"It was wonderful, so glad we were able to make the trip up from Florence." -Facebook user Shanna Schmit
What do you get when you cross a giant dung beetle, a marching band, 138 artists, ten nonprofits, and tons of materials rescued from a fate in the landfill? The 2019 Clark County Recycled Arts Festival! The annual event is a fun way to help residents be more mindful about waste and recycling, encouraging them to see what may be trash as potential treasure. Artist criteria includes that their items are made with at least 75% recycled materials. Enjoy these highlights from the 2019 event, and mark your calendars for the 2020 Clark County Recycled Arts Festival: June 27 and 28, 2020! And don't forget to head over to our Facebook and Instagram pages to see videos from the Festival and more recycled art!
"This was such a fun festival... if you missed you need to plan on next year... people come up with the coolest recycled art... it was a hot day but so much fun!" -Facebook user Dawna Hart
The Procession of the Species is a parade through the Festival celebrating the natural world, art, creative reuse, and environmental stewardship.
Fred Bear joined the Procession of the Species this year!
We've seen people ride elephants, but never the other way around!
Whoa, look at that mushroom cap made from newspapers and other recycled materials!
Lions and crocodiles and butterflies, oh my! Lots of creatures marched in the Procession of the Species.
The Beat Goes On marching band and their pom squad led the Procession of the Species.
The Beat Goes On led the Procession of the Species, and members even dressed themselves and their instruments as plants and animals!
Look at those great recycled costumes!
A fan favorite this year, Jugglemania would periodically dress as a dung beetle and roll his dung through the Festival. He was a perfect caboose for the Procession of the Species. And a great example of creative reuse - his dung ball is made of old burlap sacks!
This was the second year The Falconer has joined us at the Recycled Arts Festival, helping guests understand the impacts our choices have on wildlife and the environment, including how waste and litter can endanger beautiful birds like this falcon.
Alexander, Master of Marvels, amazed Festival-goers all weekend.
SCRAP PDX hosted recycled-art crafts for kids.
The kids' activity tent was packed all weekend with kids and adults who, being inspired by the amazing artists showing in the Festival, wanted to make their own recycled art!
No costume for the Procession of the Species? No problem! A local face painter was donating her talents to make kids into whatever their hearts desired!
Booths throughout the Festival taught Clark County residents about the importance of reducing waste and recycling right, and provided resources. The Tossed & Found from Waste Connections featured like-new items that they had recovered from the "dump". After the Festival, the items were donated to ReTails thrift store.
The artists of Beyond Caricatures sketch a couple on art board they make from materials like newspapers and non-recyclable paper like receipts.
Here comes Peter Cottontail! A couple of bunnies hop along in the Procession of the Species.
The Procession of the Species included such a diverse array of plants and animals, including species that we didn't even know existed.
The Skyview High School StormBots showed how bits of this and pieces of that can be reused to make amazing things, like robots!
Drawing on the Toyota "Art Car" allowed guests to make their own art at the Festival. And where else would you get the opportunity to write on a car with permanent marker (and not get in trouble!)?
Guests visited the booth of Recycled Arts Festival host Clark County Green Neighbors and the other Clark County Green Programs: Green Schools, Green Business, and the Master Composter Recyclers, to play games and learn about waste reduction and recycling in Clark County.
Staff of Recycled Arts Festival host, Clark County Public Health's Solid Waste and Environmental Outreach program, were ready to help guests and visitors have a great time!