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Creative Reuse Art Making

by Amy Keenan Amago

The United States produces more trash than any other country in the world. The average citizen produces 4.4 pounds of solid waste each day, which adds up to almost a ton of trash per person, per year. While these statistics are staggering, there has been a growing movement to stop this disturbing trend by finding new uses for the plentiful trash our country produces. Creative reuse or “upcycling”– the act of taking objects that would otherwise be discarded or recycled and transforming them into artful, decorative or utilitarian items – has gained popularity among artists and educators in recent years as budgets tighten and concerns for the environment mount. As an artist and art teacher, I have found great value in working with recycled or rescued items both in the classroom and in my studio. Working with non-traditional art materials poses unique creative challenges and thrills, as it stimulates my intellect in a way no other art medium can. I find the rationale compelling for working with theses Learn More…


Museum Morning Feature!

by Candie Waterloo

The Museum Morning program at the South Bend Museum of Art is one of the Education Departments longest-running outreach programs for our local schools.  Nearly 200 South Bend Community School Corporation fifth graders come to SBMA for Museum Morning each week from February until May, to both tour our galleries and create art in our studios. Learn More…

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