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Published on March 3rd, 2009 | by Kelly Rand

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Trash into Treasure: Reuse and Upcycle your way to a SMART Future

Adventure Ecology is taking to the sea and setting sail from San Fransisco and heading to Australia. The catch? Their boat is made from water bottles. How cool is that? They are also teaming up with Sculpt the Future Foundation to challenge you to come up with something just as awesome to do with trash.

So get your thinking caps on, brush up on your upcycling and take that trash and turn it into treasure for the SMART Art ‘Trash into Treasure’ competition. Your sculpture, functional item, photograph, video or music could net you fame and fortune, or a winning cash prize, as long as you can show reuse.

First Place will receive a $2,000 Cash Award:

  • Future exhibition opportunity in a highly visible San Francisco venue or museum
  • Featured in the online Art Gallery of the SMART Art Competition
  • Displayed as part of the Plastiki Art Exhibit

Second Place will receive a $500 Cash Award:

  • HP laptop computer
  • Featured in the online Art Gallery of the SMART Art Competition
  • Displayed as part of the Plastiki Art Exhibit

Third Place will receive a “Treasure Chest of Art Supplies”

  • Featured in the online Art Gallery of the SMART Art Competition
  • Displayed as part of the Plastiki Art Exhibit

The top 20-30 Finalists will receive an honorable mention

  • Featured in the online Art Gallery of the SMART Art Competition
  • Displayed as part of the Plastiki Art Exhibit

Deadline for submissions is May 1, 2009 and winners will be announced on May 8, 2009. For submission guidelines and the legal rules and regulations visit the SMART Art Competition website.

Image by timtak, under a creative commons license


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About the Author

Kelly covers visual arts in and around Washington, DC for DCist and is editor of Crafting a Green World. Kelly has also been published by Bust Magazine and you can find her byline at Indie Fixx and Etsy’s Storque and has taught in Etsy’s virtual lab on the topic of green crafting. Kelly helps organize Crafty Bastards: Arts and Crafts Fair, one of the largest indie craft fairs on the east coast and has served on the Craft Bastard’s jury since 2007. Kelly is also co-founder of Hello Craft a nonprofit trade association dedicated to the advancement of independent crafters and the handmade movement. Kelly resides in Washington, D.C. and believes that handmade will save the world.



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