The 5th Annual Estria Invitational Graffiti Battle

Partners With Crewest Gallery In Downtown Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA - July 21, 2011 - The 5th Annual Estria Invitational Graffiti Battle, a nationwide urban art competition that honors and advances creativity in the Hip Hop arts, is partnering with Crewest Gallery, downtown Los Angeles’ leading graffiti and street art gallery. The event will take place on Saturday, August 13, 2011 on 110 Winston St. in front of Crewest, from 12-6pm. There will be 12 artists competing for a chance to advance to the final battle in Oakland, CA this fall. Artists competing in the competition will be announced as the battle day approaches.

"We are very excited to be partnering up with the Estria Foundation in hosting this incredible event for the first time in Los Angeles. The Graffiti Battle will bring together some of our city's most talented artists and hundreds of fans to experience a unique block party event in front of our Downtown gallery for all to experience.We can't wait for the creativity and enthusiasm that this event will bring to our City and most especially to our local youth." - ManOne (Founder Crewest Gallery)

In addition to the Graffiti Battle, a Black Book Battle will be happening simultaneously and will hold three categories - Youth (12-21), Adult (21+), and a Women’s only division. To participate in the Black Book Battle 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 battle, (all supplies will be provided to participants).

Event Schedule:

12-6pm Graffiti Battle

2-4:30pm Black Book Battle (artists sign up before 1:30pm to enter competition)

Artists competing in the LA Battle will be announced in August. Interested artists can sign up to compete at www.estriabattle.com. Sponsors for the Los Angeles Battle include MTN Colors, Fatcap.com, Crescent’s Graffiti Paper, and Cukui Clothing.

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.



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