To engage people in your community in creative reuse, a recycled art contest is a great way to inspire people from many ages and backgrounds. You can listen to my podcast episode about how to organize a recycled art contest and my experience attending one in Baltimore, Maryland. This originally aired December 2017.
I attended a recycled art contest in Baltimore hosted by the Maryland Department of the Environment. The contest was called Rethink Recycling and 2017 was the 16th year the contest took place. There were 61 entries from 21 high schools.
The sculptures were judged on three qualities – Creativity, Workmanship and Use of Materials. There was also a People’s Choice category where every guest could vote for their two favorite sculptures. One of my votes did win the People’s Choice award! This year’s Grand Prize winner made a piece called “Marry Me?” It was made with a mannequin, plastic forks and spoons, broken jewelry and paint.
At the end of this podcast, I talk about recent successes selling some of Trashmagination’s creations.
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Photos from Rethink Recycling 2017
Recycled Art Contests Held Annually
Manassas, Virginia – holds an annual outdoor recycled art contest
Recent Trashmagination Prototypes that Sold at a Recent Craft Sale
Mentioned in this Episode
- Kinetic Sculpture Race in Baltimore
- Blick’s Mixed Media Contest – entries due in April 2018
- TrashAnatomy Shark
- Plastic Bag Weaving
- Script for this podcast episode about recycled art contests (not a transcript but gives the main ideas)
- The Trashmagination podcast theme music is Kitchen from the Marian Circle Drum Brigade.