I hope u know how loved u are.
A Public Memorial dedicated to reflecting and honoring
those we lost in Los Angeles, starting Jan 2020.
May 7th - May 31st 2021
647 Mateo Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90021
Classroom of Compassion is a Los Angeles based floral and creative arts organization dedicated to teaching and sharing the restorative and artistic practice of compassion and self compassion.
Our werk is dedicated to inspiring and imagining a future that supports the mental wellness of ALL communities.
We are artistic caretakers, creating safe, soothing, and imaginative spaces that connect and uplift communities facing challenges and navigating grief.
Our mission is to remind each and every person that they are loved and worthy of compassion and care.
I HOPE U KNOW
HOW LOVED U ARE
From Los Angeles, CA to Newtown, CT to London, England, these shirts declare our personal message of Loving-Kindness that has radically transformed our lives and provided us with the gift of connection to people around the world, around the country, and in our own communities; this shirt has been a powerful tool of engagement, bringing us together with so many wonderful and unexpected individuals, simply by wearing it. We hope it can provide that same service for you and your community.
SKIRBALL CULTURAL CENTER
A collaboration with the Skirball Cultural Center where we honored the legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg and provided the community of Los Angeles with a
drive-through, socially distant memorial.
Classroom of Compassion:
A Parkland Tribute
As a tribute to the one year anniversary of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tragedy, we partnered with the students and staff of Grover Charter HS, to create an interactive art installation.
On the four year anniversary of the largest terror attack against the Queer community in America’s history, Classroom of Compassion honored the 49 lives lost at Pulse Nightclub with a movement to celebrate our communities and ourselves.
They collaborated with 49 Queer artists throughout Los Angeles to perform a virtual act of pride: crown-making. Inspired by lessons from essential Queer icons, Marsha P Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, Stormé DeLarverie, and James Baldwin
Models of PRide
This lesson hosted at Models of Pride (Models of Pride is the world’s largest conference for LGBTQ youth & allies 12-24) honored the life and legacy of trans icon Marsha P. Johnson. It was our first immersive werkshop building floral crowns and has since become our foundational practice.
BRING CHANGE TO MIND
We partnered with Bring Change to Mind (a mental-health focused non-profit geared to high school students) to build an all-day workshop for 60 High School students from 24 Los Angeles schools. The goal was to provide the students with a day of love and healing while giving them leadership tools to bring home to their own communities and schools.
We were so honored to be included in @changetheref celebration of what would’ve been 🥑🌻Joaquin Oliver’s 🌻 🥑 20th birthday. On August 4th, 2020, we were part of a Facebook Live event with 20 hours of programming including artists, activists, politicians and celebrities all coming together advocating for gun safety and a safer country. In celebration, we created a floral meditation celebrating what makes Guac unique, special and completely unforgettable.
On the one year anniversary of the shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, Classroom of Compassion returned to pay tribute to the community of Las Vegas by constructing a 6 foot tall memorial heart underneath the "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign.
Our loving-kindness flag and message first debuted at PRIDE in Los Angeles in 2018 and has since traveled the world. Designed from baby blankets, we use these words to nurture and empower communities in need everywhere, and remind them in times of darkness: I hope U know how loved U are.
Bar & Grill
For this activation, Classroom of Compassion created an on-site memorial installation for the community of Thousand Oaks.
A year later, we returned to honor each life with 12 activation throughout the city.
6 year anniversary
The tragedy at Sandy Hook elementary school truly broke our hearts. Six years later, we still feel the effects of that injury on our nation. In honor of the five year anniversary, we traveled to Newtown, Connecticut and built hearts to honor each child and teach lost. Spreading the art around the community, we wanted to pay tribute to their grief and resilience.
More coming soon>
THE MARATHON CONTINUES
In her words: “Earlier this week I asked @classroomofcompassion if they’d help me pour my grief into something and they said yes. Black death and black mourning side by side with black love and black family and I feel healed. Nipsey, you are missed and you are celebrated.”
LOVE U ALWAYS
A KOBE AND GIGI BRYANT MEmORIAL
To honor the great Kobe and Gianna Bryant, as well as all those that were lost on January 26, 2020, we created a number of special tributes. These hearts and alters utilized wood, paint, fresh flowers, and handmade candles, and became gathering spaces of love and remembrance for the community of Los Angeles.
We traveled to El Paso Texas to work in honor of the 22 people that were lost. In addition to making 22 hearts to place around the city as reminders of strength and love, we also engaged in acts of service to help the community like working in Respite Centers along the border. The project culminated at the Mexican Consulate in Los Angeles where we provided a version of our piece for the LA community, connecting the two cities through love.