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Lions, Monarchs & Trout, Oh My!

In this issue: Wild Art Recap, Summer Workshops, Crowdfunding and a BIG Sculpture... 

Wild Art: Connecting Teens to Local Nature through Art

The school portion of our latest program, Wild Art, wrapped up in June at Academia Avance in Highland Park, Los Angeles. Our nearly 200 students worked with professional artist mentor Nino Alicea to learn artistic skills (color theory, composition and still life drawing). They also received education from a wildlife expert Miguel Ordenana (thanks to our partners at Friends of Griffith Park) to teach 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 animals we chose are threatened native species to Southern California (mountain lion, monarch butterfly, trout and peregrine falcon). These pieces will become part of a single large, permanent sculpture to be publicly installed along the LA River.

See more pictures of Wild Art.
This mid-program video to shows each student's interpretation of our still life- a beautiful, diverse array of work! 

Wild Art Summer Camps for Youngsters

In July and August, we led wildlife and art-based workshops for younger participants in Northeast LA. We taught our participants about local wildlife while they made animal-inspired artwork with 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!

Crowdfunding for our Sculpture

Our next goal is to combine all of the beautiful metal paintings the students made in Wild Art into one large permanent sculpture. The placement of this sculpture in a public setting will give our youth a platform to creatively express themselves, connect to nature in LA and to take ownership of and pride in their community. Our partners for this project are Friends of Griffith Park, the LA River Corp and Academia Avance Charter School. Artist mentors include Nino Alicea, former production designer for NBC’s American Dream Builders, and James Peterson, whose work has been featured in Rolling Stone Magazine and shown at LACMA and Coachella Music and Arts Festival.
 
The LA River Corp is helping us place the piece through its Rio Vistas program, and there is potential for RuckusRoots to beautify and revitalize several similar sites with our art placements. Thousands of people visit the LA River every day, and that number is growing steadily as river revitalization projects now abound. 
We are launching a crowdfunding campaign in a couple weeks that will help us pay for necessary aspects of this project, like engineering and materials. Funds will also help us continue to offer this program and others like it to students in Northeast Los Angeles. Oftentimes, RuckusRoots programs represent the only arts education our participants receive. Your donations help us to continue doing this important work! Please be on the lookout for our crowdfunding campaign, as we would love your help sharing it when the time comes. Thank you for all your support!

We depend on your support to continue our work. Please consider offering a one-time donation today, or joining our Monthly Sustainers Club for as little as $10 per month.  As a donor, you'll receive your very own RuckusRoots T-shirt in the mail, not to mention a sweet tax write off at the end of the year. 

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