Posted by Ashley Gardini on Art Nerd SF.
Head out to the East Bay this Saturday to take part in the Life is Living Festival, the finale of the PRISM: Urban Art and Culture Festival organized by The Estria Foundation. The Life is Living Festival is a daylong event taking place at Defremery Park at 16th and Adeline Streets. The weather should be lovely, so grab some friends or family and enjoy a day celebrating the arts in Oakland.
The highlight of the Life is Living Festival is the Estria Battle – a graffiti art battle that’s now in its sixth year. Sixteen premier graffiti artists from across the country are invited to compete. The instructions are simple: the artists have 5 hours to create a work based on a word revealed at the beginning of the competition on a 8 x 12 ft. canvas. The winner of the Estria Battle will be given 400 Montana Cans. Though the most exciting part of the Estria Battle for me is the opportunity to watch sixteen amazing graffiti artists in action! Don’t miss out!
But the Estria Battle isn’t the only event at the Life is Living Festival. There is a youth-focused stencil workshop where you can spray paint positive images on t-shirts, a blackbook battle for 14 to 21 year olds creating drawings based on the day’s theme, and youth mural battle whose winning canvases will be exhibited at the Oakland Public Library. In addition, there will be a dance stage hosted by the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts featuring Samba, East and West African dance traditions.
So head out to Oakland this weekend to support this positive community arts event!
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(All images courtesy of Mosshouse)