WaterWrites is an international series of collaborative murals about critical water issues, supported by the Estria Foundation.


The theme of water connects participating communities and documents current local and international water crises.

WaterWrites’ collective creative process engages youth, artists, organizers, and environmental activists to create imagery which reflects the relationship between the people and the water of each area. Community members are invited to a public paint day to participate in bringing these ideas into reality. The final murals are accessible to view by the public and also to communities across the world through video documentation and the Internet. The hope is to spark discussions and cross collaboration between the participating cities and water warriors across the world.


Through painting with some of the communities most affected by water rights issues, the Estria Foundation shares its artistic techniques to assist ongoing grassroots struggles, create a global platform to raise awareness, and inspire a movement. WaterWrites Mural Series has taken place in Los Angeles, Oakland, and Orleans California, Honolulu, Hawaii, Gaza Strip, Palestine, Palawan, Philippines, Usulután, El Salvador, Bogota, Colombia, Cape Town, South Africa, Phoenix, Arizona, and more.

Here are two sample videos:

“’Ola ka Wai, Ola ka Honua’” Water Writes Honolulu” — http://www.estria.org/water-writes/03-honolulu-hi/

“UnDam the Kalamath River” — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7FLM0kEVAk

For further information: http://www.estria.org/water-writes/

WaterWrites was submitted by
Vanessa “Agana” Espinoza
3Digital Aerosol Artist