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The Estria Foundation

Mission

The Estria Foundation creates art in public spaces locally and globally with artists, youth, educators, and activists in order to raise awareness and inspire action in the movement to resolve human and environmental issues.

The Foundation

The Estria Foundation (TEF) is a non-profit organization working to create social change through the creation of art. TEF was founded by Estria Miyashiro and Jeremy LaTrasse in 2010. It is dedicated to creating lasting systemic social change by empowering local communities to work collectively and participate in our global network. We work towards a society that places value on people and the environment above the accumulation of wealth.

10 Points of Unity

These ten points of unity define the politics of The Estria Foundation and guide our work.

  • Free Speech
    We support freedom of expression, without fear of persecution.
  • Human Rights
    We believe in the protection of human rights.
  • Creativity
    Creativity leads to a healthier, more balanced lifestyle, with tolerance, openness, improved problem-solving, and increased self-confidence.
  • Self-Determination
    We support efforts for people to determine their own future.
  • Racial, Class, Gender, and Sexual Orientation Equality
    We oppose racism, classism, and gender and sexual discrimination.
  • Personal and Professional Development
    We believe on-going study makes people more effective leaders for achieving social change.
  • Youth as an Integral Part of Society
    Youth must be included in decision-making, and be given all opportunities for learning.
  • Environmental Consciousness
    We encourage environmental consciousness and rally communities’ efforts to ensure the survival of the human race and other living creatures.
  • Corporate Responsibility
    We encourage companies to have a positive impact on people and the environment.
  • Engagement
    We require engagement from stakeholders and a sense of ownership among the local people where our projects are located.

Company Values

  • Humility
  • Honesty
  • Forgiveness and Trust
  • Equality and respect for diverse groups and opinions
  • Efficiency; do more with less
  • Solidarity; stand together on issues publicly
  • Agreement to disagree, speak with respect and recognize when it’s time to move forward
  • Strive continually to improve
  • Respect; for the office and community
  • Individual accountability and collective responsibility
  • Balance, we encourage each other to enjoy all aspects of life
  • Integrity; be real
  • Quality; if we do something, we do it right
  • Remain open to change
  • Inspire creativity, passion, optimism and fun