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New Chimes for Change Program at Larchmont

November 22, 2016

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 … Read more

Matching Funds for Chimes for Change!

July 28, 2016

  Hi Everyone! We just wanted to send a quick update about our summer activities. We’re working on fundraising and gathering materials for a new Chimes for Change program in the fall. Chimes for Change is an education, multi-media experiences that teaches students both visual and audio art skills. We are so exciting to be … Read more

Thank You, Lush Charity Pot!

June 5, 2016

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 … Read more

Student Presentation: Opening Day at the Los Angeles Zoo

May 25, 2016

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 … Read more

Unveiling of Wild Art Sculpture at the LA Zoo

May 9, 2016

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 … Read more

We’re Going to the Zoo!

April 6, 2016

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 … Read more

Discovery Through Drawing with Black Box Consortium

April 1, 2016

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 … Read more

RuckusRoots featured on One Green Planet

March 23, 2016

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. Check … Read more

RuckusRoots Goes to Fig Jam!

March 20, 2016

We had a blast on Saturday, March 19th at Fig Jam – a Highland Park community event complete with musical performances, food trucks and lots of grassroots organizations. We used the opportunity to spread the word about our Wild Art sculpture, for which we are still searching for a home. As a recap: our final sculpture … Read more

Thank You, Highland Park Neighborhood Council!

March 5, 2016

We are very grateful to the Highland Park Neighborhood Council for awarding us our 2nd Neighborhood Purpose Grant last night! We are very excited that the council supports our efforts with Wild Art, and we can’t wait to find a home for our piece. We have been working hard looking for exhibition sites, and can’t wait … Read more

Our Latest Newsletter: Fire Monkey Updates!

February 24, 2016

In our latest newsletter we catch you up on our new year goals and latest happenings. Oh and we talk about the year of the Fire Monkey…whatever that is. Read it here. 

New Year, New Projects, New T-Shirts

January 13, 2016

Happy 2016, Everyone! We’re thrilled to say that we ended 2015 with a bang, thanks to many of you who contributed to our crowdfunder. We are proud of the work we did in 2015 and can’t wait to build upon it in 2016. Here’s what’s happening in upcoming months: -Rewards for crowdfunder donors will be … Read more

VisionLA Fest: Where Climate Change & Art Collide

December 9, 2015

Unless you’ve been living under a rock in Los Angeles (somewhere in Griffith Park or the LA River, I assume), you’ve probably stumbled across one of of the great art events taking place as part of VisionLA Fest over the last few weeks. Scheduled to coincide with the Conference on Climate Change in Paris (Nov. … Read more

Thanks to You…

November 9, 2015

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 … Read more

New Reward: Custom T-shirts!

November 4, 2015

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 … Read more

Update: We’re Over Halfway There!

October 10, 2015

  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 … Read more

Help Young Artists Thrive in Their Community!

October 1, 2015

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 … Read more

Crowdfunder Coming Soon!

September 15, 2015

We will soon be launching our first crowdfunding campaign to raise money for our program Wild Art. We can’t wait to share it with you…until then, please enjoy this blooper reel of our founder out in the wild!

Wild Art Summer Camps with RuckusRoots!

August 24, 2015

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 … Read more

RuckusRoots Program “Wild Art” Wraps Up at Academia Avance

June 10, 2015

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 … Read more

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

May 12, 2015

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 … Read more

New Community Art Program Begins at Academia Avance

April 22, 2015

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 … Read more

New Program Announced Academia Avance!

April 8, 2015

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!

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Call to Artists!

March 28, 2015

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 … Read more

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Spring Ahead with RuckusRoots

March 9, 2015

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 … Read more

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

December 10, 2014

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 … Read more

Gratitude Workshop: Thanksgiving Weekend

November 24, 2014

  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 … Read more

Join us Today at the Holiday Bazaar!

November 22, 2014

We’ll be teaching a recycled ornament workshop and selling upcycled jewelry to support RuckusRoots programming. Please join us from 6-9pm on Saturday, Nov. 22nd. Lots of other great vendors will be featured as well. Heartbeat House Dance Studio is located at 3141 Glendale Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90039.

Happy Halloween from RuckusRoots!

October 29, 2014

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 … Read more

Join us at the Frogtown Art Walk!

September 6, 2014

“Your Hug,” the 11-foot tall, interactive teddy bear sculpture RuckusRoots built with middle school students from Highland Park last semester, will be showing at the Frogtown Art Walk this September 13th, 2014. With live music and lots of exhibiting local artist, this event is not to be missed! Our piece will be showing at 2902 … Read more

Building the Bear: Our Process

August 8, 2014

The summer is lingering on, and we’ve been having a great one – enjoying some much needed time with family and friends. We are excited to come back refreshed and renewed for the coming fall semester. Until then, here’s a gallery of images of our most recent piece, “Your Hug,” built with artist mentor Rebekah … Read more

RuckusRoots Sculpture Debuts at Northeast LA Art Walk

May 15, 2014

Our latest TRASHformation sculpture enjoyed a successful premiere last weekend at during the Northeast LA Art Gallery Night in Highland Park. The sculpture was on display at The Church on York last Saturday during the art walk. We teamed up with 127 middle school students from Academia Avance in Highland Park, CA to create an … Read more

RuckusRoots goes to Coachella with CryoChrome!

May 4, 2014

If you were wondering what RuckusRoots was up to this April, look no further than CryoChrome, one of the must sought after art installations on display during this years Coachella Valley Music Festival in Indio, CA. We spent 18 days in the desert to help make CryoChrome come to life. The piece was the brain … Read more

RuckusRoots Chosen to attend Annenberg Alchemy Seminar

April 3, 2014

We’re looking forward to completing the last leg of our Annenberg Alchemy seminar this coming June. We attended the first two sessions this past March at the Science Center. We were thrilled when we found out earlier this year that RuckusRoots had been chosen to participate in this year’s annual Annenberg Alchemy seminar. The seminar consists … Read more

This week during TRASHformation: Fabric Mache

March 7, 2014

Last week saw a lot of progress made in our TRASHformation program at Academia Avance middle school in Highland Park. Since the students had recently learned how to create a small 3D sculptural model, it was now time to think about how we will create the “skin” of our piece. Besides mentoring the students, Rebekah … Read more

In Full Swing: TRASHformation in Highland Park

February 21, 2014

With our TRASHformation program in full swing at Academia Avance middle school, we decided to push the flow of creativity and excitement by having each student prototype their original sculpture ideas. We did this so each student could gain a greater understanding of the process to creating their own large-scale art piece; from drafting art … Read more

Day 2: Academia Avance’s TRASHformation

February 6, 2014

We started off classes by introducing the selected art proposal from last week, which will serve as inspiration towards our final project. The winner, Brisa Cabrera Diaz, age 11, wrote her proposal based on her experience with her teddy bear, which makes her feel better when she hugs it. She wrote of an individual capable … Read more

New TRASHformation Program Begins at Academia Avance

January 23, 2014

This past Tuesday, January 21st, marked the kick-off of our TRASHformation project with the Academia Avance Middle School students in Lincoln Heights. We are very excited to find out what ideas these kids have in store for our lead artist, Miss Rebekah Waites (creator of the Church Trap). From prep-time at 8:00 a.m. to dismissal … Read more

Thank You, Highland Park Neighborhood Council

January 19, 2014

We are pleased to announce the Highland Park Neighborhood Council has awarded us a Neighborhood Purpose Grant to support the upcoming TRASHformation we will be conducting with middle school students from Academia Avance. The program starts on Tuesday, January 21st, and we couldn’t be more excited, and thrilled to have the support of the community! … Read more

Interview with a Highland Park Innovator

December 11, 2013

     Many believe the first step towards change begins with one’s self; this belief has proven to be more than just an idea to an extraordinary Highland Park resident. Chan Wing Lam has proven himself much more than just a loving husband and father, but also an innovator who has recently acted upon his … Read more

Meet our fall Strong Roots Interns

December 5, 2013

Fall Strong Roots Internship As part of our Strong Roots internship program, RuckusRoots has taken on two new interns for the fall semester. Strong Roots is an internship program in which LA teens learn sustainable art, building and design skills with guidance from RuckusRoots staff artists. Both interns, seniors from Academia Avance Charter School in … Read more

Call to Artists in the East LA Area!

December 5, 2013

Ruckus Roots, a local non-profit organization, is seeking an energetic, optimistic mind for a TRASHFormation project to take place once a week, beginning in the month of January, (2014) and running for 2 or 3 months. TRASHformation is an interactive, improvisational art experience that transforms community-generated waste into a substantially and collaboratively built art piece, … Read more

Chimes for Change: A Success at Soundwalk 2013

October 9, 2013

RuckusRoots premieres ‘Chimes for Change’ at Soundwalk  Last Saturday, Loyola High School students from our pilot ‘Chimes for Change‘ program displayed over 30 wind chime sound installations at Soundwalk, one of the country’s biggest sound art exhibits, in Long Beach. The program was a collaboration with music and sound art teacher Steven Speciale and visual … Read more

Find us at Soundwalk!

October 2, 2013

Soundwalk, here we come! All the cool kids are doing it! And if you’re one of the cool kids, you’ll be joining us this Saturday in Long Beach for the 10th Annual Soundwalk Festival, where students from Loyola High School, our first ever Chimes for Change participants, will be showing off their amazing wind chime … Read more

First Listen: Songs by Chimes for Change Participants

October 1, 2013

The pilot of our Chimes for Change program is humming along nicely, and we’re excited to give you a sneak peek of student songs! This weekend, we’re revealing our students’ hard work at Soundwalk 2013, a premier sound art exhibition in Long Beach, CA. Over the last couple months, students from Loyola High School worked … Read more

Chimes for Change Begins!

September 18, 2013

This week we began the pilot community art program ‘Chimes for Change,’ a music-based variation of TRASHformation. We’re working with students from Loyola High School to fabricate mobile sound installations, or wind chimes, made from found and recycled materials. Unlike TRASHformation programs in the past, Chimes for Change participants have the opportunity to create their … Read more

Off the Grid for a Greater Good

August 14, 2013

Not many people can say that they’ve even traveled across the country, let alone cycled across its entirety. And that’s not even the impressive part. Rob Greenfield set out with a mission to ride across the US living entirely off the grid. Meaning he would eat locally produced, organic, and unpackaged foods, use water solely from … Read more

RuckusRoots teams up with Jericho Road Pasadena

August 13, 2013

We couldn’t be more excited to be working  with The Jericho Road Project in Pasadena. Dedicated to helping up-and -coming non profits, specifically those with a mission to provide much needed services to underserved residents in their communities, they connect non profits with volunteers who fulfill a variety of internal needs-from marketing to grant research … Read more

New Video: The Nighthawk Unveiled!

July 29, 2013

See one of our recent TRASHformations in action and hear what our participants have to say about it.  

Chimes for Change to Show at Sound Walk 2013

July 20, 2013

In its 10th year, Sound Walk is one of the biggest and most well respected sound art expositions in the country. We are so thrilled to announce that wind chimes made in our Chimes for Change program were accepted to show at Sound Walk 2013. What a great opportunity for our program participants! We will … Read more

RuckusRoots attends LIB: Greenest fest around

July 9, 2013

This weekend Lightning in a Bottle, a festival celebrating art, sustainability, music and life kicks off this weekend at its new location in Temecula, CA. The festival is produced by The Do Lab, an LA based event production company that heavily emphasizes sustainable approaches in its work. Lightning in a Bottle, or LIB, has won … Read more

New Video: “Eye in the Sky” at Legacy LA

June 26, 2013

After completing our collaborative art piece with Legacy LA youth, RuckusRoots and a few of the participants presented ‘Eye in the Sky’ to members of the Ramona Gardens community at the Legacy LA facilities, where it will permanently be on display. The event , called ‘Youth Teach In’ was orchestrated by third year members of … Read more

RuckusRoots Wind Chime To Show at Atwater Village Art Walk 2013

June 10, 2013

We’re very excited about our new program, Chimes for Change, which will launch this fall. Until then, we’re planning on making lots of wind chimes out of found objects and recycled materials, and enlisting our friends to do the same. The more the merrier, we say! Our first chime is complete, and I’m very happy … Read more

Legacy LA TRASHformation Complete

June 5, 2013

A few months ago we began a TRASHformation program with a group of at risk youth from the project housing community of Ramona Gardens in East LA. The youth, who we met with at Legacy LA, a non profit dedicated to making positive interventions in the lives of young people by offering alternatives to gangs and … Read more

Announcing a New Program: Chimes for Change

May 31, 2013

We’re very excited to announce a new program here at RuckusRoots: Chimes for Change. An offshoot of TRASHformation, Chimes for Change involves making wind chimes out of found and recycled materials. There are several elements of this program that we can’t quite discuss yet, but here are some hints. –Anyone can make a chime: student, … Read more

Officially Official: Stephanie and Robin Join RuckusRoots!

May 30, 2013

We’ve officially added two new members to the RuckusRoots team. We’re proud to announce that Stephanie Spehar and Robin Banks are our newest additions to the small, but growing RuckusRoots family. The two have both worked with RuckusRoots in the past and played a large part in establishing the non profit and helping to make … Read more

TRASHformation Nighthawk Flies To New Home at Nightingale MS

May 14, 2013

We’re so pleased to announce that the unveiling of our long-awaited TRASHformation sculpture at Nightingale Middle School went off without a hitch last Friday. Our participants helped dismantle the sculpture and carry it across campus to its new home in the lunch area. This location makes a perfect nesting ground for our bird since it … Read more

Highland Park HS signs on for a TRASHformation Collaboration!

May 8, 2013

East LA can’t get enough of TRASHformation We’re excited to announce yet another TRASHformation program, this newest collaboration is with our new friends at Highland Park High School and is set to begin for the Fall 2013 semester. Earlier this week, we stopped by the school to check out the campus and had the pleasure … Read more

Sessilanoid by James Peterson Accepted into Art Basel: Help Him Get it There!

May 7, 2013

James Peterson is an LA based artist whose latest interactive art piece, Sessilanoid, was accepted into Art Basel, one of the world’s premier art shows. James also happens to be a RuckusRoots collaborator; he’s worked with us on many projects, big and small. This opportunity is one of the biggest in his artistic career and … Read more

A Tree Grows in East LA

May 6, 2013

Legacy LA TRASHformation Nearly Complete  We’re putting the final touches on the TRASHformation piece we’ve created with young adults from LA non profit Legacy LA, an organization that focuses on youth development. Its mission is to make positive interventions in the lives of young people by offering alternatives to gangs and violence. RuckusRoots partnered with Legacy LA to create … Read more

Endings and Beginnings

April 16, 2013

We love springtime here at RuckusRoots, and this year is no different. Our taxes are filed, we’ve moved into new offices, and we’re about to finish two wonderful programs that have kept us inspired and challenged for several months. The Legacy LA TRASHformation is well underway (see the beginnings of our sculpture, above), and the … Read more

New TRASHformation Program Begins at Legacy LA

March 8, 2013

We are very excited to announce a new partnership with another great Los Angeles non profit, Legacy LA. Based in Boyle Heights, Legacy LA focuses on youth development; its mission is to make positive interventions in the lives of young people by offering alternatives to gangs and violence. “We build youth’s capacity to reach their … Read more

RuckusRoots Interns to Show TRASHformed Art at Taste of Highland Art

February 28, 2013

A Taste of What to Expect at Highland Park’s ‘Taste of Highland Art’ The senior class at Academia Avance in Highland Park have taken it upon themselves to produce a festival, appropriately called ‘Taste of Highland Art,’ where art, music and food come together in the hopes of giving folks a “taste” of what the … Read more

The Nighthawk Gets its Wings!

February 15, 2013

One man’s trash is another man’s Nighthawk Things are moving right along at Nightingale MS in the D3 Lab these last few weeks.  And we’re happy to report the Nighthawk structure is coming to life as the kids continue to add more and more of the repurposed ‘trash’ each time we meet. These days, the … Read more

The Nighthawk ‘Skeleton’ Unveiled

January 31, 2013

It’s been an exciting week for our TRASHformation program at Nightingale Middle School. Along with collaborating artist Robin Banks, the RuckusRoots team erected the body, or “skeleton” of our Nighthawk sculpture. We visited the lab on Wednesday to assess the trash with Robin and Jennifer Cunnigham, the D3 Lab coordinator, and made a rough sketch … Read more

Let the Building Begin!

January 28, 2013

It was a perfect rainy day to work in the D3 Lab. On Thursday the students spent the time in the lab learning to take ordinary chip bags and turn them into decoration for the sculpture. Last week the kids discussed how the trash would be used to make the sculpture. After assessing what we … Read more

TRASHforming to start next week!

January 17, 2013

TRASHformation is back in full swing in the D3 Lab at Nightingale Middle School! RuckusRoots returned to the lab this afternoon after the school’s winter break to vote on which draft of the nighthawk we would start constructing in the next few weeks. There were 3 drafts to choose from, each of which was drawn … Read more

To 2013 and Beyond!

January 9, 2013

We’re excited to begin a new year, and decided to start it off by taking a look back at what we accomplished in 2012. Check out our latest newsletter for some of our favorite photos and stories from 2012. To 2013 and Beyond!  

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A Drawing Day at Nightingale Middle School

December 13, 2012

Today was our final day at Nightingale Middle School before the holiday break. This week the students continued working on their drafts of the Nighthawk sculpture we will build when we return to school in the new year. Several groups of students completed great drawings; we’ll vote for the best one in January, and then … Read more

Latest Newsletter: Cool Collaborator Concepts

December 11, 2012

A few of our favorite collaborators are currently working on some amazing projects. Read our latest newsletter to find out what they’re up to and how you can help support these ARTivists we’re in awe of!

TRASHformation at D3 Lab @ Nightingale: Drafting the art piece

December 6, 2012

The research phase of our program continued today at the D3Lab as the students went through the data collected from the interviews conducted last week.  The TRASHformers received a lot great input, from students and staff alike. Going through the interview answers, the kids agreed that most of the students were excited about the idea … Read more

The Research Phase: Interviewing Students

December 5, 2012

After Thanksgiving break, we went back to D3 Lab at Nightingale Middle School, excited to begin a new phase of our TRASHformation program. As you may recall, we completed the waste audit and collected a lot of great materials for building a couple weeks back. The next step was for participating TRASHformers to interview fellow … Read more

A Ruckus-Filled Fall

November 25, 2012

In the mood for some light reading? Our latest newsletter will get you caught up on what we’ve been up to the last couple of months. Here’s a sneak peek: Check out Daryl Hannah and me (above) at the EcoChic Fashion Show, which took place during LA’s Fashion Week as a fundraiser for Project Save Our … Read more

The ReCycle Tree Goes to SF: Green Fest After Party

November 16, 2012

We were pumped to be asked by the lovely folks at the Sustainable Living Roadshow to bring our ReCycle Tree up to SF for the Green Fest after party last weekend. SLR threw the event in their new venue, located in the Mission district. We met all kinds of new friends, and had a blast … Read more

Waste Audit Day: D3 Labs, Nightingale Middle School

November 8, 2012

When “playing with trash” becomes a forum for creativity and collaboration! Today we took a big step forward in our TRASHformation program at D3 Labs at Nightingale Middle School in Cypress Park. We conducted a waste audit, assessing, recording and organizing all the different types of trash and recycling items the students had collected over … Read more

Progress Report: TRASHformation at Nightingale Middle School

November 5, 2012

Things are really starting to come along with our TRASHformation program at Nightingale Middle School’s D3 Lab in Cypress Park. In keeping with the D3 model, the kids are coming up with all of the ideas for how we will acquire trash, organize it and eventually build an art piece. Last week, we brought in … Read more

Incubating Ideas: TRASHformation at Nightingale Middle School

October 27, 2012

Our TRASHformation program is about 3 weeks old at Nightingale Middle School’s D3 Lab in Cypress Park, CA.  Each week we have been meeting with the students around lunch time, and have been devising a plan for what we are going to build. The students have come up with some initial ideas, but first, we … Read more

AASHE 2012: We Came, We Saw, We Leafed!

October 21, 2012

Our mini trashformation was a hit! We had a blast at the AASHE 2012 Conference, which, lucky for us took place in Los Angeles this year. The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s annual event represents the largest convergence of sustainability and education professionals in the country! We had a spot in the … Read more

RuckusRoots TRASHformation at Nightingale Middle School

October 10, 2012

RuckusRoots has an exciting day coming up tomorrow! We’re off to have lunch with the kids at the D3 Lab at Nightingale School in Cypress Park. We are excited to be meeting with the D3 Lab about a possible collaboration on a new TRASHformation project. “The D3 Lab is a space for students to explore … Read more

TRASHformation at Interbike for The ReCycle

September 26, 2012

Our TRASHformation for the ReCycle is complete!  Now it’s time to share some pictures and back story about how this mini-TRASHformation came together. Last month, RuckusRoots was asked to create a booth made completely from recycled materials for the launch of The ReCycle at the Interbike Expo, the world’s biggest bike trade show, held in Las Vegas, Sept 19-21, … Read more

RuckusRoots hard at work on latest TRASHformation!

September 10, 2012

RuckusRoots is excited to be working with a sustainably minded bike company to construct our newest Trashformation! The bike company will be unveiling its new line of bikes along with launching its brand for the very first time at Interbike, the country’s largest bike show, in Las Vegas on September 19th to the 21st. As … Read more

New Video: Hands Across the Sands with Marina DeBris

August 7, 2012

We had a GREAT time this weekend participating in the “Hands Across the Sands” global action against off shore drilling…check out the video below! On a beautiful Saturday in Malibu, CA, we met up with Marina DeBris, creator of wearable TRASHion made from refuse washed up on the beach. You may remember Marina was one … Read more

2012 London Olympics the most sustainable yet

July 31, 2012

The 2012 London Olympics skip the gold and go straight for the ‘green’   The summer Olympics are upon us and that means that millions of people will travel to London to attend the games. And while this ritual takes place every four years, there is something different about the games in London. For the … Read more

What Does It All Mean? Thoughts After Trashion Show

July 17, 2012

The fact of the matter is, we all love to have a good time, and we (mostly) all hope to do some good in the world while we’re here. On June 16th, RuckusRoots succeeded in throwing an event that achieved both of those things, a party with a purpose, if you will. TRASHion Show, a fundraiser and fashion … Read more

TRASHion Show: A Success

July 11, 2012

The fact of the matter is, we all love to have a good time, and we (mostly) all hope to do some good in the world while we’re here. On June 16th, RuckusRoots succeeded in throwing an event that achieved both of those things, a party with a purpose, if you will. TRASHion Show, a fundraiser and fashion … Read more

Designer Highlights: Kate Havens & Robin Banks of AntFarm LA

June 13, 2012

Kate Havens is a PhD candidate at USC, studying biokinesiology, or human movement. But when she’s not studying or teaching, you can find her crafting. Kate has always been interested in design and has created dozens of sewn, knitted, and crocheted items for family and friends. Blissfully married to Robin, she is an Art Customs supporter, … Read more

Designer Highlights: Susan Spehar of Paper Botanicals

June 13, 2012

We couldn’t be more happy to have artist Susan Spehar on board for our upcoming TRASHion Show. Susan is one of the co-founders of Paper Botanicals, which creates custom, couture hand-made paper sculptures for events and personal home decorating. Susan, who has been practicing art since her teenage years, specializes in large scale acrylic portraiture, pencil … Read more

Designer Highlights: Vanessa Bonet & Kasey McMahon of Psycho Girlfriend

June 11, 2012

Inventive Psycho Girlfriend designs–constructed from unexpected materials like circuit boards and plastic sporks– will grace the RuckusRoots’ TRASHion runway! Psycho Girlfriend is a wearable art collaboration effort by Vanessa Bonet and Kasey McMahon. The whimsical, highly detailed work is based on abstractions of fashion and sculpture on the human form. Both women are artists and … Read more

Designer Highlights: Jamia Weir of ArtGirlsy

June 9, 2012

  An up-and-coming designer joins the lineup, Jamia Weir of ArtGirlsy Jamia Weir is the creator of ArtGirlsy. But ArtGirlsy is more than just a creation, it is Jamia personified, and she is many things.  She is a visual artist, art teacher , jewelry & fashion designer, model, actress and an all around crafty lady. … Read more

Designer Highlights: Taryn Hipwell of EcoDivas TV

June 6, 2012

Getting closer to our event, here we highlight yet another amazing designer featured in our show: Taryn Hipwell of EcoDivas TV Taryn Hipwell is the founder and creator of EcoDivas TV. The goal of EcoDivas TV is to create awareness and build communities that focus on Eco film, fashion, cosmetics and food by sharing information … Read more

Designer Highlights: Marina DeBris of Washed Up

May 30, 2012

Another designer we love: Here we highlight Marina DeBris, the mastermind behind Washed Up. Marina DebRis was so frustrated with finding piles of trash on our beaches, that she felt she had to do something with it, and that’s just what she did. After 13 years of collecting trash found on California’s coasts, she has … Read more

Designer Highlights: Victor Wilde of Bohemian Society

May 22, 2012

  I bring you the first in a series highlighting the remarkable designers we have on board for our upcoming TRASHion Show: Victor Wilde of Bohemian Society The first in line is LA’s very own Victor Wilde. Wilde is the founder of Bohemian Society, a line of men and women’s high art garments and accessories … Read more

Welcome, Art Contraptions!

May 8, 2012

Art Contraptions, the latest collaborator to join the RuckusRoots team, is an LA-based design and fabrication house that specializes in everything from large scale, interactive sculpture to innovative  furniture and web design. James Peterson, one of the co-founders of Art Contraptions, is an ARTivist in his own right, and his philosophy about art’s function in our … Read more

Earth Day action around the globe!

April 26, 2012

  For over 40 years, people around the globe have been celebrating and participating in Earth Day, uniting millions of people worldwide in over 190 countries to take action and raise awareness about the environmental issues plaguing our planet. On this 42nd anniversary of Earth Day, folks from all over the world did their part … Read more

Earth Day and Coachella; how ‘green’ is this festival?

April 19, 2012

It’s that time of year again; Earth Week and festival season are officially here. Since the ladies of RuckusRoots will be spending Earth Day at Coachella, the West Coast’s favorite music and arts festival, we thought it might be prudent to investigate just what’s being done to offset the environmental impact of this 70,000 person event. We … Read more

An ARTivist we’re in awe of

March 27, 2012

  Anyone searching for a clear definition of ARTivism, the marriage of art and activism, need not look any further than artist Mandy Barker, whose work speaks for itself. Barker is just one of the many ARTivists who are using their work to represent the many issues plaguing our environment. Mandy Barker’s series of still-life … Read more

Mend your ‘un-green routine!’

March 14, 2012

While we at RuckusRoots believe in the old adage “Earth Day is every day!” We know that isn’t always the case. But fear not, there are plenty of every day things you can do to mend your ‘un-green routine.’ And with 2012’s Earth week fast approaching, what better time to promote awareness and appreciation for … Read more

At RuckusRoots, Spring has Sprung!

March 14, 2012

Spring is upon us in Los Angeles. And therefore, so is festival season. Lightning in a Bottle, Coachella, Maker Faire, Joshua Tree Music Festival and Earth Week at the University of Wisconsin, oh my! Spring has sprung…and we’ll be at most, if not all, of these events…stay tuned for details! Coachella         … Read more

Occupy Our Food Supply: RuckusRoots & Ant Farm Community Garden

March 1, 2012

  A huge movement in cities right now is urban gardening. At AntFarm Acres, a subsidiary of AntFarm, we have gone forward in starting a community garden. Our goal is to take the as of now raw backyard, and turn it into a sustainable garden, growing and giving food from our own garden. Making the … Read more

Valentine’s Day ARTivism!

February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine’s Day! Here’s a bit of LOVE-themed ARTivism for you: If you’re in the city, stop by Big ♥ NYC, an interactive LED sculpture in Times Square. Touch its sensor while kissing or holding hands and the 10-foot LED heart glows even more brightly! And if you take a picture by it and post … Read more

Trap Attack Success!

November 15, 2011

We had an amazing time at the Ruckus Roots/Paso Pacifico Trap Attack event at Platform Gallery. It made for a fun and successful evening. Thanks to everyone who came out, participated, contributed and joined in for the Trap Attack adventure! We couldn’t have been more happy with the turnout and how the evening unfolded. The … Read more

‘Something in the Water’ on display at AASHE Conference

October 14, 2011

    Plastic bags were used for the greater good to form an art exhibit called ‘Something in the Water’ at this year’s AASHE conference. Hundreds upon hundreds of plastic bags were crocheted into multiple ‘breasts’ to mimic the interference of toxins that are being passed to newborns through breast milk as a result of … Read more

News from the 2011 AASHE Conference

October 10, 2011

This week I’m excited to be reporting to you from the AASHE 2011 Conference. AASHE (The Association for the Advancement for Sustainability in Higher Education) holds the country’s biggest annual sustainability conference; this year it’s in lovely Pittsburgh! I’m here representing my nonprofit organization, RuckusRoots. We’ll be presenting about TRASHformation, an interactive, collaborative art program that turns … Read more

What do lipstick and orangutans have in common?

December 30, 2010

  In 2004, led by Wehea Chief Ledije Taq, the Wehea Dayak community of Borneo banded together and declared 38,000 hectares of their rainforest a “locally protected forest,” the Wehea Forest. A team of local people, named the Forest Guardians, are responsible for patrolling and protecting this forest, which is home to orangutans, sun bears, … Read more

Wisconsin TRASHformation Recap

April 14, 2010

WOW! What an incredible time was had at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh over Earth Week 2010! I’m ecstatic to report that our newest project, TRASH-formation, which the kind folks at UWOSH hosted and to helped to fund, exceeded our expectations. In case you don’t remember from previous posts, TRASH-formation is an interactive art experience … Read more

Lucent L’amour a Success!

February 16, 2010

Thanks to everyone, especially the folks at the Do Lab and the Ant Farm, for helping make our involvement in Lucent L’amour, LA’s biggest Valentine’s Day event, a screaming success! The event itself was a blast–the musical lineup along with the work brought by visual artists was truly awe inspiring. As for our contributions, the 4 pieces we brought, … Read more

What is ARTivism? Superawesome, we say

March 1, 2009

I’ve gotten a few sideways looks when using the word “artivism”…which is funny to me because it’s not really that strange of a word, is it? I mean words are thrown together to take on new meanings all the time—like, that’s so totally superawesome. Or, don’t be such a jerkface. And, artivism is an actual … Read more