FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Estria Foundation Brings Graffiti Art Competition To
Downtown Los Angeles, Gaining Support from Local Art Community
Los Angeles, CA – August 8, 2011 - Bay Area based arts organization, The Estria Foundation hosts the inaugural Los Angeles, Estria Invitational Graffiti Battle, on Saturday, August 13th, 2011, from 12-7pm, in partnership with Crewest Gallery (110 Winston St.). The graffiti battle, a nationwide urban art competition that honors and advances creativity in the Hip-Hop arts, has gained enormous support from the local art community and businesses. Sponsors in the art community include the ACLU, LACMA, MCLA, The Grawn, and the Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk.
“This is a key time for public art in Los Angeles, a moment in which the ‘street gallery’ has been recognized as an important artistic arena by major museum and gallery exhibitions, yet also a time in which many of our greatest historical murals have been defaced. Renewing the Mural Conservancy’s mission to preserve and document Los Angeles’ cultural legacy in the public art arena is especially timely today. Through embracing the younger generations of urban artists, such as those represented at the Estria Invitational Graffiti Battle, the history of Los Angeles will be preserved as depicted in its richly diverse public art.” – Isabel Rojas-Williams, Executive Director of the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles (a California 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization)
Other sponsors and partners that are contributing to the event include MTN Colors North America, Fatcap.com, Crescent’s Graffiti Paper, Cukui Clothing, Sharpie, Starbucks, Power 106, Jarritos, Roaring Lion Energy Drink, Big Man Cakes, Self Help Graphics and Art, Mixcrate.com, Friends We Love, and Can Love (Graffiti Recycling Program).
In addition to the Graffiti Battle, graffiti writer Vyal (2010 Estria Graffiti Battle King), will host the Blackbook Battle in two categories – Youth (18 and under), and Adult (18+). To participate in the Blackbook competition you must sign up the day of the event. The first 30 to sign up will receive a Crescent Graffiti Paper Sketch Pad to use in the competition, and a Sharpie prize package for 1st-3rd place winners, (all supplies will be provided to participants). A t-shirt stencil workshop, and other planned activities for the day will provide an entertaining, and family friendly event for graffiti enthusiasts, and critics alike.
There will be 12 artists competing for a chance to advance to the final battle in Oakland, CA this fall. Artists in the LA Battle will be announced the day of the event on the Estria Battle twitter account @estriabattle. Interested volunteers may sign up through this link > http://ht.ly/5WtPQ
12-7pm Graffiti Battle
2-4:30pm Black Book Battle (artists sign up before 1:30pm to enter competition)
About 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 Crewest Gallery: Crewest is a gallery that supports some of the most talented underground artists from the West Coast and beyond. The gallery’s focus is on urban & graffiti art created through painting, sculpture, digital, and print medias. All of the exhibits housed at Crewest deal with what is current, and significant within the realm of the urban art experience. Hours of operation are Tues. thru Thurs.: noon – 7pm, Fri. and Sat.: 12pm -8pm, Sun.: Noon – 6pm and Closed Mondays (except by appointment only). Visit the gallery online at: www.crewest.com.
*Press can schedule an interview with Estria and other participants the day of the event (Saturday, 8/13/11), by filling out this form > http://ht.ly/5WwtS
L.A. Battle Contact:
Shawni D., L.A. PR and EIGB Event Coordinator