FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The 5th Annual Estria Invitational Graffiti Battle To Take Place In
New York, Los Angeles, Honolulu, and Oakland
Oakland, CA – June 20, 2011 – The 5th Annual Estria Invitational Graffiti Battle, a nationwide urban art competition that honors and advances creativity in the Hip Hop arts, will travel to four cities this year bringing out the nation’s best graffiti artists to compete for the title of King/Queen in the U.S.A. The first battle will take place in New York in partnership with the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival on Saturday, July 16, 2011. The second battle follows in Los Angeles in partnership with Crewest Gallery on Saturday, August 13, 2011. The third battle will take place in Honolulu in partnership with the Honolulu Academy of Arts on Saturday, September 3, 2011. The final battle will be held in Oakland in partnership with Life is Living (Youth Speaks) on Saturday, October 8, 2011. The battles are a project of the Estria Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to creating public art advocating justice and peace in under-served communities worldwide.
“This year, we’re raising the bar and taking the competition to cities that have been influential to the progress of graffiti culture. It’s an exciting time for graffiti artists right now, and we are at the forefront of showcasing the best of the best in the nation. We will continue to expand our reach in the years to come, and change the negative stereotypes of graffiti that have historically dominated media to include images of youth empowerment and community-building.” – Estria Miyashiro, Co-Founder The Estria Foundation
In addition to the Graffiti Battle, a t-shirt stencil workshop will provide the opportunity for anyone to pick up a spray can and create art to wear and take home. There will also be a “Black Book Battle” component for youth to compete sponsored by Crescent’s “Graffiti Paper”.
Major sponsors this year include MTN Colors, the #1 paint company for graffiti artists in the world, Fatcap.com the leading online publication in graffiti culture, Cukui, and Crescent’s Graffiti Paper.
Artists and volunteers interested in participating can sign up at estriabattle.com. Interested sponsors and partners can contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
About The Estria Invitational Graffiti Battle: The Estria Invitational Graffiti Battle is a national urban art competition that honors and advances creativity in the Hip Hop arts. The battle was founded in 2007 by graffiti art living legend Estria Miyashiro and arts educator Jason Mateo. Through this art form of messaging, the competition encourages graffiti writers to communicate social justice issues and empower communities with spirit and beauty. The graffiti battle is a project of the Estria Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Oakland, CA. www.estriabattle.com
About The Estria Foundation: The Estria Foundation was founded by Estria Miyashiro and Jeremy LaTrasse in 2010 and is a community-based organization dedicated to lasting systemic and social change. Through workshops, speaking engagements, projects, and events, the foundation is committed to creating public art advocating justice and peace in under-served communities worldwide. www.estria.org
About The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival: Established in 2005, The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival (BHF) is New York City’s largest Hip-Hop cultural event that showcases the positive aspects of Hip-Hop culture by highlighting Hip-Hop’s legacy as an agent of artistic progression, community building and social change. In addition to musical performances, the Festival offers a number of activities for its audience, including: panel discussions, exhibitions, parties, an award show and a family-friendly block party. The Festival is more than a concert or outdoor fair. It is a family reunion for lovers of this great culture. In 2010, the Festival expanded to a week-long format of programming and topped BHF history with a record breaking 20,000 in attendance. www.bkhiphopfestival.com
About Crewest Gallery:
We promote only the most talented underground artists, known and unknown, from the West Coast and beyond. From graffiti to digital art, from paint to sculpture, our art exhibits are focused on what’s current, relevant, and happening now. Our purpose is to promote gifted artists who’s work may be too edgy and non-conventional for other elitist venues. We cater to art that speaks to the heart and soul as well as the mind. We believe in bringing raw and powerful artwork to the people of Los Angeles. www.crewest.com
About Honolulu Academy Of Art:
Founded in 1927, the Honolulu Academy of Arts is Hawai‘i’s largest private presenter of visual arts programs, with an internationally recognized collection of more than 50,000 works spanning 5,000 years. In addition, film and concert programs, lectures, art classes and workshops make the Honolulu Academy of Arts the city’s cultural hub. www.honoluluacademy.org
About Life Is Living:
LIFE is LIVING establishes a new model for partnerships between diverse and under-resourced communities, green action agencies, and the contemporary arts world. Since 2008, under the artistic direction of Marc Bamuthi Joseph, LIFE is LIVING has grown from a festival that uses art to foster environmental justice to a mobilized campaign much larger in scope. Highly successful LIFE is LIVING events have taken place in Harlem, Chicago, Houston, and Oakland, with further work proposed for Philadelphia, San Francisco, and the Twin Cities. The campaign includes a traveling environmental caucus & concert, an invitational Graffiti Battle, live action sports, sustainable materials construction projects, and a Speak Green youth poetry event. As we reflect the voices of an emerging cultural majority, we recognize that our arts practices must echo and sustain the lives of the communities we engage. www.lifeisliving.org
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