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Announcing ‘Art At Mission,’ A New Streets Dept Curated Exhibition Series at Mission Taqueria

June 5, 2018

So excited to announce today a brand new partnership with Mission Taqueria: Art at Mission!

#ArtAtMission is a new project that will transform Mission Taqueria’s courtyard (photographed above) into a rotating outdoor arts space curated by me,’s founder Conrad Benner.

And we couldn’t be more thrilled to tell you that the first Art at Mission artist to takeover the courtyard will be none other than Philly-based artist and muralist, Calo Rosa! Born in San Salvador, Calo lives and works in Philadelphia where he has created some of our city’s most beautiful, eye-catching murals. (Evidence here, here, and even this little guy here!)

Calo comes from a family of artists with diverse media including graphic design, Brazilian percussion, oil painting, and cake-making. He holds a degree in Fine and Visual Arts from the Centro Nacional de Artes (CENAR) and a degree in graphic design from Don Bosco University. And after becoming frustrated with the exclusivity of the San Salvador gallery scene, he began to define his own street art style. Calo’s colorful pieces portray the vibrant Latin American culture, and mirror the sounds, roots, and forms of the urban-tropical lifestyle.

Calo’s exhibition begins on Wednesday, June 13! And it will be open through August (exact closing date to be announced soon.) Grab a margarita – or two – and come check it out any day/time that Mission Taqueria is open! You can see their hours here.

Now this post will be updated on the 13th with final photos of the mural. But in the meantime, there’s a little preview of one piece of Calo’s four-piece mural photographed below. And yes, all four panels will be for sale: If you’re interested in purchasing any of Calo’s Art at Mission panels, or otherwise commissioning him, please reach out to Calo directly at CaloStreetArts [at] gmail [dot] com!

And y’all, don’t forget to tag Calo (@caloblacksand,) Mission (@MissionTaqueria,) and myself (@StreetsDept) using the hashtag #ArtAtMission on Instagram when you go to see the exhibition. I’ll be sharing some of my favorite photos that you take to my Instagram Stories all summer long!

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