Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Skraptacular participated in the annual shearing of the heather at Fort Tryon Park on April 13th, this past Saturday. This celebration takes place every year and honors Scottish heritage and Fort Tryon's heather gardens. Skraptacular was there to raise awareness and get people to contribute to a tapestry made of plastic that we are weaving in preparation for Earth Day. Our tapestry is called, the "Skraptacular Tapestry of No Away." No away refers to people's misconception that they can just "throw things away," when in reality it all piles up at a landfill for generations. Participants used recycled plastic materials, and weaved them into the tapestry. Not only is this the Skraptacular Tapestry of No Away, but also, this relates to the idea of a Scottish tartan!
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Friday, March 1, 2013
Hey Skraptaculators and Skraptacular followers! This is Gabi, Skraptacular intern. These are some pictures of recycling and sustainability around the globe. While I was away over seas in Chile, a thin south american country, I noticed that there are ways to reduce, reuse and recycle even 5,106 miles away from the city. Overall, Chile's efforts to recycle are overall good, however in the big cities like Santiago (the capital), Chileans produce 6,000 tons of waste per day! The small towns and organizations are the ones making an impact. I have provided some pictures that I took while I was away.
I traveled to a small eco hotel and restaurant called "Posada del Parque"in Mantagua, Chile (http://www.posadadelparque.cl/index.php). Throughout the property there are signs, reminding you to recycle and small containers, in which to put cigarettes. The first photo is a picture of their recycling bins. To translate, the signs read: red - plastic, green - glass, blue - paper and yellow - metal. The second photo is a cigarette container surrounded by different signs that contain eco friendly facts. The third photo is a close up of one of the signs. It says: Did you know that plastic bottles take 500 years to decompose... help us keep the earth clean. The next photo is of the 20 or more plastic bottles filled with all of the individual wrappers and small pieces of trash that they have found on the floor. My last photo is of a man in the big city of Viña del Mar collecting all of the cardboard boxes he can find to later recycle them. His small cart overflowing with all of the dump from the city.
Until next time, keep doing what you can to clean this world!
Toddler Eco-Art HourSkraptacular Studios Presents: spring classes!
ages 2 -4 years old
Thursdays 10:30-11:30 am
K-5th grade Eco-Art Hour
Fridays 4:00-5:00 pm
Cost: $180 for 6 sessions
March 7th - April 11th
- Sculpt with trash items--from non-recyclable plastic packaging to corks and bottle caps.
- Turn scrap paper, catalogs and magazines into precious hand-made journals, puppets, collages and book marks
- Make magical mobiles out of boxes, broken toys and so much more
- The most important lesson students will learn, however, is to be a part of something larger than themselves: a movement to tend and protect our planet
4:30-6 pmCost $180 for 6 week sessionMarch 7th - April 11th
- Trashion Fashion Thursdaysages 11-144:30-6 pmMarch 7th - April 11thCost $180 for 6 week session
- Design garments, jewelry, hair pieces and purses
- Explore with unconventional materials such as fused plastic, shreaded candy wrapper confetti and tyvek envelopes
- work with guest designers in the business
- Showcase your best work in the Beau Monde Society Fashion Show in SoHo on April 20th
Maximum 8 students per class
e-mail or call to register:
917 699 8136
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Please Join Skraptacular at Summer Fest at Ann Loftus Park (A train to Dyckman Station) Sunday August 26th from 1-3. We'll be creating puppets in conjunction with the Swedish Marionette Theater.
Hope to see you all there!
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Saturday, June 23rd - Skraptacular goes to the Cooper - Hewitt!
Sunday August 29th- Fort Tryon Summer Fest
Skraptacular will create marionettes in conjunction with the Swedish Puppet Theater at Summer Fest in Fort Tryon Park sponsored by Friends of Fort Tryon Park.
Hello to all Skraptacular followers! This is Gabi, a skraptacular intern here blogging. About a month ago, I won an essay contenst with a prize of 5000 dollars. I wrote a 1-page essay about who my favorite freedom sister was and why. I chose to write my essay about Septima Poinsette Clark. I compared her and how she educated people about racism to how skraptacular educates people about environmental awareness. I explained how skraptacular has changed the way that many people think of the planet just like Ms. Clark did with rights for blacks. Below, I've attached the essay that I wrote, I hope you can read it to learn more about skraptacular and Septima Poinsette Clark.
Freedom’s Sisters Essay
Septima Poinsette Clark
Gabriela Banda 330 Haven Ave. #4C New York, NY 10033 212-928-5240
MS 54/ Booker T. Washington Grade 7
Septima Poinsette Clark was an American educator and a civil rights activist who advanced the struggle for equality. Septima grew up in the early 20th century, as one of eight children and the daughter of a former slave. Although her family had limited resources, she continued her education to become a teacher. She married and had two children. Tragically, both her first baby and her husband died leaving her a widow at a young age. Trying to raise her son, she was not paid the same amount of money as other teachers because of her race. Septima began to fight for her rights as an African – American teacher and was very successful in her protests, although hard fought. She later joined the Charleston County School Board in South Carolina. Septima had a major impact on the civil rights movement and changed people’s minds about racism and women. Septima Clark and the other Freedom Sisters taught me that you must stand up for what you believe. She was an optimist and was not deterred from trying to make the world a better place for women, African Americans and everyone who wanted an education. She is now remembered as the “Grandmother of the American Civil – Rights movement.”
As a young girl in New York City, I can take the lessons of Septima Poinsette Clark and apply them to my concern that we are destroying our planet. Kids breathe polluted, toxic air. Entire ecosystems are at risk. Our consumer culture creates more trash and energy consumption as glaciers melt. NYC has one of the worst recycling records in the nation. Almost two years ago, I became an intern at Skraptacular, a Washington Heights based, non profit organization. Skraptacular inspires environmental awareness by working with children to turn trash into art. The art that we make is 100% recycled from everyday trash. For example, after Hurricane Katrina, we created paper mache plastic bottle piggy banks as a fundraiser. We raised $2600 that was donated to an art therapy program working with displaced children living in FEMA trailers. We do workshops at schools, organize Eco fests and participate in efforts to make our city greener. Our goal is to educate kids and families about environmental sustainability.
I feel that fighting to save our planet is the most pressing cause of my generation. Without a clean environment, we will ALL be equally vulnerable. We all need to breathe clean air and drink clean water. Just like Septima, I believe education can help make society more fair and our planet a better place to live. Septima wanted to educate people about civil rights; the purpose of Skraptacular is to educate people about environmental awareness. Septima said, “I have great belief in the fact that whenever there is chaos, it creates wonderful thinking. I consider chaos a gift.” Septima Clark’s protesting and fighting for many years paid off. She believed she could make a difference and this inspires me to believe in protecting our planet for future generations.