Trash-To-Art 2015

The City of Joplin Recycling Department, Post Art Library and Connect2Culture are sponsoring a Trash-To-Art contest and exhibit in celebration of the Joplin Recycling Center’s 15th anniversary. So gather some trash and create some art!

Entries must be made of materials that would otherwise be discarded (though paints, adhesives, embellishments and such are acceptable, so long as the majority of the piece is created with trash). Two dimensional and three dimensional entries shall not exceed three feet by three feet by three feet and may not weigh more than 15 pounds.

Categories include Adults (18 and older), Teens (grades 6-12) and Kids (grades PreK-5). First, second and third place prizes will be awarded in all three categories plus a People’s Choice prize, in each category.

Pickup an entry form at the Post Art Library, 300 South Main Street, Joplin City Hall First Floor Reception Counter, 602 South Main Street or click here to download! Submissions must be dropped off at the Post Art Library between March 26–28. The Artwork will be on display at the Post Art Library throughout April and winning entries will be displayed at the Wildcat Glades Conservation and Audubon Center throughout May. Call Leslie Simpson, 417-782-7678 for additional information.

Where you can collect recyclables/trash for your creation (other than the Recycling Center itself, that is)? Spiva Center for the Arts is offering a special, FREE class just for you! Read on for details…

Trash to Treasures with Tricia Courtney (Ages 10-Adult)
Saturday, February 28 | 1–3pm at Spiva Center for the Arts | Cost: FREE
In celebration of the Joplin Recycling Center’s 15th Anniversary, Spiva is offering a once in a lifetime opportunity to rummage through their vast collection of recycled treasures. Participants will spend time with local artist Tricia Courtney exploring found items as a medium for art. The fun begins as you use our items to create your own artistic masterpiece.



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