Leilani Estates Lava Fire
Empowering Artists to Help Nature & Community
Word & Art Exhibition
Tea Roots is a non-profit organization that aims to spearhead social and environmental change through the empowerment of under-represented artists. Currently, Tea Roots invites artists to address "Cultural Mobility" and Climate Migration with regards to the anticipated one billion human displacements.
Tea Roots is hosting a visual art exhibition, Climate, Migration & Cultural Mobility (CMCM), which will also include live poetry, galas, 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 include climate migrants locally and internationally. The Open Call will be announced this spring.* MORE
The San Francisco Mission District's 2022 NYE flood caused damage to businesses that were in the historic swamp-lands (outlined in green below). Few know that these areas are where water has naturally flowed for millennia. Yet, businesses and residents are blaming the City for clogged sewers. These businesses will eventually have to migrate to higher ground or leave the City due to rising water levels and costs. *
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.*
The title video at the top is Fissure #10 from the Leilani Estates lava fire. The above photograph is the Halemaʻumaʻu Crater erupting LIVE in the Kīlauea Crater (Click to watch). Artists recently returned from a Tea Roots expedition to Hawaii to capture new life in those post-lava 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.*
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
The HAW Greeting Card program is an Earned Income Initiative of Tea Roots that provides publication opportunities for poets. By highlighting important issues related to wildfires, Climate Migration, and environmental protection, HAW is a unique tool to increase public awareness of modern challenges impacting our environment today. Due to many of the recent weather tragedies and challenges, Tea Roots is focused on increasing public awareness of the dynamics of Climate and Migration within a cultural context.
While Tea Roots' mission gives voice to local community on national and international issues, the organization focuses much of its advocacy issues on the environment and human rights.*
Tea Roots is a community-supported, All-Volunteer-Based organization.
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