BUILDING COMMUNITY

Through our events and event sponsorships, LoaTree seeks to engage the public in educational and interactive ways. Music, food, and art are just some of the tools we leverage as we seek to build healthy and resilient communities.

WILDERNESS YOUTH PROJECT PRESENTS: THE MOON DANCE

Saturday, November 4 • 5:30PM- 9:30PM • Imagine Park

The Moon Dance is the culmination of the Bridge to Nature campaign to raise $250,000 to bring nature connection programs to the students with the greatest needs within Santa Barbara’s public elementary schools. LoaTree’s sister company, LoaCom, has been working closely with Wilderness Youth Project on the campaign.

LoaCom and Wilderness Youth Project invite you to the Moon Dance on Saturday, November 4th, to support and celebrate the 45 day Campaign. The Moon Dance will take place at Imagine Park on Cathedral Oaks Road and will include live music with a contra dance caller, cocktails, wood fired pizza and appetizers. This evening will be the keystone of our Bridge to Nature Campaign, which will bring Wilderness Youth Project into the school day for the students with the greatest needs in our community. Your purchase of a Moon Dance ticket will be matched dollar-for-dollar by a generous sponsor to help us reach our goal of $250,000. We hope you’ll join us.

For More Information on Bridge to Nature programs click here.

 

Art as Activism Featuring Favianna Rodriguez

Thursday, November 9 • 6PM – 9PM • La Casa De La Raza

LoaTree will close out it’s year long Better World Series with its fifth and final ‘wave,’ – Art as Activism, featuring Favianna Rodriguez, a global lecturer, renowned artist, and cultural organizer. The evening will include a presentation from Ms. Rodriguez titled The Intersection of Art and Social Change for People and Planet, and will conclude with a hands-on art workshop titled Symbols for a Better World. The event will be held on Thursday, November 9, 2017, 6p-9p, at La Casa De La Raza (601 E. Montecito St.).

Favianna Rodriguez’s art and collaborative projects deal with migration, global politics, economic injustice, patriarchy, and sexual freedom. She lectures globally on the power of art, cultural organizing and technology to inspire social change, and leads art workshops at schools around the country. Rodriguez is also the Executive Director of CultureStrike, a national arts organization that engages artists, writers and performers in migrant rights, and the co-founder of Presente.org, a national online organizing network dedicated to the political empowerment of Latinx communities. She is based in Oakland, California.

Ms. Rodriguez’ lecture is scheduled from 6:00-7:45PM, and will address intersectional topics like climate change, environmental justice, im/migration, ecology, institutional racism, and gender justice as they relate to art as activism and Favianna’s work. The talk will include a special focus on ‘old world’ symbols that have traditionally/historically represented division and destruction vs. the need for new, more representative symbols that stand for love, acceptance, and inclusion in an era of global unrest.

At 8:00PM, following the lecture, a very special art workshop guided by Ms. Rodriguez will lead participants to create their own unique, community-based symbols with a hands-on, fabric based activity. The activity will incorporate themes from the lecture.

Ms. Rodriguez’ discussion is free and open to the public, and will be presented in both English and Spanish. Donations will be accepted at the door. The art workshop is $20 at the door and includes art materials for the workshop, as well as food and drink. Online pre-sale tickets for the art workshop are available for $15, but space is limited to 50 people. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit: betterworldseries.com/art-as-activism/.

Images of Ms. Rodriguez and her work are available upon request.

About the Better World Series
The Better World Series is a year-long effort designed by LoaTree that is comprised by five ‘waves’ addressing the some of most important topics of our time. It seeks to gather, activate and mobilize participants through in-person events, intimate discussions, and digital campaigns. For more information visit: www.betterworldseries.com.

For more information, please contact graciela@loacom.com or by phone at 805.203.6679.