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Beautiful Waste Project: CTA at In/Future

Beautiful Waste Project: CTA at In/Future

Friday, October 07, 2016
Categories: Great Things, Happenings @ TDSB, School Web Stories

Arts education program Blank Canvases and anti-bullying character education charity Thinking Forward enlisted the talents of a group of NAC10/Central Toronto Academy (CTA) students for the Beautiful Waste art installation. This project was part of the In/Future: a transformative art experience, in partnership with Art Spin and Small World Music, that took place this past September at the temporarily revived Ontario Place site. 

CTA students and Blank Canvases Arts Educators lead workshops with 150 students from Parkdale Public School, 110 NAC students from CTA, as well as the general public where they worked with participants to create a “telescope” made from recycled water bottles. The objective was to have each participant turn their waste into an object of beauty. Water bottles come at an environment cost as landfills globally are overflowing.

“We wanted to create a beautiful project using waste in a positive way,” said Blank Canvases Education Director, Natalie Kauffman. “We also wanted this to be an interactive and community-based experience.” 

CTA students appreciated the opportunity to participate in the project. "It gave me a chance to work on my leadership skills and provided me with an opportunity to teach groups of children about eco-friendly art," said grade 10 student Robertha.

NAC10 students also worked with First Nations artist Jenny Blackbird on an up-cycle “heARTs” pin project with discarded material found from Arts Junktion. Students gifted student participants and community partners involved with In/Future their DIY heART pendants. 

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