Word & Art Exhibition
Tea Roots brings communities together to center around a new discourse on transition. Tea Roots invites artists to address the broadened perspectives of Climate Migration and "Cultural Mobility" in light of one billion anticipated human displacements.
The exhibition, Climate, Migration & Cultural Mobility (CMCM) will take place May 2023 and will include: a visual art installation, live poetry showcases, opening and closing galas with music, performance art, and an artist-community exchange.
Tea Roots’ primary aim is to bring public attention to the urgency and impending changes in our landscape that will include climate migrants locally and internationally. The Open Call will be announced on March 15, 2023. MORE
GREETING CARDS AVAILABLE
Tea Roots is pleased to announce that the new Healing After Wildfire greeting cards are now available online. The cards capture breathtaking scenes of new life and growing habitats with vivid color, in print!
This quarter, Tea Roots features the following card with poetry by Wanda Sabir:
Rock Overlooking Pacific Ocean
2018 Woolsey Fire, CA
This excerpt is on the back of the card (which also includes a poem attachment):
After a fire-blackened environment, streamlines of yellow mustard flowers flanked both sides as we drove up Corral Canyon Road. At the top of the mountain, the royal purple lupine flowers held their ground on Backbone Trail overseeing the Pacific Ocean, and they spoke in all tongues. -- Photographer David T. Pang
We are very happy to welcome Anastasia Podvysotska. She is a young visual artist, poet, architecture professional, and immigrant from Ukraine. She is the newest Tea Roots member who took an assisting role in organizing the CMCM exhibition. Last year, she also participated in Tea Roots research and expeditions to California wildfire sites.
She brings her community organizing experience from facilitating weekly art events as a co-founder of Be Art Collaborative as well as her artistic vision and approach to presenting socially crucial and sensitive themes to the public.
There’s beauty in everything -- even in our problems. It’s just a matter of how we look at things. All my artwork is based on real places and events from my life. Actually, most of my inspiration comes from dramatic experiences, fears and sadness. Painting is my way to process emotions and find beautiful aspects in everything.” — Anastasia Podvysotska.*
Tea Roots' Healing After Wildfire Greeting Card Program is an Earned Income Initiative that also provides publication and visibility opportunities for poets. By highlighting important issues like Climate Migration and environmental protection, the program is a unique tool to increase public awareness of modern challenges impacting habitats and communities today.
While Tea Roots programs bring voice to various social issues, the organization applies much of its advocacy efforts to the environment as an important component of human rights. *
The title video above is Fissure #10 from the Leilani Estates lava fire. The above photograph is the Halemaʻumaʻu Crater erupting LIVE in the Kīlauea Crater. Tea Roots artists recently returned from an expedition to Hawaii for a new series that captures new life in those post-fire habitats.
. Expedition leader and Executive Director David T. Pang shares his experiences, searching for new life in his essay - Zen and the Art of Healing After Fire. *
Tea Roots is a community-supported, All-Volunteer-Based organization. Your contribution makes a difference!