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Research: Cultural Civic Computing

Eco-Interns/Earth Day Latino

Los Angeles State Historic Park, 2011.

Twenty-five Latino students gathered on the first weekend of April 2011 to engage in a cultural media project with Fabian Wagmister. Armed with mobile phone cameras and empowered with creative imagination, they actively researched and gathered information in the Los Angeles State Historic Park. Together they created a collective expression of the co-existence of nature and the city.

Their efforts were translated into a billboard, and the final artwork was unveiled opposite the park on Earth Day Latino. There, for the first time, a two-day long event was held with activities that revolved around environmental conservation in urban surroundings and learning about the Los Angeles natural landscape. Over that weekend, the Latino community got together at the Los Angeles State Historic Park to participate in flora and tree planting, outdoor activities and bonfire presentations. They were also treated to free brown bag lunches before taking part in the first annual Los Angeles River Walk-A-Thon the following day.

Eco-Interns was a joint project between UCLA REMAP, California State Parks and William C. Velasquez Institute.

Earth Day Latino was a collaboration between UCLA REMAP, California State Parks, William C. Valesquez Institute, Mia Lehrer & Associates and Anahuak Youth Sports Association.

News Article: http://blogs.laweekly.com/informer/2012/04/students_create_billboards_wit.php

Site: eco-interns.remap.ucla.edu


Pictures of the billboards


Pictures on Earth Day Latino