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The Walls Project Awarded Keep Louisiana Beautiful Grant to Foster Eco-Art Workshops at Baton Roots

The Walls Project is excited to announce that we have been awarded a Healthy Communities Grant from Keep Louisiana Beautiful to spearhead a year-long initiative of eco-art workshops at our Baton Roots Farm, nestled within the beautiful BREC Howell Community Park. This partnership marks a significant step forward in our ongoing commitment to environmental stewardship and community engagement.

The Walls Project is a Baton Rouge-based nonprofit organization that has been at the forefront of transforming urban spaces through the power of art since 2012. This new endeavor, funded by Keep Louisiana Beautiful, will enable us to further our mission by merging art and environmental consciousness in a groundbreaking manner.

The grant will support a series of workshops that focus on creating public art using reclaimed and recycled materials, promoting sustainability, and educating participants on proper disposal methods for art supplies that may be hazardous to the environment. Through these workshops, individuals of all ages and backgrounds will be able to harness their creativity while making a positive impact on our ecosystem.

Key Workshop Components:

  • Eco-Art Creation: Participants will have the opportunity to craft unique works of art using materials that would have otherwise been discarded, showcasing the potential for creativity within waste reduction.

  • Environmental Education: Our workshops will also include information sessions on the responsible disposal of art supplies that may contain harmful components, ensuring that our art does not harm the environment.

  • Plant-to-Paint Pigment Processing: The workshops will introduce a novel aspect of our eco-artistry – the transformation of flora from our Baton Roots Farm into pigments that can be used as a medium for visual art creation. This innovative process will demonstrate the power of harnessing nature's resources for creative expression.

"The Walls Project is deeply grateful to Keep Louisiana Beautiful for their support in realizing our vision of eco-art workshops at Baton Roots Farm," said Morgan Udoh, Senior Program Coordinator of Public Art and Afterschool Programming at The Walls Project. "This grant not only enables us to create beautiful, environmentally-conscious art but also to share valuable knowledge on protecting our environment. It's a significant step toward a more sustainable and harmonious Baton Rouge."

The Walls Project encourages everyone to get involved, whether they are budding artists or seasoned professionals, eco-conscious individuals or those simply looking to explore their creative side. Together, we can work towards a greener, more vibrant, and sustainable Baton Rouge.

Our first workshop in collaboration with local artist, Clare Samani, during Sow Good Saturday, November 4th, 10a-12p, will offer farm visitors the opportunity to handmake wrapping paper using paste painting techniques and stamps. Visitors will use brushes and texture tools to create patterns and abstract designs on their paste paper. By the end of the workshop, visitors will have the knowledge of how to make wrapping paper and decorative sheets from recycled materials with simple easy-to-follow steps.

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