The Recycled Arts Festival is much more than a market for shopping (though we do hope you support the participating artists!); it's an experience! Here in Clark County Solid Waste and Environmental Outreach, we wanted to make sure that you could immerse yourself in thinking about waste, recycling, and how to reduce your impact without spending a dime. To that end, we've got some really fantastic entertainment lined up this year. Over the next few weeks we're going to highlight some of the amazing artists joining us this year, as well as the nonprofits, performances, and hands-on activities that will make you want to spend an entire day with us at the Festival!
Lots to see at the 2019 Recycled Arts Festival! Part II: Nonprofits and Sponsors
The Festival's sponsors, local government agencies, and nonprofits are those that support a mission of reducing waste and being good stewards of the environment here in Clark County. They also bring some fun things to the Festival, including:
The Art Car: Finally, something your kids can color on with Sharpies that won't give you a heart attack! Presenting Sponsor McCord's Vancouver Toyota invites all Festival participants to grab a marker or two and add their designs to a Toyota Prius hybrid vehicle.
Furry Friends and Must Love Dogs NW: Visit these organizations at the Festival to learn about adopting shelter and rescue pets; after all, re-homing pets should just be the fourth "R" after "reduce, reuse, recycle"! In addition to being able to meet some cute dogs and cats, Furry Friends is also offering discounted micro-chipping for cats and dogs for $20, to help ensure lost pets find their way home!
Planet Clark: Visit the Planet Clark trailer from Clark County's Building Safety team to win prizes and tour the model of building safety and efficiency. The Planet Clark Trailer has been visiting events and schools throughout the Vancouver Portland area since 2011. The trailer has recently had a complete update inside and out that includes new hands on interactive displays including an earthquake simulator!
Art with SCRAP: SCRAP PDX will be at the Kids' Activity booth with make-and-take recycled-art crafts for kids and kids at heart! Stop by any time Saturday or on Sunday morning to make a mask for the Procession of the Species!
Tossed and Found: Check out the "Tossed and Found" from Waste Connections and the Columbia Resource Company. This booth features surprising items found at Clark County's transfer stations where they were dropped off to be sent to the landfill. In the past we've seen working electric guitars, toys still in sealed packaging, and hand-carved canoes in the "Tossed and Found"! At this location you can pick up a flyer with information about the Clark County Green Neighbors Thrift Store Map and the disposal directory available at our website, so that you can help find working and repairable items new homes instead of sending them, and the resources used to make them, to be lost to the landfill forever. You can also visit two local favorite thrift stores, the Habitat for Humanity ReStore and the Humane Society for Southwest Washington's ReTails, right at the Festival!
Here's a complete list of who you'll find at the Recycled Arts Festival this year:
- SCRAP PDX
- Must Love Dogs NW
- Friends of Trees
- WSU Clark County Extension Master Gardeners
- City of Vancouver Urban Forestry
- Habitat for Humanity ReStore
- Humane Society for Southwest Washington's ReTails
- Waste Connections and their "Tossed and Found" exhibit
- Discounted micro-chipping and cats available for adoption from Furry Friends
- Planet Clark's interactive trailer with interactive exhibits about energy conservation and building safety
- Renewal by Andersen, sponsor of the Procession of the Species
- Clark Public Utilities' Stream Team
- StormBots high school robotics
- Leaf Filter, sponsor of the Sculpture Garden art contest
- E-Cycle Washington from Washington Department of Ecology
- Slow Food Southwest Washington
- NW Natural, Main Stage Entertainment sponsor
- Oregon Electric Vehicle Association with converted-to-electric vehicles
- Clark County Green Programs: Clark County Green Neighbors (host of the Recycled Arts Festival), Clark County Green Schools, Clark County Green Business, and the Clark County Master Composter Recyclers