Author: Christine

Our Pledge: Intersectional Sustainability

Over the last few weeks,  we have dedicated much of this pivotal time to learning about the anti-racism movement, and how we can support these efforts from within our small organization. We have pledged to continue standing in solidarity with the activists & protestors of Black Lives Matter and are committed to continual education and unlearning of unconscious racism.

This is an important time to remember that environmentalism and activism do not exist in a vacuum, and neither does art. Our work has always been found at the intersection of creativity, sustainability and social justice. We work hard to design programs that provide vulnerable populations free, artistic opportunities focused on improving their communities and amplifying their creative voices.

In that same spirit of intersectional, creative sustainability…we’re excited to share our summer program with you! 

INTERSECTIONS is a new online program from RuckusRoots that aims to amplify the voices of local artists, activists and scientists – with a focus on BIPOC communities.

We’re inviting all folks involved in the intersectional environmentalism movement to open their studios/workspaces to our community this summer (virtually, of course!) You’ll get to know each featured guest and learn about their work via Instagram Live all summer long. Pretty cool, right? We’re so excited to share the work of so many incredible voices!

If you or someone you know is an activist, visual artist, urban gardener, community organizer, writer,  or other professional working towards equality and sustainability – contact us for more information: info@ruckusroots.org 

We’re Going Online!

In keeping with safety recommendations for the City of Los Angeles to curb the spread of COVID-19, we have canceled all of our in-person programming and events through April. But our spirits are high, and we’re so inspired to see all the incredible ways the community is coming together during this time! 

Read on to learn how we’re adjusting to stay connected and creative…

In light of recent news, we’ve changed the format of our spring TRASHformation workshops with FEAST For All. Until further notice, you’ll be able to login via ZOOM each Wednesday at 3pm to create recycled art with Allegra – for free!

Once registered, you’ll receive a link you can access on your computer or smartphone using your browser or the Zoom App. You do not need to create a Zoom profile to participate! 

REGISTER HERE

We’ll be creating calendars – each month inspired by the seasonal produce available during that time of year – all using recycled materials found in our homes! This is not only a great way to occupy those stir-crazy kiddos for an hour or so, but also a wonderful opportunity to simply be together and create a sense of community during this challenging time. The workshops will be geared towards school-aged children, but all are welcome to join in the fun and benefit from the activity! 

We’re Throwing a Party!

We’ve wrapped up our Kites for a Cause summer programming, (check out pics here) and we’re ready for a party! 😎

RSVP HERE

Come kick off the back-to-school season with a family-friendly art party and FUNdraiser at Spoke Bicycle Cafe in Frogtown, Friday, September 20th, 6-9pm. 

Here’s what we’ve got planned:

🦋Exhibition of community-based fabric art from our summer workshops

👋🏼Meet and greet with the teaching artists behind the exhibit, Robin Banks and Sarah Farmer

🎟Raffle (great prizes for both kids and their adults, too!) 

🎨Interactive neon-mural activity (come ready to paint!) 

🎧Family-friendly music and dance party

🍻Food and beverages available for purchase (Adult-friendly and otherwise 😎) 

Wild Art Mural Unveiling: RuckusRoots in the News!

After months of planning and hard work with 200 students from Hawthorne, CA, we finally unveiled our mural at Eucalyptus Elementary School last month! We spent a great afternoon with the 4th graders who participated in our Wild Art program as we celebrated their beautiful artwork and the creative reuse skills they learned throughout the program. The mural, composed of thousands of repurposed plastic bags collected by the students and turned into paintable canvases, is now installed in the school cafeteria for them to enjoy for years to come! Students also learned about urban wildlife throughout the program, and how their creative skills can be used to help nature and improve their community. 

Check out the video for more! (We were featured by Hawthorne City News!)  

For more from this program, check our our previous blog. To see past Wild Art programs click here

Animation Video: Where Your Donation Dollars Go…

 

DONATE now

In 2018 over 4,000 single-use plastic bags were diverted from Los Angeles streets and over 500 underserved youth had access to quality sustainable arts education thanks to donors like you.

Our 2019 programs will provide opportunities in both classrooms and public workshops to empower Angelenos of all ages in three areas: visual arts, ecology and creative reuse. Our goal is to reach 600 students and divert another 12,000 single-use plastic bags from the environment. Even though we helped over 500 students last year, LA is still home to thousands of youth without access to arts education, and hundreds of miles of littered and polluted streets.  

Your donation dollars have huge impact on our work:

$1 = 1 plastic bag diverted from landfill and turned into art

$2 = 1 hour of quality arts education for 1 student

$3 = 1 square foot of beautiful mural for an underserved community in LA

 

Case Study

Wild Art in at Eucalyptus Elementary School

We completed our latest Wild Art program at Eucalyptus Elementary School in Hawthorne, CA with nearly 200 3rd-4th graders. Your donations will go towards continuing the program with 5th graders next spring, and towards installing the mural of student paintings on campus. In Wild Art, student-artists gain visual art skills while learning about local wildlife and important creative reuse methods that can help protect endangered species in our city. The program has already diverted 4,000 plastic bags from landfill.

Here’s what Hawthorne Fine Arts Commissioner Danielle Marquez has to say about the program: 

And here’s a blog with pictures: https://ruckusroots.org/wild-art-program-at-eucalyptus-elementary/

Thank you for your continued support of our work!