Clever Octopus & Goldman Sachs Engaged Youth on Creative Reuse with a Free Student Art Project
Clever Octopus and Goldman Sachs hosted a free art workshop series for students ages 11-14 in Salt Lake City, Utah, on July 9-12, 2019. The student-artists were joined by Clever Octopus teaching-artists and assistants, Goldman Sachs employees, and college mentors to learn about reducing the impact of waste on our environment through recycling and Creative Reuse.
(RE)IMAGINE THE FUTURE
On Day 1, students participated in an educational curriculum focused on (Re)Imagining material consumption. Creative Reuse workshops helped foster the artists’ creativity and develop problem-solving, critical thinking and communication skills.
On Day 2, students were encouraged to (Re)Think their waste as they traveled to the Salt Lake County Landfill for an educational tour and the Hogle Zoo to view the “Washed Ashore” exhibit. The landfill showcased current waste management practices, while the exhibit served as an example of the impact of art in starting conversations about environmental stewardship.
On Day 3, students (Re)Created new art using the knowledge and skills they developed during the first two workshops! Each group collaborated to create one large-scale animal sculpture using a type of hard-to-recycle materials: textiles, plastics and different types of paper.
(RE)EVALUATE YOUR IMPACT
Through the sculpture building process, students were empowered with the knowledge and confidence to be thought leaders equipped to drive change in their own communities. They are now able to spread the idea of Creative Reuse and encourage others to reshape the current perception of waste today.
Special thank you to the following groups/ individuals:
Goldman Sachs Community Team Work (CTW) Members
College Mentors (Salt Lake Community College Students)
Clever Octopus Members (Program Coordinator, Outreach Coordinator, Executive Director, and Program Director)
Clever Octopus teaching-artists and assistants
Photographers Scott Hathaway and Sharah Yaddaw of Wonderstone Films
Zak Breckenridge, Salt Lake County Landfill
Clever Octopus and Goldman Sachs hosted a celebration event for the sculpture unveiling. We want to give thanks to our speakers for engaging the youth and finishing the program with such a strong ending.
David Lang - Head of Operations, Goldman Sachs, Salt Lake City
Angee Doan - Senior Advisor for Education, Salt Lake City Mayor’s Office
Sheri Gibb - Executive Director, Clever Octopus
Kim Abrams - Vice President, Corporate Services and Real Estate, Head of Americas Regional Management at Goldman Sachs
The final sculptures created by participants will be displayed at the Salt Lake City Main Library until the end of August. It is displayed in the children’s section gallery, right in front of the elevators.