Had fun painting these little toy trucks for 1AM Gallery’s October exhibition, “Honey, I Shrunk the Streets.”

Show will be showcasing artwork on miniature billboards, trucks, dumpsters, and brick  walls. Exhibit opens October 16, 2014.

To purchase these, drop by the gallery or visit www.1amsf.com

Mele Murals is a youth development, arts education, cultural preservation, and community-building project.  Begun in late 2013, local artists, youth, and other community members spanning the eight major islands of Hawai`i are creating a series of large-scale outdoor murals focusing on Hawaiian lyrics (mele) that explore mo`olelo `aina (stories of place) and cultural and historical heritage. Initially conceived by Estria, the program has expanded with input from dozens of community members. As of summer 2014, Mele Murals is the premier program offering of The Estria Foundation.

Goals of Mele Murals
Our work honors the last commands of our King David Kalakaua, “Look to the keiki, teach them, groom them, show them wonder, and inspire them.” Mele Murals affords a platform to teach young people to become storytellers, painters, and community leaders.

The program’s goals are to:
• Create an all-islands public art project that is artistically excellent, deeply connected to the history of Hawai‘i, and a source of pride.
• Build and sustain an Art in Public movement across the island chain.
• Beautify the islands with professional works of art.
• Develop arts-interested youth into visual storytellers by educating them on local history, showing them how to connect to ancestors, and developing their artistic skills.
• Provide opportunities for youth to explore Hawaiian oral storytelling tradition, to learn how to read kaona, and to preserve Hawaiian values
• Educate about Hawaii’s cultural heritage.
• Teach public art techniques that are not taught in conventional arts classes.
• Increase cross-generation and cross-island engagement by creating new and exciting opportunities for all generations to learn and share mele and stories.
• Develop leadership, organizing, and public speaking skills.
• Enhance student creative and critical thinking skills through the mural arts process and support for arts educators and teaching artists.
• Increase social connection among youth artists by developing and supporting a network of youth mural clubs across the islands and connecting these clubs to area cultural workers.
• Use a broad set of media tools to share the stories of the mele with a broad, global audience, highlighting important artistic, cultural, and historical themes.

For more information, check out melemurals.org

The Estria Battle is a national aerosol art competition that honors and advances creativity in the hip-hop arts. The battle was founded in 2007 by urban art living legend Estria Miyashiro and arts educator Jason Mateo, with support from Youth Speaks, Inc. Through this art form of messaging, the competition encourages Style Writers to communicate social justice issues and empowers communities with spirit and beauty. The battle is a project of the Estria Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Art in Public inspires our youth and improves our communities. Our extensive work with youth has shown that they long to be recognized for their ideas, creativity and accomplishments. Street art is a visual art form that provides the youth with a way to express their fears, their hopes and their dreams. This outlaw art has demonstrated its potential to shift paradigms. Although Style Writing is often perceived as vandalism, it remains an art form that requires skill, technique and tremendous commitment to master. Art in Public decorates our cities, attracts people, tells stories, and builds community. When artists are provided a safe space to create, violence in the streets is lessens and young people are provided a positive outlet.

About The Estria Foundation
The Estria Foundation 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 Art in Public advocating justice and peace in under-served communities worldwide. www.estria.org

Overall Goals of the Battle:

  1. Promote contemporary, public, visual art as a positive alternative for youth from the hardships of city life.
  2. Build community among hip-hop, urban artists and arts enthusiasts.
  3. Create a forum where artists share messages about life in urban areas, struggles for social justice, and environmental issues.
  4. Help the general public understand graffiti as a subculture and raise awareness of graffiti as an art form.
  5. Generate excitement and inspiration within the urban art subculture.
  6. Showcase the depth of artistic talent involved in urban arts projects.
  7. Encourage today’s public artists to depict positive messages in their work.
  8. Promote gender, sexual, racial and class equality in hip-hop and the visual arts.