Food Basket, 1043 Garland Ave.
- The Stage, 490 S. First St.