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The Estria Foundation


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

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.


The Estria Foundation was founded in September 18th, 2010 by globally renowned mural artist Estria Miyashiro and technologist Jeremy LaTrasse in Oakland, California. Estria & Jeremy had a passion to start a nonprofit organization that would raise the social consciousness on human and environmental issues through public art projects, education, and community events across the globe. The first programs to be funded were the Water Writes mural series and the national art competitions of the Estria Battle.

The art competitions of the Estria Battle travelled nationally to Harlem, Brooklyn, Chicago, Los Angeles, Honolulu and Oakland. Since 2008, the Estria Battle has been a core component of the Life is Living Festival, with over 2,000 people attending each event. The Estria Battles ended in 2013 with over 6,000 attendees, 20 national artists competing, 5 youth teams competing, a youth art conference, an artist panel, and a print gallery show hosted by the Estria Foundation.

The Water Writes projectʻs goal was to complete twelve large scale murals within three years. The main goal was to raise local and international awareness of water crises in each city where each mural was completed with local schools and communities. The Water Writes mural series ended in 2014 with 12 domestic and international cities painted with large scale murals.

In 2014, a big push moved the offices of The Estria Foundation to Honolulu, Hawaii to support more projects and youth in Hawaii.

The Mele Murals project was piloted in 2013 and was launched into full production in 2014. From the completion of a Mele Mural at Kaimuki High School on Oahu, the after school program, Hālau Pāheona, was started in January 2016. It is currently integrated into the curriculum at Kaimuki High School to teach students a modern way of learning of Hawaiian culture using the visual arts.


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