We need your help to complete our sculpture! Scroll down to watch the video, or read about the project below... RuckusRoots is a 501(c)3 non profit organization that has been uniting art and sustainability into empowering programs for underserved youth in Northeast Los Angeles since 2010. In our latest program, Wild Art, we worked with nearly 200 teens, combining artistic skill-building with education about local nature and wildlife, thanks to art mentor Nino Alicea and wildlife expert Miguel Ordenana of Friends of Griffith Park. For their final project, 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). Here's where you come in! Our next goal is to combine these pieces to form a large, permanent sculpture to be publicly installed along the LA River. Your donations will help us pay for necessary aspects of this project, like engineering and materials. We already have a design and a potential location in place, thanks to our friends at the Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation. 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! The main goal of Wild Art is 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. It’s imperative that this sculpture gets built, as it will serve as a lasting and empowering symbol for our youth, proof that they CAN have positive impact on their community. That’s the kind of change we care about, and we hope you do to. By supporting Wild Art, you are supporting both arts education and local nature in Los Angeles...and you're making these young artists' WILDEST dreams come true!