Mission & Goals

RuckusRoots believes in the power of art to inspire positive change in the world.


Mission Statement

RuckusRoots is an L.A. based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that believes art plays a crucial role in fostering social, economic and environmental justice. Our mission is to create stronger, more equitable communities by fostering connection, creativity and engagement. Our collaborative programs and online offerings aim to uncover and confront challenges facing underrepresented Los Angeles residents.

Guiding Principals 

● Interactive: Art has an active, not passive, role.
● Collaborative: Leadership and team-building skills.
● Creative: Participants discover their own creative voice.
● Empowering Direct Action: Programs aim to result in change at the local level
● Community Driven: Multi-level community involvement is encouraged, including family member, local business and public audience participation.


1) Provide arts programming in communities where it is lacking
2) Uncover environmental and social problems affecting the communities in which we work.
3) Encourage art as a platform for expression about these eco and social issues.
4) Support practicing artists and provide participants with mentoring and internship opportunities with local artists.
5) Support the arts by creating programs that illustrate the value of art as a vehicle for change, and as a sustainable lifestyle practice.

Read our statement of Equity and Inclusion 

“Human resources are like natural resources; they’re often buried deep. You have to go looking for them, they’re not just lying around on the surface. You have to create the circumstances where they show themselves.” 
― Ken Robinson