Recycled art show turns trash to treasures


Discarded items become works of art at Nov. 22 event. Viera Voice Photo

Garbage can be beautiful. That’s the message that Marcia Booth has been trying to convey since launching the nonprofit organization Recycle Brevard in 2011. 

“Only 30 percent of people in Brevard recycle. I just knew there had to be a way to improve that,” she said. 

Since her own recycling awakening, Booth has been looking for creative ways to raise awareness about better management of trash in the county — and she’s making an impact with kids. 

The Waste Me Not Recycled Art Show hosted by Recycle Brevard will give kindergarten through 12th-grade students a chance to show off their creativity. It will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22 at the Community Room located between LOFT and Francesca’s at The Avenue Viera. 

“The main goal is to make kids think about waste and how to avoid it. We don’t see how what we throw away could be reused or could help other people,” Booth said.

Students can enter by creating artwork from recycled materials or creating 8.5” X 11” posters featuring the theme. The contest entry form asks that students create pieces that “reflect the importance of practicing the 3Rs and avoiding waste through creative use of items that were going to be discarded.” 

Entries should also be able to easily sit on top of a counter or hang on a board. 

Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place in the following grade groups: K-3, 4-6, 7-8 and 9-12. There will also be an award for “Most Creative” and the “People’s Choice.” 

In addition, Recycle Brevard will collect gently used household items to donate to House2Homes from the GAP Ministry. The items will be given to families who need them.

Art show entries are due by Nov. 15 and can be submitted to Kim Farson, who can be reached at 321-848-2387 or 

Students who submit an entry will receive a free ticket to the show and the first parent or guardian receives a ticket at 50 percent off. General admission tickets are $10.

Contest entrants must claim their free ticket and all others can buy them at

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