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.

The student-artists + staff in the front of the Octopod, Clever Octopus’ outreach mobile vehicle.

The student-artists + staff in the front of the Octopod, Clever Octopus’ outreach mobile vehicle.

Participants worked together to create large sculptures out of reclaimed materials (trash). This program included an educational tour to the Salt Lake County Landfill and a trip to the Hogle Zoo.

Students walking into the Recycling Education Center at the Salt Lake County Landfill.

Students walking into the Recycling Education Center at the Salt Lake County Landfill.

Hogle Zoo “Washed Ashore” exhibit with the Rattlesnake group.

Hogle Zoo “Washed Ashore” exhibit with the Rattlesnake group.


(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.

Day 1 - students learning how to make reusable bags from T-shirts

Day 1 - students learning how to make reusable bags from T-shirts

(RE)THINK WASTE

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.

Day 2 - students learning about waste at the Salt Lake County Landfill

Day 2 - students learning about waste at the Salt Lake County Landfill

(RE)CREATE ART

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.

Day 3 - students working on large-size sculptures from reclaimed materials

Day 3 - students working on large-size sculptures from reclaimed materials

(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.

Rattlesnake group made out of textile waste. Group led by Clever Octopus instructor - Amanda L.

Rattlesnake group made out of textile waste. Group led by Clever Octopus instructor - Amanda L.

Barn owl group made out of plastic waste. Group led by Clever Octopus instructor - Pam M.

Barn owl group made out of plastic waste. Group led by Clever Octopus instructor - Pam M.

Big horn sheep made out of paper waste. Group led by Clever Octopus instructor - Zach H.

Big horn sheep made out of paper waste. Group led by Clever Octopus instructor - Zach H.

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.

Speakers:

  • 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

Group photo at the unveiling event July 18t, 2019. From left to right: Jen Lopez (Co-Founder & Program Director of Clever Octopus), Lin Huang (AmeriCorps VISTA Program Coordinator at Clever Octopus), David Lang (head of Goldman Sachs’ Salt Lake City office), Sheri Gibb (Co-Founder & Executive Director of Clever Octopus), Kim Abrams (Vice President, Corporate Services and Real Estate, Head of Americas Regional Management at Goldman Sachs), Angee Doan (Senior Advisor for Education from the Salt Lake City Mayor’s Office), Kacy Huston (AmeriCorps VISTA Outreach Coordinator at Clever Octopus), Pam Morales (Clever Octopus Teaching Artist)

Group photo at the unveiling event July 18t, 2019. From left to right: Jen Lopez (Co-Founder & Program Director of Clever Octopus), Lin Huang (AmeriCorps VISTA Program Coordinator at Clever Octopus), David Lang (head of Goldman Sachs’ Salt Lake City office), Sheri Gibb (Co-Founder & Executive Director of Clever Octopus), Kim Abrams (Vice President, Corporate Services and Real Estate, Head of Americas Regional Management at Goldman Sachs), Angee Doan (Senior Advisor for Education from the Salt Lake City Mayor’s Office), Kacy Huston (AmeriCorps VISTA Outreach Coordinator at Clever Octopus), Pam Morales (Clever Octopus Teaching Artist)

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.


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