More than ever before children and adults are getting involved in preserving and protecting the ecology from further destruction. They’re recycling and reusing, forming environmental clubs, cleaning up garbage, using less paper and plastic, protecting endangered species. Best of all, they’re spreading the word. Thanks to a number of hands-on environmental education programs kids today are also becoming aware for tomorrow in the fight to preserve and protect the globe. The credit goes back to small efforts initiated like the one by the Cranberry Area Council for the Arts, Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania.
Wasted cola bottles, old magazines and newspapers, thrown away cardboard boxes, packing materials etc can all cobble to create an arty touch that can perk up your home or office dÃ©cor and that too without endangering the ecology further. Well, that is exactly what the Garby Awards, an annual community competition for artwork crafted from recyclable materials, in collaboration with the Cranberry Area Council, Pennsylvania is planning. Inspired by passionate environmental programs in Cranberry Township, the Community Chest treasurer, and township supervisor, Bruce Mazzoni has come up with an idea to celebrate the intense recycling efforts in the community by an art presentation and the proceeds of which can help invigorate the Cranberry Council for the Arts. For years, the Council had hosted and encouraged art events in the community but due to lack of volunteers and dwindling interests had to be disbanded. But now with new levels of patronage and popularity in the newer generations hopes are building strong for a resurrection. In fact Mazzoni believes that with so much of talent in the community the show will turn out to be a stealer.
The recycled art competition has brought forward number of arty ideas in the past that will make many think twice whether as from trash. With some very artistic people around in the community, Lorin Meeder, Cranberryâs environmental projects coordinator, recalls that previous such endeavors had brought forward some master art forms like a 2-foot chess piece that one of the winning contestants made from magazine pages. Other entries included a windmill of soda cans, an under-the-sea scene that used newspapers and other colorful bits of paper, and Christmas decorations made from old butter containers. Also to be noted is the tulips made from cola bottles, which stole the show and left many dumbfound with its ingenuity.
With schools closed for summer and parents seeking out for reformative pursuits to engage kids with, here is some community activity that not only your kids but you will appreciate greatly. Check out in a glimpse some of the art pieces that community adeptness has brought out by sharpening our environmental intellect.