We were thrilled to be asked by our corporate partners, LUSH Cosmetics, to participate in their Western Regional Managers Conference in Scottsdale Arizona, May 2018. Not only did we learn more about the amazingly progressive ethic of LUSH and their Charity Pot program, but we also were able to share RuckusRoots’ mission with lots of wonderful Lushies and run a version of our TRASHformation program in support of No More Deaths, another LUSH-funded organization.
No More Deaths is a volunteer-led, Arizona-based organization aimed at stopping immigration-related deaths and dangerous situations on the US-Mexico border. They believe that saving the lives of those enduring treacherous, life-threatening treks across the desert is a humanitarian responsibility. However, they have faced much backlash both politically and legally for the simple act of providing water, food, and very basic medical attention to these suffering humans.
We designed a TRASHformation project to directly aid No More Deaths volunteers by offering both cooling shade and uplifting messages. Nearly 120 participants built our “Woven Hearts Art Tarp” in about three hours. It is made almost entirely out of recycled materials (LUSH charity pot lids, recycled fabric, etc.). Colorful zip ties connect thousands of lids, while hundreds of positive messages of solidarity adorn fabric circles glued to the lids. This 10’ x 7’ quilt-like piece will act as a mobile shade tarp and can be installed in many different ways—off of existing plants, vehicles, structures or poles. It will last for quite some time in the searing desert sun thanks to the durability of the materials, and its breathable nature will allow high desert winds to pass through without causing any danger.
Stay tuned for an Instructable on exactly how we built our Woven Hearts Art Tarp, as well as pictures of the piece installed in the Arizona desert!
We are very pleased to announce that we’re starting 2017 with a bang. Thanks to YOU, we met (actually surpassed) our 10K goal and raised $11,300 during our end of year crowdfunder. What an inspiring way to end 2016 and begin a new year and new program. Thank you to everyone who donated and has supported our work along the way. We are so grateful for YOU!
These are some of the questions we asked students during the first week of our new Chimes for Change program at Larchmont High School. And thanks to our new iPads and partnership with SKIES, an interactive learning app developed by Cal Tech grads, students were able to answer these questions and see their answers posted alongside their classmates in real time.
This is just one of many exciting developments we’re bringing to our new and improved Chimes for Change program. Here are some others:
We finally have our own student tech devices (Thank you LUSH Charity Pot!)
Instead of just one, several professional artist mentors are involved in lending their expertise to this program. Learn more about each of them here.
We’ll be taking students to neighborhood council meetings to take our change-making abilities one step further.
And this is just the beginning! Because of these changes and even more we’ll reveal as the semester progresses, this is sure to be our most impactful program ever.
We are very excited to announce a new Chimes for Change program will begin at Larchmont High School in January. This fall and winter we have been reviewing feedback from our pilot Chimes for Change program, applying what we learned to planning the new one, and we’re making some exciting changes and additions to the curriculum as a result!
Some new features include:
–New learning outcomes: besides sustainable design/building, music composition and sound recording, participants will also learn digital mapping, the physics of sound and science of materials.
–Students will work with several different artist mentors, each one an experts in his/her chosen field. Public art, music, engineering, science and civic outreach will all be taught by working professionals.
–We also hope to also design and build a display for the chimes that becomes a replicable interactive sustainability learning tool to directly address the needs of schools and communities.
–New Partners! Thanks to LUSH Cosmetics, SKIES, Larchmont High School and Gabba Gabba Gallery for supporting and collaborating with us on this project.
We’re also doing summery things like swimming in rivers, going to the beach, hiking in the mountains and visiting our friends and family, and we encourage you to do the same! There is nothing more revitalizing than being in nature with the people you love.
Here’s hoping you’re all having a wonderful summer – we’ll check back in soon with updates about our upcoming program!
RuckusRoots receives $10,100 through charitable giving program!
We are pleased to announce that RuckusRoots has received a generous grant from LUSH North America’s Charity Pot Program. This amazing cosmetics company donates thousands every year to grassroots organizations, and we are very grateful to have been selected as one of these. The funds will be used to purchase supplies, including several iPads, that will help us offer our Chimes for Change music program to underserved teens in Los Angeles this fall! Our partners for this upcoming program will be announced in the next newsletter. Until then, check out past Chimes for Change creations here.
Our Wild Art Sculpture concluded its 5-week exhibition at the Los Angeles Zoo yesterday, after celebrating Endangered Species Day for the Zoo’s Wild for the Planet event. It was a perfect ending to a wonderful month, during which we met many awesome Angelinos who care about our planet, its creatures and the arts! The sculpture is moving to its new home in Highland Park, where the students who built it will be able to enjoy it for years to come.
Until then, enjoy this video, which shows our students presenting their piece on opening day at the Los Angeles Zoo, as well as artist mentor Nino Alicea sharing his thoughts on the power of collaborative arts to improve communities & change lives.
On April 23rd, we unveiled our Wild Art sculpture at the Los Angeles Zoo. Thanks to our crowdfunder from last fall, the Highland Park Neighborhood Council and Academia Avance Charter School, we were able to make this unprecedented event happen. Our Wild Art sculpture is the first outside art piece to ever be installed at the Los Angeles Zoo. Several of the student-artists who helped make the piece were able to come and present it to viewers on opening day. Following are pictures and video of the event. Congrats to all the students, thanks to artist mentor Nino Alicea, designer James Peterson and fabricator Scott Froschauer for your help in bringing this piece to life.
We are very happy to announce that we have found placement for our Wild Art sculpture!
Thank you to everyone who has supported this project along the way, and thank you in advance to everyone who will help us build it.
Here are the Details
Our students’ Wild Art paintings will be on display for a month starting on Earth Day (April 23rd) and ending on Endangered Species Day (May 22nd), as part of the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens’s Wild for the Planet Event. Come see us across from the Eucalyptus Grove in the Zoo.
Made with help from 200 youth from Academia Avance in Northeast Los Angeles, the sculpture features paintings of local threatened species, including the monarch butterfly, mountain lion, peregrine falcon and steelhead trout. In RuckusRoots’ Wild Art program, students combined ecology, wildlife and art training to create this sculpture. They hope it will bring awareness to the beautiful and diverse range of species that call Los Angeles home, and encourage viewers to consider ways in which humans, plants and animals can coexist harmoniously in our great city. This sculpture was made possible in part by the Highland Park Neighborhood Council and will find its permanent home in the students’ community of Highland Park after its exhibition at the LA Zoo.
If you would like to sponsor the sculpture or help us build it, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. More info on volunteer shifts and sponsorship opportunities coming soon!
Through the month of March, RuckusRoots has been enjoying a new collaboration with Black Box Consortium. This non profit organization was founded with the mission of empowering youth to pursue an education and profession in the field of Art and Design. To do that, Black Box is creating workshops and mentorship programs for our community in East Los Angeles. Our first workshop series was called Discovery through Drawing and was held on three Sundays in March.
This beginning workshop focused on contour drawing, watercolor and pencil drawing, and was offered for free to any age group. It was a great starting off point for our Art a la Carte series, which will feature a variety of workshops taught by skilled instructors in many different areas of design and art.
Stay tuned for our next workshop, to be announced soon!
The supercool website One Green Planet recently asked me, founder of RuckusRoots, to write an article about how we can use art to fight for the planet. I was pleased to contribute my views on ARTivism, as well as mention some of my favorite artists who expertly blend the worlds of art and eco-activism.