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Welcome, Blaze Bautista!

We’re so excited to introduce that our little team is expanding – and we’ve just hired a wonderful Program Assistant! ⁠

Blaze Bautista (she/her) is a visual arts activist who will be graduating from UCLA this month with a B.A. in World Arts and Cultures, Arts Activism and a minor in Visual and Performing Arts Education. With her passion for community arts programs, she has developed and facilitated youth workshops that focus on using art for social justice and healing. As a painter and digital illustrator, Blaze uses captivating visuals to engage audiences in social issues such as mass incarceration and the impact of technology. Most recently, she illustrated portraits of abolition activists including #AngelaDavis#HarryBelafonte, and #DoloresHuerta to be published in the book, Rebel Speak: A Justice Movement Mixtape – coming in April 2022. ⁠

Welcome, Blaze! So excited to have you on the team! ⁠

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