Category: Newsletters

New Year, New Projects, New T-Shirts

Happy 2016, Everyone!

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We’re thrilled to say that we ended 2015 with a bang, thanks to many of you who contributed to our crowdfunder. We are proud of the work we did in 2015 and can’t wait to build upon it in 2016.

Here’s what’s happening in upcoming months:

1907481_999779920032292_6122424271739547589_n-Rewards for crowdfunder donors will be mailed ASAPThe custom T-shirts by Adrien Oneiga (pictured above) are in and will be shipped ASAP! Other rewards will go out this month too.

-Wild Art Sculpture build begins! Our first step is to weatherproof the metal paintings, and thanks to the fundraiser and recent consultations with experts, we can begin doing that in February. We are securing further funding to bring this sculpture to life. We will update you as soon as we know more!

Spring

 Nature hikes and birding days with Friends of Griffith Park: more info about this soon!

-Fall

Collaboration with Black Box Consortium: We are very pleased to announce an upcoming collaboration with a new non profit organization, Black Box Consortium. A collective of brilliant architects, engineers and designers, this group offers skill-building workshops to underserved youth to help launch their career potential to the next level.  As a part of this collaboration, we are…

Launching Chimes for Change program  with help from Black Box Consortium. More info soon! 

 

Interview with a Highland Park Innovator

     Many believe the first step towards change begins with one’s self; this belief has proven to be more than just an idea to an extraordinary Highland Park resident. Chan Wing Lam has proven himself much more than just a loving husband and father, but also an innovator who has recently acted upon his lifelong interest in electrical engineering and the world of eco-friendly living.

     Born and raised in Hong Kong, China, Lam first found his interest in electrical maintenance when in high school. Moving to America in 1984, he began working long hours in a seafood restaurant and later as a BBQ chef. It was not too long ago that he began putting his time into solar powered apparatuses to help cut back the cost of his electricity bill.

     In 2013 he started his first solar panel project with broken glass windows and pieces acquired via eBay. Today he has several panels installed over the roof of his home and is even attempting to build a windmill. Each panel produces around 130 watts that go into one of his 3 inverters he has set up around his home. We got a chance to take a look inside his home and workshop to see for ourselves his mechanical endeavors.

     Within a day and a half, and given the right materials, Lam can build one of his solar-powered automatons all by himself. He has given no thought to passing on his knowledge of mechanical money-savers down to a new generation, but did seem intrigued when posed with the question. Although his legacy may end with him, it has influenced the way Highland Park residents think about conservation. With the sight of his home just across the street from Franklin High School, hundreds of students pass by noticing not only his solar panels, but also his front yard garden full of vegetation he grows for his family.

 

A Ruckus-Filled Fall

In the mood for some light reading? Our latest newsletter will get you caught up on what we’ve been up to the last couple of months.

Here’s a sneak peek: Check out Daryl Hannah and me (above) at the EcoChic Fashion Show, which took place during LA’s Fashion Week as a fundraiser for Project Save Our Surf. Daryl is a big activist for clean oceans, and it was an honor to meet her! A big thanks to Marina DeBris for inviting me to wear “Castaway,” her latest piece of trashion, built entirely from garbage washed up on the beach. Read the full newsletter here!

We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving; we here at RuckusRoots couldn’t be more thankful for our families, friends and supporters. Without your love and support, we could not continue to bring sustainable arts programs to East LA and beyond!

Thanks for joining the Ruckus!