About this project
16 top artists live painting incredible pieces right before your eyes!
Activities for youth and teens encouraging positive creativity!
Rewards for supporters including awesome prints and cool gear!
The Estria Battle and Festival is a series of community events featuring some of the top talent in urban art.
On October 12th, The Estria Battle will bring more than 6,000 people to Oakland's DeFremery Park to watch some of the true masters of spray can art create paintings focused on positive themes.
The Estria Battle is presented in partnership with Youth Speaks at the Life Is
Living Festival. More than 50 food justice, environmental, and legal aid groups participate, drawing
a broad cross-section of the community. We build a series of events around the Battle that become Oakland's celebration of public art rooted in positivity, and social justice.
Attending will be an unforgettable experience for participants and visitors and we need your help to make it happen.
Now in its sixth year,
the Battle has expanded from the backyard of Eastside Arts Alliance with only 70 people attending to a multi-event, two-week festival celebrating the
visual arts with over 26,000 audience members.
The Estria Battle was created in 2007 by globally renowned muralist Estria Miyashiro and arts educator Jason Mateo. We've taken it to Harlem, Brooklyn, Chicago, Honolulu, Los Angeles, and Oakland.
Estria Battle. We're bringing 16 incredible artists to create a live painting experience rooted in positive community messages and social justice principles.
At the beginning of the Battle, a one word theme is revealed. "Grow," "Heal," and "Live," have been used in previous years. After learning the word, artists have five hours to paint a positive, technically and creatively excellent piece while people of all ages watch and enjoy. The 2013 theme focuses on "the will to dream.”
At The Blackbook Jam, youth are given a sketchbook, markers, and 3 hours to create art pieces based on a positive theme. This gives young people a chance to show what they can do and to be part of the fun. (Ages 14-21)
This year, our first-ever
Youth Group Art Jam invites teams from arts
organizations to use a variety of supplies to create positive works of art. Judges give feedback and reward the top pieces.
In The Stencil Workshop, youth design their own t-shirts. Each shirt is a unique, personal souvenir of their participation in the Festival.
Battle Festival Week Events
By supporting our Kickstarter, you're also helping us create these Festival Week events.
Estria Battle Art Gallery Exhibition (October 3rd – October 31), showcases the work of nationally renowned artists who have made their name in public art and who have participated in the Battles.
Art in Public Slideshow (October 10th), a crowd-favorite slideshow where 10 artists present 20 images for 20 seconds. This allows viewers to get to know the artists and the power of art in public more intimately.
In-School Workshops (TBD), bring classroom instruction and paint demos to a local school. Artists come to school to talk about art career development and art techniques and offer hands on learning.
The Sunday Paint Jam (October 13th) is an event where artists paint a public school in Oakland. This is an important time for the artists and organizers to give back to the community.
Supporting our Kickstarter campaign comes with some incredible rewards. We have great gear and wonderful prints from our team and friends. NOTE: Kickstarter only allows you to purchase 1 reward. If you would like to purchase more than one reward, please email us at: Info@Estria.Org
How Will the Funds Be Spent?
Combined, the events will cost us about $45,000 in total. We're running the Kickstarter to raise $25,000 so we can get our materials, artist expenses, and food and drink costs covered.
$25K pays for paint, canvasses, sketchbooks, markers and other materials costs. It pays for food and water for the events and basic artist, audio/visual and technical expenses.
We'll add stretch goals throughout the campaign if it is successful. Additional funds would be used to cover some of our labor costs, space rental, and other expenses.
Who Are We?
The Estria Battle and Festival is a program of The Estria Foundation.
Our mission is to create art in public spaces locally and globally. We collaborate with
communities on creative projects that raise awareness and inspire action in the
movement to advance culture and to resolve human and environmental issues.
Our team brings decades of experience in art making, community organizing, education, and social justice activism. We're proud to work with artists, activists, community partners, and attendees to make the Estria Battle an unforgettable experience.
We truly can't make this happen without you. Thank you for supporting and for sharing with your friends and contacts. Thank you for investing in such a unique and exciting event.
Thanks also to all of the artists, volunteers, staff members, and other friends who make the Battle possible. From the team who builds the artwork cubes to the people organizing supplies, to the speakers, food servers, and clean up crew, it takes a village to make this happen.
Your support is essential and we appreciate it greatly.
Risks and challenges
RISKS and CHALLENGES
Our largest risk is that we won't be able to make the Battle and Festival happen or that we will have to scale it down so it is considerably less engaging, less fun, and less educational.
A scaled down Battle and Festival would likely have fewer artists, less supplies, and we would likely cut out one or more of the activities that we know people enjoy.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter