DESHART – On a Mission

The following post comes from, the site of DESHART, a group that describes itself and its mission this way:

DEHSART combines prevention, awareness and outreach through artistic engagement and environmental education surrounding the issue of illegal dumping in the Antelope Valley region of Los Angeles County. Cultivating social connections, collective action, and civic empowerment our goal is to help transform our landscape through small interventions of public art that will tell a story of environmental resources and inspire change in our ecosystem. Join us. Relationships build community, and community creates change. If you’re interested in partnering in this effort, please contact info(at)dehsart(dot)com.

DESHART has recently fulfulled its mission/mandate. Learn more at their website, watch the video, or drop them a line.


Hinterculture productions created a Public Service Announcement based on the votes from our public engagement activity that asked you what message you wanted to emphasized to activate community involvement in illegal dumping. The community overwhelmingly decided REPORTING is the message that needs to be broadcast and encouraged in the region to address the illegal dumping activities in the AV.

Please report any illegal dumping activities at 1-888-8DUMPING & STOPILLEGALDUMPING.COM. Help keep our deserts beautiful!




DESHART – art, community, ecology

"Intervention B with Jennifer from JCPenny®," 2013. | Courtesy of DEHSART.

From a review at KCET by Evan Senn:

Karyl Newman and Larissa Nickel — who together form the arts collaborative “Hinterculture” — are the creators of Desert Engagement: Hinder Swill Achieving Recycled Trash” (DEHSART). The two female artists created DEHSART as a way to not only help clean up the Antelope Valley, but also to inspire others to explore and enjoy their unique and inspiring landscape. Newman and Nickel formed their collaboration, Hinterculture, to reveal the outlying history, art, technology, and business of the high desert by mining sites for social, cultural and aesthetic purposes. “There is a lot of really wonderful stuff in the desert, and a lot of people just don’t know about it,” says Newman.

Read more of the KCET review here.

Check out the projects home site: DESHART