Category: Wild Art

Onwards and upwards, 2021!

We just want to take a moment to reflect on the past year, in all of its challenging, chaotic, and confusing lessons and glory. We’ve learned a lot, had some moments of doubt, ultimately pulled through and finished the year on a strong and promising note! That said – we won’t be sad to see 2020 fade into the past and we are overjoyed to ring in 2021 and all that it holds for RuckusRoots and the world at large! 

From pivoting in the face of the pandemic to provide online programming to folks across the globe, to looking deeply at our organization and making internal changes to better reflect our core values and mission – we did a lot to be proud of this year.

✔️We expanded our digital offerings to include live, on-demand, and fully downloadable content.

✔️We wrapped up a Wild Art in-school program and successfully installed its culminating project – a mural with over 2,000 repurposed plastic bags on campus.

✔️We filmed our first-ever TV series with Hawthorne Community Television. 

✔️We delivered more than 60 bags stocked with sustainable art supplies to families in need this summer and provided online art workshops to accompany these free supplies.

✔️We worked hard to support, employ and learn from artists of color all over the world and give these underrepresented and valuable voices a platform through our channels.

We’re certainly pleased to welcome a new year – don’t get us wrong. There’s A LOT we want to leave behind in 2020. But as always, we are so blessed by all of the support we received this year, and are able to go into 2021 feeling both inspired and awed by the resilience and innovation of the Angelenos we meet through our work this year. Onwards and upwards, as we like to say! 

Here’s to a new year of empowering communities, deepening connections and making sustainable creative experiences accessible to all! 

Welcome, 2021!

Wild Art Update: 2020 Program Complete!

We ran our third successful Wild Art program this year, and finally wrapped up the final piece (mural installation) early last week! This 2020 program was such a labor of love, and a true lesson in perseverance, as our in-person programming with the students was JUST approaching completion as the coronavirus pandemic hit Los Angeles. We are immensely pleased to share with you now that this program has wrapped up, and show off our latest collaboration with some very creative and talented elementary school students!

By combining visual arts skills with sustainability and wildlife education, Wild Art provides young artists with a platform to creatively express themselves, connect to nature in L.A and to take an active role in their community. By providing students with a comprehensive introduction to local wildlife and conservation issues, this unique program is the first step in helping form engaged, creative citizens and stewards of the environment.

The 4th graders at Eucalyptus Elementary School began working with artist mentors, Julio Muñoz to learn artistic skills such as color theory, composition and still life drawing. They also received education from wildlife expert and biologist Miguel Ordeñana of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, who taught students about the vast array of wildlife living in Los Angeles, and how their actions can help protect it. The students then combined these lessons by creating their own wildlife-inspired artwork on a sustainable substrate – a canvas made of fused plastic bags. These student-made canvases recycled nearly 2,000 plastic bags, thereby keeping these harmful plastics out of the local environment/landfills. Additionally, each student artwork is an homage to one of four threatened local species; the Steelhead trout, the Monarch butterfly, the Peregrine falcon and the Mountain Lion – conservation in action!

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We would like to extend a hearty “thank-you” to the 4th-grade teachers, staff, and administration at Eucalyptus Elementary School. We deeply appreciate your patience, cooperation, and dedication to seeing this project to completion in the midst of a very challenging year! This program was funded in part by the California Arts Council and the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture. 

The video below was made for the 5th graders at Eucalyptus Elementary School in Hawthorne, CA who participated in our 2020 Wild Art program last spring. We completed the in-school portion of the program right before the coronavirus pandemic began and as of the publication of this post, these students aren’t back on campus yet. Nonetheless, we just finished installing a mural featuring their work in the school cafeteria – with nearly 200 animals made from over 2,000 recycled plastic bags! Since we can’t meet in person due to COVID 19, the program’s teaching artists put this video together to remind students of lessons from Wild Art and show them how much their hard work paid off! We hope these young artists can be back in school and see their lovely work installed on campus very soon!

 

 

 

 

 

It’s about to get WILD!

Okay, November – RuckusRoots is ready for ya! 

We’ve got a brand new WILD ART program launching this month and it’s gonna be a big one! While we are continuing our partnership with Hawthorne school, Eucalyptus Elementary this fall with a brand new group of 4th graders, this year’s program will carry on into the Spring of 2020.

What does this mean? 

✔️We can reach more kids with our unique program blending painting and drawing classes with lessons in wildlife education and conservation! 

✔️ We can focus our attention, skills and resources on just one class at a time – maximizing student learning capacity and deepening our impact! 

✔️We have more time to focus on projects outside the classroom in the coming months; i.e hours to dream up great new sustainability projects and keep ’em comin’ at ya! 

In addition, this 2019/2020 Wild Art program will employ the talent and enthusiasm of our newest Teaching Artist, Julio Munoz! This young educator is so excited to begin working with us, and we couldn’t be more anxious to get him in the classroom with this new batch of 4th graders! Part of this year’s program restructuring means that Julio will get to work exclusively with each class, and is responsible for carrying out all of Wild Art’s components – everything from painting to color theory, sustainability principles and eco-conservation, to plastic bag collection and final project planning with students!

Our mural created with last year’s students at Eucalyptus Elementary school diverted more than 4,000 plastic bags from local landfills – and we’re aiming for even more this time around! Can’t wait to share more in the coming months! 

P.S Check out this news clip featuring the Mural Unveiling last spring! 

 

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