Northcoast Environmental Center press release:
The Northcoast Environmental Center (NEC) is hosting its 2nd annual Craft for the Coast Trash Art competition. This is an exciting event that engages the local community through art, recycling, litter cleanup and community activism. The NEC will be hosting an outdoor art exhibit on Saturday, July 23 at the Arcata Farmers Market from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Local artists submitted artistic creations made from waste and recycled materials for a chance to win a variety of prizes. The community can show their support for their favorite work of art by voting for the People’s Choice Award July 19-31 online at www.yournec.org/craft4coast. Each vote costs $1. Funds raised through Craft for the Coast will directly benefit NEC programs such as EcoNews, community activism workshops, Coastal Cleanup Month, paid internships, citizen science projects, and more.
Craft for the Coast strives to raise awareness of marine debris issues and give new life to trash! By cleaning up beaches and making recycled art, people can keep trash out of our oceans and landfills. Going further, the NEC embraces the idea that art is activism and has the power to influence policy and change the way we deal with waste as a community.
Craft for the Coast encourages people to recognize the possibility of what could once be considered ‘waste’. “Waste can become something beautiful, useful, innovative and even powerful,” NEC said. NEC Outreach Coordinator and Creator of Craft for the Coast Chelsea Pulliam. “We hope to transform our community mindset to see value where we couldn’t see it before, and know that our actions are creating ripples. Seeing or creating a moving work of art out of trash has the potential to create change within your home, your community, or even the world.