ARTivism Events

RuckusRoots’ events and fundraisers blend art and activism to create inspiring, interactive experiences for all who attend. Here are a few of our favorites.

Gratitude Workshop

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RuckusRoots has joined forces with an amazing artist of movement and healing, Kristen Huffman for this unique event. The experience will blend art, music, yoga and a sound bath, and comes at just the right time: the Saturday after Thanksgiving! One of our interactive art pieces will be present, and will allow for participants to share a moment of gratitude at the end of the experience. There will also be live ambient jazz music, performed by another local artist. Come bask in healing frequencies and embrace your best holiday season ever!


Holiday Bazaar and Ornament-Making Workshop


We taught a recycled ornament workshop and sold upcycled jewelry to supportRuckusRoots programming at Heartbeat House Dance Studio for the 2014 Holiday season. What a blast to be featured with lots of other local vendors! The ornament workshop featured trinkets made from recycled cork, yarn and aluminum. Thanks to 55 Degree wine for donating so many corks to our project!


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TRASHion Show

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TRASHion Show, held at Wild Honey Studios in downtown Los Angeles, was a fashion show and fundraiser for RuckusRoots’ award-winning  program, TRASHformation. The fashion show featured clothing made entirely from recycled items–the runway saw over 50 looks from eight amazing LA designers. Music was provided by Erinn Bone, Ryan Nelli and Michal Menert of Pretty Lights Music. TRASHion Show was sponsored by Elemental LEDFlying Dog Brewery, Mr. V’s Cheesesteak Truck and Kork Kitchen LA.

Relive the magic with our gallery of pictures below and read our recap here!

All Photos by Dan Krauss

Trap Attack:

In November of 2011, Paso Pacifico and RuckusRoots teamed up to present Trap Attack, a fundraiser and art party benefiting jaguar conservation efforts in Nicaragua that raised nearly $4500! Participants discovered how scientists use motion and heat-sensitive camera traps to track, study and protect hard-to-see wildlife, like jaguars. Interactive art, live music, a silent auction and a visit from Central American scientists and spider monkeys rounded out the night.


“What do lipstick and orangutans have in common?”

In December of 2010, RuckusRoots answered this important question for fundraiser participants! We collaborated with Ethical Expeditions to raise almost $5K to protect the rainforest in Borneo and created an atendee-inspired art piece out of /recycled lipstick (thanks to artist Dave Wescott). Most cosmetics contain palm oil, a major contributor to deforestation in Southeast Asia. Find out more and view pictures of Dave’s painting on the RuckusRoots Facebook page.