Desi Mundo

Desi Mundo is an Oakland-based spray paint educator, hip-hop cultural diplomat and the founder of the Community Rejuvenation Project, a pavement to policy mural organization that has produced more than 250 murals, throughout the Bay Area as well as nationally and internationally.

His largest mural, the “Universal Language” galvanized the Oakland community in the struggle against gentrification resulting in $20 million in community benefits, as documented in the feature documentary film “Alice Street.” Desi’s legacy as an educator and youth worker in K-12 schools spans two decades. He received the “Rising Leaders” Fellowship from the Youth Leadership Institute in 2005 and has been awarded the Individual Artist grant from the City of Oakland eight times.

The Universal Language mural discussed in the interview.
The Universal Language mural with Destiny Muhammad, the “Harpist from the Hood”.
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  1. […] Desi Mundo lives and works in Oakland, California where, among other things, he is a part time middle school and high school educator. When he spoke to us on March 25 during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, he admitted that in a way the slow down caused by the global emergency has opened up more time for him to work on other projects. His high school students were in the middle of a mural when schools shut down so he worries that some of his seniors won’t have the opportunity to complete the work. But while the world is paused, he has taken time to plan an 8-story mural project that will be painted on the side of a building in downtown Oakland. To hear how he became involved in this project, and much more, listen to the complete interview. […]

  2. […] Desi Mundo lives and works in Oakland, California where, among other things, he is a part time middle school and high school educator. When he spoke to us on March 25 during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, he admitted that in a way the slow down caused by the global emergency has opened up more time for him to work on other projects. His high school students were in the middle of a mural when schools shut down so he worries that some of his seniors won’t have the opportunity to complete the work. But while the world is paused, he has taken time to plan an 8-story mural project that will be painted on the side of a building in downtown Oakland. To hear how he became involved in this project, and much more, listen to the complete interview. […]