Friday, January 10, 2014

Student art featured in San Diego's 'Dare to Reuse' 2014 calendar

Students from Encanto, Field, and Holmes elementary, Golden Hill K-8, Mann and Muirlands middle, and Kearny High school schools created winning art for the City of San Diego’s Dare to Reuse 2014 calendar, a free calendar available online for download.
Bob the Robot by Amina Bannavong of Mann Middle School

The City’s Environmental Services Department sponsors the annual contest calling on students in grades 4-12 to create art made only from "found object" materials – items that have already been used and are headed toward recycling. According to the city, The contest and exhibition are made possible through a collaboration of the City of San Diego’s Environmental Services Department, the San Diego County Office of Education and the New Children’s Museum. Funding was generously provided by WAXIE Sanitary Supply.

The Dare to Reuse art contest started out as an annual art exhibition for local found-object artists in the San Diego area.

Past pieces have been some of the most creative and thought-provoking artwork in recent years. The exhibition eventually spread as an art contest to school-aged children in 2011, with the online calendar being the first of its kind for the City of San Diego’s Environmental Services Department.

Download a PDF copy of the calendar or information on the contest for the 2015 calendar through the Environmental Services Department.

For more information about recycling at your school, please visit the San Diego Unified’s recycling website at or contact Janet Whited, recycling specialist at 858-637-6268 or