RuckusRoots Program “Wild Art” Wraps Up at Academia Avance

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Wild Art, a RuckusRoots program that connects underserved LA teens to nature in their own community and teaches them visual art skills, wrapped up last week at Academia Avance in Highland Park, Los Angeles. Over the course of 8 weeks, nearly 180 eighth and ninth graders worked with professional artist mentor Nino Alicea to learn artistic ...

Mid-Program Progress: Still Life Drawings by Highland Park Youth

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As part of our newest Urban Wildlife program, students first learn color theory, composition and still life drawing skills before moving on to the bigger, collaborative project. This video shows their mid-program progress. We have some very talented students in these classes of 8th and 9th graders, and are so excited for the opportunity to offer ...

New Community Art Program Begins at Academia Avance

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It's a perfect way to spend Earth Day, if you ask me. We are starting our second week at Academia Avance today, where we are running a community art program focused on sustainability and endangered urban wildlife. Today, I asked the students to think about what sustainability means to them, and then we learned color ...

New Program Announced Academia Avance!

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We're very excited to announce we're starting a new TRASHformation program at Academia Avance in Highland Park on April 15th. We will be working with new artist mentor Nino Alicea, with 120 youth from April 15th-June 4th. More details coming soon!

Call to Artists!

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CALL TO ARTISTS RuckusRoots is looking for another artist mentor to join our team. Are you skilled in building, painting, crafting, fabricating and/or sculpting? What about digital skills: CAD, electronic music production and/or graphic design? Other skills not mentioned? That's cool! Tell us what you can do. Must haves: positive attitude, ability to commit to part time ...

Spring Ahead with RuckusRoots

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There's nothing like Daylight Savings Time to really make Spring come alive. And with the Spring weather and extra sunlight, we here at RuckusRoots are feeling very inspired to get going with some amazing programs this year. Here's what we've been up to: --Moved office spaces; our new home base is in Glassell Park, Los Angeles, still ...

Two Birds, One Stone: Holiday Shopping That Supports RuckusRoots!

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At RuckusRoots, we love making things; there's no better time of year to get cozy around a craft table! We've been making beautiful jewelry repurposed from donated goods, and we'll be selling it this Saturday at the Silverlake Craft Fair. These mini fundraisers are what help sustain us throughout the year. Please come see us ...

Gratitude Workshop: Thanksgiving Weekend

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  We are so excited about this upcoming event. In our effort to hold several mini-fundraisers this holiday season, we have joined forces with an amazing artist of movement and healing, Kristen Huffman. One of our interactive art pieces will be present, and will allow for participants to share a moment of gratitude at the end ...

Happy Halloween from RuckusRoots!

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We here at RuckusRoots love Halloween….with the emphasis on candy and playing dress up, what’s not to like? October is also our founder’s birthday month, so there’s that. No matter what you do this Halloween, we want to remind you that picking a costume is a perfect opportunity to get creative with “throw away” materials ...