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The Best Hidden Murals in San Francisco

In the everyday bustle of San Francisco life, it can be easy to miss the colorful street art that covers the City's structures. Tucked away off the main drag or raised above street level, these murals breathe life into a concrete city, and sometimes, they do seem to be alive. Faces laugh, animals lurk, and cartoons giggle. All it takes is looking up or walking around the block to discover a masterpiece. Here are some of the best in SF.

Is Reno Poised to Become a Culture Capital?

Reno isn’t called Artown for nothin’. The city mostly known for its gaming is blooming with Burning Man sculptures, murals, Broadway musicals, and bluegrass music. The Nevada Museum of Art and its Center for Art + Environment was recently awarded a 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and will soon have one of the best views in Reno from its new Sky Room. Art in all its forms is now woven through the fabric of the city in unexpected ways.

Crib Sheet: 6 Bay Area Street Artists to Know

No walk or bike ride around San Francisco is complete without a bit of rubbernecking to scope out the many vibrant murals that brighten up our city's streets. Learn the names of six of our favorite Bay Area artists who are awakening the streets of SF and beyond.

1AM Mobile App: A Virtual Gallery for Street Art Enthusiasts

If you're like me, your stumbles through the city have unwittingly exposed you to a variety of fascinating street art. Or maybe you're one of those cool hipsters who hangs out in the Mission, purposefully searching out every spraypainted wall your houndstooth-wearing soul can find. Either way, you may be in luck, as the 1AM mobile app allows the street art lover or creator to snap pics, and share their favorite local urban Picassos.

Legally Experiment With Spray Painting at the Urban Youth Arts Festival

Bring the family out to Precita Park this Sunday, July 25 from 1-6pm for an afternoon of music, dance, refreshments, and hands-on community art at the Urban Youth Arts Festival. Kids will have the opportunity to (legally!) experiment with spray painting on mural-ready panels set up in the park. The festival will also have plenty of artsy activities for kids who aren't quite old enough to wield the rattle can, including traditional painting.

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