Climate Justice Community Garden: Crash Course and Public Mosaic Installation

Completed mosaic
Completed mosaic

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Completed mosaic
Completed mosaic

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Deep Listening
Deep Listening

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Completed mosaic
Completed mosaic

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Bird Rock Alley Art

This is the beginning formation of Bird Rock Alley Art, an alley behind my house that will soon be populated with community mosaics relating to environmentalism. This first part of the mosaic addresses climate justice. After spending half a year at Harvard studying climate justice, I organized family members from the community to visit and engage in a crash course on and discussion about climate justice. 

The age range consisted from 8-86, with backgrounds in science, business, art, journalism, and so on. Through education and facilitating questions, I taught community members about the pillars of climate justice and then had each community member stamp words of reflection into the clay. These are pictures of what came from this community mosaic.

Climate Migration Event at Harvard University

Rainbow eucalyptus tree of hope
Rainbow eucalyptus tree of hope

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Leaves of hope
Leaves of hope

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Climate migration singer
Climate migration singer

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Rainbow eucalyptus tree of hope
Rainbow eucalyptus tree of hope

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Lead Creator of Event

For one of my courses on Climate Migration, I created an on-campus event inviting poets, musicians, classmates, and the Harvard community to participate in a Climate Migration event. At this event, I organized three art-making tables:

  • Border butterflies: Write why migration is beautiful to you on a butterfly and hang it alongside other butterflies

  • Rainbow eucalyptus tree of hope: Write hopeful thoughts for the environment in the future and hang your leaf on the tree

  • Action board: Write one lifestyle change you can make to become more sustinable

Art Assistant for Contemporary Madness

Contemporary Madness Public Works

Bathroom Sink
Bathroom Sink

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Bathroom Sink
Bathroom Sink

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Bird Rock Bench
Bird Rock Bench

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Bathroom Sink
Bathroom Sink

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Contemporary Madness works to beautify the community of La Jolla and the greater San Diego region. The main projects I assisted in were:

  • A medallion for La Jolla High School placed at the original entrance of the school

  • A large donor wall for the remodeled YMCA near La Jolla Shores

  • The La Jolla Firehouse wall dedicated to the firefighters across from La Jolla High School. 

  • Columns at Sivita Housing Complex in Mission Valley.

  • Columns at the La Jolla Presbyterian Nursery School

  • Mermaid mosaic dedicated to a woman who passed away at La Jolla High School

  • The benches of Bird Rock

Art Teacher Assistant for Gillespie Elementary School

Final mosaics
Final mosaics

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Final watercolor
Final watercolor

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Zentangle
Zentangle

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Final mosaics
Final mosaics

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Working as an Art Teacher Assistant

I worked during two summers as an Art Teacher Assistant, helping teach elementary school children:

  • mosaic

  • water color

  • zentangle

  • acrylic

  • collage

  • mandalas

  • marbled paper

Lead Art Prep Assistant at Santa Clara University's de Saisset Museum

Community Mural I helped paint for Jazz Greats
Community Mural I helped paint for Jazz Greats

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Mural/vinyl I painted for Jazz Greats
Mural/vinyl I painted for Jazz Greats

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Art Prep Team
Art Prep Team

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Community Mural I helped paint for Jazz Greats
Community Mural I helped paint for Jazz Greats

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Working as a Lead Art Prep

I worked as the Lead Art Prep Assistant at the de Saisset Museum at Santa Clara University for four years. My duties were to help create, design, and install the quarterly exhibitions in the museum. There are three galleries in the space. I helped with numerous instillations and MC'd/organized for the yearly College Night events, bringing the community together to experience a night of creative art making. 

Splatter Club's Beautification Projects

1st completed Mission Beach electrical box
1st completed Mission Beach electrical box

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2nd completed Mission Beach electrical box
2nd completed Mission Beach electrical box

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Whitney and I painting
Whitney and I painting

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1st completed Mission Beach electrical box
1st completed Mission Beach electrical box

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Splatter Club Bio

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In ninth grade, my friend and I had a desire to create a club where students at our school could be given the opportunity to beautify the city around them through community service art projects. So we discussed the club over the summer and in tenth grade we created Splatter Club. We completed three electrical boxes in Pacific Beach, painted a mural at La Jolla High School, and participated in the Chalk La Strata in Little Italy. 

 

 

Finished labyrinth
Finished labyrinth

A picture of my friends and I in front of the labyrinth. Overall we have been able to raise $400 through the making of four labyrinths. All this money goes straight to Interact Club. They use it for the annual Tijuana Homebuild.

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Lighting the candle bags
Lighting the candle bags

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Our team
Our team

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Finished labyrinth
Finished labyrinth

A picture of my friends and I in front of the labyrinth. Overall we have been able to raise $400 through the making of four labyrinths. All this money goes straight to Interact Club. They use it for the annual Tijuana Homebuild.

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Interact Club at LJHS

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Splatter Club enjoyed giving back to society in other ways as well. We collaborated with Interact Club at La Jolla High School and created four candle-lit labyrinths at Law Street Beach to raise money for a project called the Tijuana Home Build. Members of Interact Club journey down to Tijuana to build a house for one impoverished family. With the help of Splatter Club, this club was able to raise enough money to pay for all the supplies to build this home. 

Completed weight lifter painting at LJHS
Completed weight lifter painting at LJHS

Emma, Stephanie, Whitney, Maddie, and I pose in front of the art piece.

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Completed chalk drawing at Little Italy Chalk La Strata
Completed chalk drawing at Little Italy Chalk La Strata

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Our signatures
Our signatures

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Completed weight lifter painting at LJHS
Completed weight lifter painting at LJHS

Emma, Stephanie, Whitney, Maddie, and I pose in front of the art piece.

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LJHS and Outside the Community

 

When we first started this club, our main goal was to beautify anything we could get our hands on. Although it was hard to find art projects around the school, we ended up being given the opportunity to paint the weight room at our school. 

As our club became more active we decided that we needed to give all the money we raised to a charity. So we chose ARTS. This is an organization that promotes teenagers who have had a troubled life to create art as a healing process.

Belize Mission Trip Mural

Completed 60ft. mural
Completed 60ft. mural

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Painting with the kids
Painting with the kids

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The team of helpers
The team of helpers

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Completed 60ft. mural
Completed 60ft. mural

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Leader of a Mural Painting Project

Traveling to Belize on a week-long mission trip opened my eyes to the hardships that exist within this world. On my trip I visited a home for abused children and led the kids to paint a 60 foot mural on the side of their dormitory.