Wild Art

Wild Art connects Northeast Los Angeles youth to nature in their own community.


By combining visual arts skills with sustainability and wildlife education, youth create a platform to creatively express themselves, connect to nature in LA and to take ownership of and pride in their community. We believe this introduction to wildlife and conservation issues is the first step in leading young people to engagement in and possibly beyond Los Angeles.

The students work with professional artist mentors to learn artistic skills (color theory, composition and still life drawing). They also receive education from a wildlife expert to teach them about the amazing biodiversity that exists right under their noses in Los Angeles. The students combine these lessons by creating their own wildlife-inspired artwork on painted aluminum–the templates we use are of threatened native species.

Wild Art Unveiling at the Los Angeles Zoo

These metal paintings from our first Wild Art program are part of a single large, sculpture publicly installed at the Los Angeles Zoo during its Wild for the Planet event, April 23-May22, 2016. Thank you to the Highland Park Neighborhood Council, Academia Avance and private donors for helping fund our sculpture! The sculpture will be seen by tens of thousands of people every day while on exhibit. If you would like to volunteer to help build it or sponsor it, please let us know!


Check out our crowdfunding video for this program, which helped us raise $14,000 towards finishing our sculpture and continuing the program in other communities.

Compilation of Still Life Drawings from Wild Art Participants

See how our nearly 200 participants interpreted the same still life!