Are you a teacher hoping to join the Quilt challenge but worried how to fit it in the curriculum? Art teacher Suzi Stasica of the KIPP Raices Academy in East Los Angeles advises, “start small, build knowledge and empathy, and watch the project grow to affect more of the school community.“
Thanks to a grant and some fundraising, we’re off to the best start ever for the International Plastic Quilt Project In-Schools 2012. We have three artists leading the way in three locations in Northeast, North and Southeast Portland. Vicky DeKrey started in January, Bridget Benton starts later this month and Tim [...]
It may have been a typical misty Portland evening but the atmosphere inside the 100th Monkey Studio for the Square Affair fundraiser was warm and cozy. I made my trek up from San Francisco because I just knew I had to see these pieces in person. I was thoroughly amazed by how creative these [...]
Our first ever fundraising event kick-off last Friday was a success! Local and international artists graciously donated their time and talents to contribute artwork to our first Square Affair event. See the art store here and make a purchase by Dec [...]
I first started exploring making art with used plastic in earnest back in 2009, when I participated in Create Plenty’s Leave No Plastic Behind art challenge [which evolved into the International Plastic Quilt Project]. The idea was to 1) try to use as little single-use, “disposable” [...]
I am a longtime SCRAP shopper. I love the reclaimed materials both for environmental and waste reductions purposes. I also am inspired by the creativity that comes from art supplies that need me to come up with a way to use them.
Over a year ago I bought a [...]
by Cheryl Lohrmann, Director, Create Plenty
Following in the footsteps of the Names Project Aids Memorial Quilt, that continues to exhibit and accept submissions into its 3rd decade, we believe that the more people who participate in this community art project, the more demand there will be for alternatives that involve “reduce, reuse, recycle” and the [...]
As my city of Portland, Oregon begins its move towards plastic reduction by banning plastic grocery bags this week, I’m taking some time to assess where I am in my own household’s plastic-free journey. It’s been perfect timing for perusing our trash actually, since I’ve been collecting plastic “art supplies” for my [...]
post by Amy Chovnick, Create Plenty board member
San Leandro, California
Huge Congratulations to the city of San Leandro, CA!
More than 10 years ago when my kids were in preschool, I remember the stacks of Styrofoam trays in the art closet. I never asked where they came from (were they overstocks or did they once house [...]