A local graffiti muralist is commissioning artists to create 10 collaborative murals in 10 different cities around the world -- including one in Oakland -- reports ColorLines. The project, called Water Writes, will use street art to examine the global water crisis and its impact on communities. The murals are
being sponsored by Estria, a foundation started by local street art pioneer Estria Miyashiro, that is dedicated to bringing attention to human and environmental issues through art.

One mural has already been completed in Los Angeles. Other U.S. mural sites include Hawaii (Miyashiro’s home state) and Arizona, and the group is planning other murals in the Philippines, Gaza, El Salvador and Colombia.

In Oakland, Estria Foundation is partnering with young artists from Visual Element Program of the East Side Arts Alliance to create the mural.

The Oakland mural, which is still in progress at Broadway and 21st
Street, can be seen here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/22336189@N07/5647060503/

Andrew Lam is author of "East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres."