Tag: Wind Chimes

Chimes for Change Event Announcement!

Our students at Larchmont High have been really hard at work these past few months designing their chimes and learning from our Artist Mentors in the process. Our vision for hanging these beautiful chimes from a portable, tree-like form have come true – and the end result is going to be amazing! We’ve been extremely lucky in our partnership with Tortoise Industries for the fabrication part of this project, and we’re happy to say that work has begun on the structural elements of the tree! 

With the design process completed and construction underway, we are thrilled to announce that the big launch and project unveiling of Chimes for Change is going to take place Friday, June 2nd in the exhibitions space at Art Share L.A! Founded in 1997, they maintain a large warehouse in the heart of the DTLA Arts District, and are been committed to being a thriving community-focused arts space in Los Angeles. Art Share provides affordable housing, studios, and performance space for local artists- which makes them a unique and much-needed force in the development of artists and community organized projects (like Chimes for Change) who might not have the benefit of widespread exposure, major gallery backing, or exhibition space.

 

The festivities will begin at 7pm and will include student presentations, light refreshments and more information about what we do here at Ruckus Roots. More importantly, this is an opportunity to interact with this beautiful sound and sculptural installation you’ve been hearing so much about! Partnering with Art Share for this opening event gives our students an opportunity to see their work displayed in a professional gallery space and interacting with a broader public – so we really hope we can see you and your friends there!

Mark your calendars for June 2nd and stay tuned for more details as the event gets closer – we’re sure to have more than a few surprises up our sleeves 🙂 Last thing: a huge thank you goes our to everyone who helped support, fund, design and bring with this project to fruition – see you at Art Share in June! 

 

 

 

 

New Chimes for Change Program at Larchmont

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!

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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.

Stay tuned for more info soon!

Chimes Planning Meeting, November 2016
Chimes Planning Meeting, November 2016

 

Chimes for Change Begins!

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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 own personal art piece–a wind chime–that aims to explore the relationship between sustainability and the arts. The chime might represent a personal theme or one of which that addresses an issue the artist sees in his/her own community regarding sustainability.

Artist James Peterson of Art & Contraptions, is helping students with the construction and fabrication of the chimes. As an experienced artist who has worked on small to large scale art pieces made with found or recycled materials, he will guide students in the hands-on process of constructing their art pieces.

Using sounds derived from recordings of the chimes, the students will also create experimental, electronically-based songs and audio-visual art pieces. Both the chimes made in this program as well as the collaboratively composed songs have been accepted to show at Sound Walk 2013, one of the country’s largest sound art exhibitions, held in Long Beach on October 5th.

As opportunities for Chimes for Change continue to manifest we are constantly discovering new ways this program could be used to explore the vital role that art can have in guiding us towards more sustainable lifestyles.

 “Far from being irrelevant to social change, the arts is the only way through which we may gain an appreciation of our common humanity, it is the only thing that can teach us to love the world enough to protect and defend it.” Clara Fang

RuckusRoots Wind Chime To Show at Atwater Village Art Walk 2013

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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 to announce that it was accepted to show at the Atwater Village Art Walk this weekend! So if you want to come down and see it for yourself, please do! We’d love to see you there!

Below is the the artist statement that will appear along with the chime, which is entitled “When One Door Closes.”

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WHEN ONE DOOR CLOSES

By Christine Spehar

“When One Door Closes” is a wind chime made from found and recycled materials.

The story behind it is two fold.

Firstly, on a personal level, it is inspired by a transition time in my life when, in terms of my significant relationship, “one door closed and another opened.” At first traumatic, but ultimately transformative and positive, the experience reminded me of the importance of boundaries. While healthy boundaries (emotional, physical, etc) are essential for healthy relationships, breaking those boundaries down is sometimes crucial for evolving into something new, different and potentially better. Every material in the piece relates to this theme of boundaries: windows, doors, locks, keys etc. The piece is especially relevant to Atwater Village because, thanks to the experience that inspired it, I was able to move back to the Atwater community, which I love and have lived in for years.

Secondly, I am the founder of a small sustainable arts non-profit called RuckusRoots. We have implemented several programs in East LA communities for underserved teens, usually building art out of recycled materials and creating pieces that show our participants how art can be used to address community issues and affect positive change in the world. We are starting a new program called Chimes for Change this fall, in which we will guide at risk youth in constructing wind chimes like this one. We plan to make a song with the sounds the chimes produce, and to present the chimes with our students and collaborators at Sound Walk 2013.

Not your typical wind chime, “When One Door Closes” offers an array of sounds, from delicate to brash. Many elements of the piece, though old or broken, catch the light in a beautiful way. These features serve as a reminder that any significant relationship or experience is sure to bring with it the full range of human emotions: subtle and sweet, loud and harsh…and that sometimes so-called imperfections can turn out to be just the opposite.

 

Announcing a New Program: Chimes for Change

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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, teacher, artist, you!

–We’ll be holding workshops, teaching participants not only how to build their own chime (with whatever materials they choose), but also sustainable building skills and experimental music recording tecniques.

–We’re working with a groundbreaking Los Angeles music teacher to record our chimes and create something beautiful with the results.

–You can expect an exciting online component to this project, and potentially some guerilla art initiatives as well.

It’s our first music-based program and we’re very excited to finally be incorporating the sound-based side of art into our work. We look forward to chiming in more about this program in the near future. If you’re interested in making a chime with us, or know of a group of youngsters that might like to be involved, please let us know!