Sunday, December 27, 2009

Trash Mash-Up Wishes you the Best in the New Year

Dear Friends,
As 2009 comes to a close, we would like to thank you for your support over the past four years. 2009 brought many amazing gifts and opportunities for Trash Mash-Up. TMU continued its fun and educational programs serving children in San Francisco’s most undeserved neighborhoods with 30 workshops, 10 exhibits and events, and 8 Mash-Up Bashes. We wanted to take this opportunity to share with you the highlights.

TMU’s “Maskostumes” were on display at the California Public Utilities Commission offices across from San Francisco City Hall. We tabled for their Environmental Awareness Day, working with 500 students in take home projects. Bridget led students from John Muir Elementary in a Mash-Up Bash that they had rehearsed in workshops she conducted.

Trash Mash-Up established new partnerships with Support for Families, Opportunity Impact, and the Whitney Young Child Development Center. Over the summer, TMU offered workshops and summer time fun for these programs.

Trash Mash-Up was thrilled to be featured at the San Francisco Green Festival. The SF Green Festival, the nation’s largest green consumer living event, is joint project of Global Exchange and Green America. The San Francisco Green Festival had more than 40,000 participants who mingled with 125 visionary speakers amidst over 350 green exhibits.

The Green Festival was just one of many extraordinary events that Trash Mash-Up participated in this fall. TMU exhibited at the Tides Momentum Leadership Conference, Independent Artists' Week Go Green Event , 10th Anniversary Expo of Independent Arts, Arts Providers Alliance of SF Arts Education Resource Fair; hosted a Mash-Up Bash at the Live Debris event in Portland, OR and the Opening of Yubisumo!; and offered workshops at the Woodstock West Festival and CommunityGrows! Halloween Bash and Christmas Celebration.

Trash Mash-Up’s very own, Bridget McCracken, was awarded the first ever, San Francisco State University Institute for Civic and Community Engagement Staff Community Engagement Award. This award was presented to Bridget, as a civic leader, to acknowledge her work with TMU.

Trash Mash-Up has also been in press lately. Associated Press picked up the TMU story in the Morning Sun and was featured in papers like the Chicago Tribune and USA Today. Fake Plastic Fish and Everyday Trash, two environmental bloggers have posted about us. We are thrilled to have such great supporters who continue to spread the good word about TMU.

We look forward to continuing our urban tradition where others are inspired to see each other and our environment in a new way. We are so pleased with the success of Trash Mash-Up. Each year we strengthen our mission to enrich our community by developing creative connections through workshops and performances. We hope that through our actions people are inspired to not only use less and reuse more but to also find their own way to become engaged in their community. Thank you for your support.

Best Wishes and Happy New Year!!
Bridget & Jessie McCracken