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We raised over $14,000! Our crowdfunding campaign for Wild Art was a success, thanks to generous donations from people just like YOU! We were able to raise 70% of our goal of $20,000. Of course we were shooting for 100%, but we are very happy with what we were able to accomplish together, and can't wait ...

New Reward: Custom T-shirts!

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With only three days left of our crowdfunder and we're super excited to say we've raised over $13,000 so far - almost 70% of our goal of $20K. Thank you so much to everyone who has contributed and shared our campaign! For the final push we are announcing a new reward: custom shirts! Adrien Oneiga is a good ...

Update: We’re Over Halfway There!

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funds update

  After receiving some wonderful contributions over the past 10 days, including $5,000 from the Brotman Foundation of California, we have raised nearly $12,000, over 1/2 of our goal! Our momentum is great right now, and with your help, I know we can reach our $20,000 goal! Thank you to those who have contributed so far, ...

Help Young Artists Thrive in Their Community!

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Our Crowdfunder Has Launched... Watch the video and read on to find out how you can help these young artists make a mark on their community! If you have been following our work, you know that the main goal of our program, Wild Art is to build community and sustainability through art. This program gives LA youth a chance to make ...

Wild Art Summer Camps with RuckusRoots!

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This summer we had a blast leading some wildlife and art-based workshops with local kids. Based on our middle school-aged program Wild Art, these workshops were geared towards younger kids and held in Northeast LA at Heartbeat House Dance Studio. We taught our participants about local wildlife, like the mountain lion, trout, falcon and monarch ...

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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a student creates her still life drawing

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!