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.
CONTRIBUTE A REWARD
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!
We had an amazing time at the Ruckus Roots/Paso Pacifico Trap Attack event at Platform Gallery. It made for a fun and successful evening. Thanks to everyone who came out, participated, contributed and joined in for the Trap Attack adventure! We couldn’t have been more happy with the turnout and how the evening unfolded. The motion-sensing attack camera (loaned to us by scientist Miguel Ordenana) made its way around the event to “trap” unsuspecting victims, and throughout the evening we were able to capture many moments of surprise, laughter, joy and fun. These photos were then transformed and projected onto the walls of the gallery. You can find the results in our Trap Attack Candid Photo Series. 😉
Thanks to great talks by Paso Pacifico founder Sarah Otterstrom, and scientist Miguel Ordenana, we learned about how these camera traps (shown above), which we used to capture images of hip LA jungelites at the event, are set up in the jungles of Nicaragua to research and track endangered wildlife in the region, like jaguars and ocelots. Paso Pacifico’s mission is to restore and conserve the natural ecosystems of Central America’s Pacific slope, and it relies on camera traps to do so.
In recent months, Paso Pacifico’s camera trap photos, including the one below, have been used to prove that endangered jaguars still live in areas of Nicaragua where they were once thought to be extinct. The presence of large predators (jaguars, ocelots, etc) in an ecosystem is an indicator of that ecosystem’s health, as big cats need large amounts of space and resources to survive. Protecting them means we are ensuring the survival of many other species and habitats in Central America. Our goal for the Trap Attack event was to raise enough funds to purchase three camera traps for Paso Pacifico, which scientists will use to continue their research and protective actions for these endangered species of Central America. We are excited and happy to announce that our goal was met! Because of all the generous contributions made, we were able to raise almost $4500 in support of Jaguar Conservation in Nicaragua. Step by step, we can all come together to make a difference and create change in our world!
We want to especially thank Platform Gallery, Wolfgang Puck, Ryan Nelli, VJ Tiffy, Jessie Anderson and all of you who came out and made this event