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April 3, 2009
College, City of Santa Clarita Collaborate on Earth Day 2009
This spring the College of the Canyons Sustainable Development Committee (SDC) is working with City of Santa Clarita officials to coordinate a ‘Recycled Work of Art’ contest — with entered pieces set to be presented at the community wide Earth Day Festival and 20th Annual Arbor Day Celebration Saturday April 18, at Central Park.
Each year the City hosts the Arbor Day Celebration to educate residents about the benefits of trees as part of the world-recognized Arbor Day holiday. As an added event to this year’s celebration, Earth Day festivities will include a variety of live entertainment and interactive activities, vendor booths and displays scheduled to take place across six environmentally themed interactive zones.
Throughout the spring, members of the college’s SDC and Students For Sustainability group have been performing service-learning projects at local schools, working to promote themes of environmental responsibility while helping to create art projects to be entered into the contest.
“One of our primary goals is to get students of all ages engaged in the Earth Day festival and Arbor Day celebration,” said Jia-Yi Cheng-Levine, co-chair of the college’s Sustainable Development Committee (SDC). “Hopefully interacting with our students and presenting the opportunity to enter their work into the art contest will encourage them to become involved in the city’s long term environmental goals.”
Offering the rare opportunity to participate in the development of a public art practice, the ‘Recycled Work of Art’ contest has been designed to increase awareness about the City’s recycling program while also promoting environmental art work.
Contest entries must be made entirely of reusable, recycled and/or recyclable materials (with the exception of materials used to hold it together). Entry may be painted or submitted in a natural state, however the use of hazardous materials and/or containers that once held hazardous materials (i.e. paint, oil, pesticides, cleaning products, chemicals etc) may not be used.
All submitted projects must include an entry form and accompanying questionnaire. Entries can be dropped off on the day of the event from 9 to 10 a.m. in the children’s zone area at Central Park. Entries can then be picked up from 5 to 6 p.m.
Awards will presented in the following categories: creativity (1st, 2nd, 3rd), best use of recyclables (1st, 2nd, 3rd), elementary school, junior high school and high school.
Artists are asked to reserve a spot for their work before April 10 by contacting Donna Avila with the City of Santa Clarita at (661) 286-4018
Central Park is located at 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road. For more information on the Earth Day Festival and Arbor Day Celebration, contact Jeff Barber, City of Santa Clarita Arts and Events Supervisor at (661) 286-4078 or visit santa-clarita.com.