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Operation Street Art has arrived in the USA


October 26, 2022, 4:52 pm

From November 1, 2022, Minneapolis will be the site of an extraordinary event that will witness the popular urban art travel festival OSA – Operation Street Art, which has achieved its first edition in the USA.

In a parking lot off Second Avenue in the vibrant and pioneering North Loop neighborhood, Professor Francesco Baresi He saw the potential to implement urban renewal, enhancing the area by including new urban artworks with a strong visual impact.

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The aim is to invite artists from all over Europe to repaint the walls of a historic building, in order to create a cultural and transcontinental bridge, in collaboration with international artists as well as to give emerging artists the opportunity to face the new continent.

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Parisi, of Italian descent, played a decisive role in bringing OSA to Minneapolis: he is not only the founder of the non-profit organization Neighbors for North Loop Livability that promotes Operation Street Art in the USA, but he is also one of the founders of the same OSA festival, whose play was born In the United States of his idea, a winning idea that was sponsored by the city of Minneapolis.

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Next November we will start with the artist’s first intervention Antonino Perrotta aka Atorib, who launched, through the Haz Art Cultural Association and as artistic director of the festival in Italy, the many versions of OSA that have followed each other in Diamante, the city of murals since 2017. As of 2018, the event has become touring with OSA Around, embracing villages and cities different in Italy (Fuscaldo, Vietri di Potenza, Santa Maria del Cedro) and collaborates with many national and international realities. Among these is the important collaboration with the famous Calabrian festival Gulìa Urbana, which, thanks to the realization of several important street art projects carried out on the national territory, proves to be one of the highlights in this sector.

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From Diamante to Minneapolis, passing through Italy and Europe. OSA – Operation Street Art continues its path to reassess and redevelop contemporary public art, enhancing the beauty of places by integrating street art into the art complex of cities, thus making it more accessible, worldwide. .

“Art tends to be private property while public art is public, not only because it is found in public places, but also because it does not matter who paid for it. Those who paid and those who do not enjoy it equally” (F. Parisi).

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