Self-Sustainable Artistic Community

submission by CourtneyCartr
Self-Sustainable Artistic Community

Organization Name

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ValhalLA

Website

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http://valhallamovement.com/

Indicator

Please select the one indicator that is most relevant to your project or organization: Housing

What is your idea and how will it impact your indicator?

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A self-sustainable habitat for and run by young artists. Inhabitants live in an Earthship/Superadobe hybrid. Both the Earthship and Superadobe structure are 100% off-the-grid. Its design allows it to produce its own food, renewable energy, and water. It heats and cools itself. Bills become extinct. Participants gain complete freedom from the stressors of modern society. Artistic passions are pursued without dependence on a capitalistic structure. Members may act on their dreams at a much younger age than is custom. This serves as a sister community to Valhalla Montreal, which was pioneered last spring.


The pillar of ValhalLA's success is hinged upon community. Collaboration is highly encouraged. Individuals possess positivity and an open-mind. They demonstrate true compassion and commit to live in harmony. Their energy is channeled into their environment's love, abundance, growth, and advancement. They support one another in the creation of progressive and innovative work. An application process is necessary--Valhalla Montreal has implemented multiple interviews and tasks to test the talent of potential members.


Members use their sustainable safe-haven to encourage victims of abuse or troubled backgrounds along the correct path. They provide a program that accepts these individuals and allows them to acquire sustainable skills. Knowledge of healthy nutrition, critical thinking, earth building, and permaculture principles are gained through assistance growing food on the base property and empty city lots. This education helps prepare them to enter the workforce and enforces positive social connectivity.  


It is time to challenge that which we've been accustomed. This community serves as an ulterior model. It unites and strengthens each indicator to provide a harmonious option for the future of LA.

What are some of your organization’s most important achievements to date?

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ValhaLA being founded. The establishment of partnerships within a short time frame; solidifying a heavy interest in making this idea a reality. The formation of a concrete plan that would allow it to move forward.


Valhalla Montreal formed in the summer of 2012. The website was then launched and members spread awareness to garner support. They will begin building on their 60 acres of land this spring. They raised $10,000 in less than a week through Kickstarter for the first off-the-grid, affordable, low-maintenance greenhouse.


Valhalla Washington has also started taking its first steps toward spreading awareness so that it may also sprout into a sister site.

Please identify any partners or collaborators who will work with you on this project.

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Valhalla Montreal, CalEarth, Gaia Earth and Technologies, Uncommon Good, Earthship Biotecture, Ethos Art Gallery


ValhalLA is a seed that will spread into a forest. Awareness is the water which allows growth. Partners and collaborators will flourish as word spreads and it becomes more established.

Please explain how you will evaluate your project. How will you measure success?

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Success cannot be measured in absolute terms. It is measured by progress. Each step advances ValhalLA further on the path to success. Awareness, website, acquisition of land, initiation of the building process, member move-in, happiness and health index of inhabitants are a few limbs of the ever-evolving tree.

How will your project benefit Los Angeles? Please be specific.

According to the LA 2050 report, workers aged 25 and below have the highest unemployment rate of any labor force group. The experience of unemployment is one of the strongest negative impacts on subjective well-being. Once unemployed or working an entry-level position, it is a struggle to afford housing in a healthy environment. Health is compromised as affordable homes are only available in neighborhoods with heavily polluted air that may cause cancer. Time is spent working to afford the cost of living. More than half spend 30% or more to afford housing. They become disconnected from the community. The fundamental nature of human social bonds is a crucial determinant of well-being. Neighborhoods with perceived social disorder and a lack of collective efficacy are more associated with crime related outcomes.  
Individuals become polarized and trapped in this cycle. They gather to live in an area but are disjointed from one another. They lack the education and skills to create a positive change for themselves.


ValhalLA benefits Los Angeles by creating a different cycle.


Houses are affordable. Earthships and Superadobe are created from recyclable materials. They have been tested, proven, and permitted in LA county. While both Earthship and Superadobe designs are revolutionary, they have not yet been integrated. This insemination promotes the recurring theme of innovation and collaboration. It involves experts in both fields and offers a long term solution to the increasing need for housing. Low material and operational costs allow homes to start at $7,000.


The habitat utilizes permaculture principles. Its structure has zero carbon footprint qualities and zero emission. This has immediate and large scale effects on environmental quality.


People are healthier with an improved environment and organic, locally grown food.


According to LA 2050, the current cost of living and unemployment rate place the future vitality of arts and culture at risk. Public arts expenditures are below the national average. There is a lack of arts-nurturing policy. ValhalLA members work together to give back to the city. They produce progressive art and maintain a beautiful environment. This heightens social connectivity, which, in turn, promotes public safety. Those who feel they can work with friends, family, and neighbors to bring about positive, collective change are more likely to report feeling safer.


ValhalLA educates others with knowledge that prepares them to change their own direct community. Others learn self-sustainable skills that enable them to seek and find employment in an emerging market with increasing demand for sustainable, low cost small business and residential buildings.


ValhalLA introduces an innovative concept; the functioning base for all ideas that have changed the world.

What would success look like in the year 2050 regarding your indicator?

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Success in the year 2050 is measured by growth.


We will consider it an enormous success if we double the number of lives we impact each year.


We will have started and made a biotectural movement mainstream success by 2050. This will be one of the most influential factors in defining the face of a new community of evolved Los Angelenos. This metropolis will set an example of what can be accomplished when we work together with one another and with our environment. Urban agriculture, like community gardens, will have a place in everyday life. Artists will demonstrate an innovative approach to education and showcase compassionate involvement. City-dwellers will strive to brainstorm new ways to shape LA into an even more desirable place to live. This will not be a city free from problems, but it will be a city equipped with sustainable and community-based solutions.

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I love this idea! Good luck Courtney!!!

by ariel.dawn.560
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thank you :)

by CourtneyCartr
over 1 year ago | Reply

The wave of the future begins in the present - this is a very exciting proposal!

by bygdyl
over 1 year ago | Reply

Very poetically put. Glad you're excited!

by CourtneyCartr
over 1 year ago | Reply

What a fantastic idea for the now and the future.

by JForrester
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thank you! :)

by CourtneyCartr
over 1 year ago | Reply

Did we just let this drop from #4 to #5? C'mon people, this needs to happen! The other submissions are great, but there will always be funding for education, safety, and health. These are huge topics today and people won't let them go. Sustainability, housing, the arts, these areas need improvement too and this is our chance to step into the spotlight!!! SPREAD THE WORD on ValhalLA!

by oh.leroy
over 1 year ago | Reply

Keep that enthusiasm! It's infectious to others and causes them to spread the word!

by CourtneyCartr
over 1 year ago | Reply

such a neat project!

by michael.nagle.733
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thank you!

by CourtneyCartr
over 1 year ago | Reply

Amazing idea that will start a groundswell for positive change in LA and all over. Imagine living in a "home" that requires absolutely nothing from utility companies... no water, no electricity, no sewage treatment... AND that makes it's own food and is made from recycled materials like tires, bottles, and cans! This is a GAME-CHANGER, folks.

by Ron L
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks for your support! It would be a great opportunity for LA to set an example for the rest of the nation to follow suit. Would really allow us to stand out as a county that paves the way for progressive change!

by CourtneyCartr
over 1 year ago | Reply

You got my vote! I had no idea you were doing this in LA (my city). Please send me more information about how I can get involved, as I'm quite interested. Thank you! -James

abovesound@gmail.com

by abovesound
over 1 year ago | Reply

Just sent an e-mail. Would love to have you involved!

by CourtneyCartr
over 1 year ago | Reply

Check out our mission statement HERE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=BTvVabFBekI

by CourtneyCartr
over 1 year ago | Reply

Nice! This looks "awesome"!

by parisla
over 1 year ago | Reply

You're awesome!

by CourtneyCartr
over 1 year ago | Reply

YES!!!! Do it and open the doors for other counties: San Bernadino County + Eco Village + People with Mental Health Special Needs = Sustainable housing, care and support for those living with Mental Health issues.

by lisa starr
over 1 year ago | Reply

That is the goal! Once this is established it will make the path much easier for others to do the same!

by CourtneyCartr
over 1 year ago | Reply

Up 7 places in a few hours! whoop whoop!

by ginelletesta
over 1 year ago | Reply

My friend Jeremy will go there to provide edible and medicinal mushrooms. May the sun shine on your face.

by Spacinjason80
over 1 year ago | Reply

Will this only be for a select age group or will this be available to everyone, what about families or single moms w kids?! Or only available to people already living in LA? How long would it take to build one of these types of communities?!
What an awesome idea!!! I wish more places would do this especially for artists!!!

by chrystal.elwell
over 1 year ago | Reply

Right now it's being planned in LA--it's geared toward but not limited to that age group as of this submission. Valhalla has begun sister sites in Washington, Colorado, and New England. You can find their pages on Facebook: facebook.com/valhalla.movement
We urge other states to do the same!
Build time depends on a variety of factors--Valhalla in Montreal formed last spring and plans to begin building this summer.
More places could do this for artists if they were aware of the idea as an alternative... that's why word-of-mouth is so crucial to spread awareness. :) Let me know if you have any more questions!

by CourtneyCartr
over 1 year ago | Reply

this is such a great Idea

by ChefX
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thank you :) spread the word so others become aware of it!

by CourtneyCartr
over 1 year ago | Reply

Awesome!

by Sunny21
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thank you :)

by CourtneyCartr
over 1 year ago | Reply

This needs to happen.

by Clarocco81
over 1 year ago | Reply

It will!

by CourtneyCartr
over 1 year ago | Reply

Nagyon -nagyon szuper terv! Olyan jó ,hogy ennek a pályázatnak nyernie kell,hogy megvalósulhasson a gyakorlatban is! Így más városoknak is mintául szolgálhatna.Magam részéről mozgósítom szavazásra a 800 ismerősömet.Minden ország annyit ér amennyit hajlandó áldozni az ott élő emberek szociális jólétére,anélkül hogy a környezetét, természetet stb. károsítaná.Teljes erőmmel azon vagyok hogy ez a project legyen az első.Europabol irom ezeket a sorokat.

by zsuzsanna
over 1 year ago | Reply

This needs to happen.

by Clarocco81
over 1 year ago | Reply

Amazing job guys!! Much love from Canada!!

by jon.sellars.73
over 1 year ago | Reply

Much love back!

by CourtneyCartr
over 1 year ago | Reply

If there is a community built in LA by the time im out of school its definitely where i want to be. If not I hope to help make it happen.

by adbstract
over 1 year ago | Reply

You CAN help! Spread the word. Get people around you to vote and do the same. Then, when you graduate, it will be ready and waiting for you :)

by CourtneyCartr
over 1 year ago | Reply

Ive actually just got in contact with the valhalla peoples to help translate the and help out however I can! If you got any ideas on how i can help the LA section more specifically shoot me a message! https://www.facebook.com/adbstract

by adbstract
over 1 year ago | Reply

The word "site" is supposed to be in there. XD

by adbstract
over 1 year ago

I JUST SAW THIS! Contacting you now.

by CourtneyCartr
over 1 year ago

I love this! It

by ariel.dawn.560
over 1 year ago | Reply

good luck! this is totally gonna happen!

by Anne3lizabeth
over 1 year ago | Reply

Don't stop believing :)

by CourtneyCartr
over 1 year ago | Reply

Let's get this great cause up and running! WOO!

by MediaDesigner777
over 1 year ago | Reply

Love that enthusiasm! Keep it coming!

by CourtneyCartr
over 1 year ago | Reply

What an amazing vision! I believe you've done the work to make this a reality. You deserve to win this competition. Regardless, I look forward to seeing ValhalLA.

by lindsey.dav.3
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thank you! It can only win if we continue to work together--so please continue to share! Every vote counts :)

by CourtneyCartr
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thank you! It can only win if we continue to work together--so please share and pass it on. Every vote counts :)

by CourtneyCartr
over 1 year ago | Reply

why are everyone's comments getting cropped off? I said much more than "can" - I can't wait for this to go into action and pave the way for other major cities to follow in LA's progressive footsteps!

by eelliott14
over 1 year ago | Reply

Can

by eelliott14
over 1 year ago | Reply

This is a brilliant idea!

by divya.reddy.35
over 1 year ago | Reply

Voted!
Impressive
Proud!
You Rock!
Papa

by BigDaddy Snookie
over 1 year ago | Reply

Can't wait to vote. This is fabulous!

by lynn.atkinson.351
over 1 year ago | Reply

Can

by lynn.atkinson.351
over 1 year ago | Reply

I

by elayne.badrigian
over 1 year ago | Reply

We

by CourtneyCartr
over 1 year ago | Reply

I'm so thrilled that there are people coming up with ideas like this one! It would be fantastic if this could be implemented all over the country. Self-sustainable living gives me hope for the future well-being of the environment and ourselves.

by elayne.badrigian
over 1 year ago | Reply

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$1,000,000 in total grants
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Submission Began
Tuesday, February 26

Submission Ended
Thursday, March 28
at 12:00 PM PDT

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Voting Began
Tuesday, April 02

Voting Ended
Wednesday, April 17
at 12:00 PM PDT

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Winner Announced
Wednesday, May 08

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