We had a blast on Saturday, March 19th at Fig Jam – a Highland Park community event complete with musical performances, food trucks and lots of grassroots organizations. We used the opportunity to spread the word about our Wild Art sculpture, for which we are still searching for a home. As a recap: our final sculpture will be made of 200 metal paintings, completed by Highland Park youth as part of our Wild Art program in 2015. Through the program, the students received art, ecology and wildlife education, with an emphasis on how art can be used to improve communities. Read more about Wild Art here!
We are very grateful to the Highland Park Neighborhood Council for awarding us our 2nd Neighborhood Purpose Grant last night! We are very excited that the council supports our efforts with Wild Art, and we can’t wait to find a home for our piece. We have been working hard looking for exhibition sites, and can’t wait to share with you all once a final place is secured!
Our crowdfunding campaign for Wild Art was a success, thanks to generous donations from people just like YOU! We were able to raise 70% of our goal of $20,000. Of course we were shooting for 100%, but we are very happy with what we were able to accomplish together, and can’t wait to apply what we learned to make our future campaigns even better!
The funds we raised will be used to complete our Wild Art sculpture, using 200 metal wildlife paintings by teens from Highland Park. We will keep you updated on our progress as things move forward.
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With only three days left of our crowdfunder and we’re super excited to say we’ve raised over $13,000 so far – almost 70% of our goal of $20K. Thank you so much to everyone who has contributed and shared our campaign!
For the final push we are announcing a new reward: custom shirts! Adrien Oneiga is a good friend of the RuckusRoots family, and a talented California-based artist and designer. He has generously donated a design for this campaign. It can be yours for a donation of $50 or more if you donate within the next three days! Please help us reach our goal and support the arts and sustainability in Los Angeles. THANK YOU!
After receiving some wonderful contributions over the past 10 days, including $5,000 from the Brotman Foundation of California, we have raised nearly $12,000, over 1/2 of our goal! Our momentum is great right now, and with your help, I know we can reach our $20,000 goal! Thank you to those who have contributed so far, we are so grateful for your support.
Please click here to contribute to our campaign and make a difference for youth, arts and nature in Los Angeles! Also, feel free to share our campaign if you know of others who care about these issues.
Watch the video and read on to find out how you can help these young artists make a mark on their community!
If you have been following our work, you know that the main goal of our program, Wild Artis to build community and sustainability through art. This program gives LA youth a chance to make a permanent mark on their own community, to take ownership of and pride in where they live through their own creative powers. We believe this will instill in them the desire to be stewards that community, of the environment and of the arts for many years to come.
Now is your chance to be a part of something great! There are several ways to participate:
We are seeking funds to turn the artwork of 200 LA teens into a permanent public sculpture in Los Angeles. (Need a refresher? Read the back story on our project, Wild Art.) If you have been following our work, you know we have made several awesome sustainable art pieces with youth across LA, but this will be the first one that is a public work of art, and the first one that will feature individual art pieces by LA youth. This is our chance to show these teens that their creativity can positively impact their community, their city and the natural world they live in. Donate now!
We are hoping to take this crowdfunder far and wide: the more people who know about it, the larger our network becomes and the more change we can create. Sharing via social media, email and in one-on-one conversations are all appreciated! Share this link.
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We are offering several exciting rewards for those who donate to our crowdfunding campaign, but could always use more. Here’s what we’ve got so far. If you have a gift or service you feel you can donate to our campaign, please contact us. Anything that will help make our campaign more enticing to other donors is appreciated!
We will soon be launching our first crowdfunding campaign to raise money for our program Wild Art. We can’t wait to share it with you…until then, please enjoy this blooper reel of our founder out in the wild!
This summer we had a blast leading some wildlife and art-based workshops with local kids. Based on our middle school-aged program Wild Art, these workshops were geared towards younger kids and held in Northeast LA at Heartbeat House Dance Studio. We taught our participants about local wildlife, like the mountain lion, trout, falcon and monarch butterfly. Then the children got to decorate paper animal templates with fun recycled art supplies and paint. As always, it was a great way to get creative and start the learning process about nature and sustainability for these youngsters!
Wild Art, a RuckusRoots program that connects underserved LA teens to nature in their own community and teaches them visual art skills, wrapped up last week at Academia Avance in Highland Park, Los Angeles. Over the course of 8 weeks, nearly 180 eighth and ninth graders worked with professional artist mentor Nino Alicea to learn artistic skills (color theory, composition and still life drawing). The learned about sustainability from RuckusRoots founder Christine Spehar, and also received education from wildlife expert Miguel Ordenana, who taught them about the amazing biodiversity that exists right under their noses in Los Angeles. The students combined these lessons by creating their own wildlife-inspired artwork on painted aluminum–the templates we used are of threatened native species. They chose between a monarch butterfly, a mountain lion, a trout and a peregrine falcon.
We are so proud of all of the students for their hard work and dedication to this program. Some who initially said, “I’m not creative,” or “I don’t like art,” ended up making some of the most beautiful work. We also interviewed some of our participants and are in the process of putting together a video with that footage, so stay tuned!
The next step for the nearly 200 beautifully painted aluminum plates is to combine them to design one, large permanent sculpture. Collaborator, friend and RuckusRoots artist mentor James Peterson is helping us with this piece of the puzzle. Next, we will work with the city and other local organizations to get our sculpture built and placed permanently. Our students will be able to help with that process and see their art pieces displayed this coming fall.
The goal for publicly placing this sculpture is to give our youth a platform to creatively express themselves, connect to nature in LA and to take ownership of and pride in their community. We believe this introduction to wildlife and conservation issues is the first step in leading young people to engagement in and possibly beyond Los Angeles.
Thanks to all who participated, check out our gallery of pictures below and stay tuned for more videos and updates about this program this summer!