Friday, May 14, 2010

TMU kicks off the summer with San Francisco Carnaval

Dear Friends,
As the April showers bring May flowers Trash Mash-Up is excited to hit the parks and take back our city’s public spaces for community events. The mission of Trash Mash-Up is to offer quality arts program in a community of need. Through creative reuse and multi-cultural education, TMU strives to encourage local youth in an eco-friendly life style that celebrates cultural diversity. Trash Mash-Up acts as a catalyst to unify a community and supports our neighborhood centers with quality arts programming.

We are pleased to announce these up and coming workshops:
SF Public Library Bernal Heights Branch on 5/22 and 8/23 from 1:00-2:30pm
SF Public Library Western Addition Branch on 7/17 and 7/31; 8/14 and 8/28 from 2-4pm
Hamilton Recreation Center, Western Addition on 7/23 and 7/30 from 3:30-5
Stern Grove Music Festival on August 1st from Noon-1pm

We spend the year hosting workshops where we create “Maskostumes” with local youth and then exhibit these pieces in community events. A true cross-section of local residents come together in shared arts experience at Trash Mash-Up’s “Mash-Up Bashes”. Transforming parks and city squares with a visual spectacle made of music, movement, and “Maskostumes”, spectators enjoy works of art created from things discarded by one person and given new life through another’s imagination. Through workshops and public performances, Trash Mash-Up encourages people to feel connected to one another, to be proud of their creative achievements, and to be responsible for their environment.

We are excited about two up coming “Mash-Up Bashes”:
San Francisco Carnaval, Sunday, May 30th
And TMU’s “Mash-Up Bash” Kimball Playground, Western Addition Sunday, September 19th

As one of the city’s most spectacular traditions, San Francisco Carnaval showcases the very best of Latin American and Caribbean cultures and traditions with a diverse array of food, music, dance and artistry, including works created by the talented community of Mission District residents and Bay Area artists. This year, TMU has partnered with Abraham Lincol High School Drama Club; the Whitney Young Child Development Center Bay View Site Dancers and Recology, formerly Norcal Waste Systems. This event is guaranteed fun and excitement.

Save the date for the September 19th “Mash-Up Bash”, it will be a true celebration. Bridget and I created TMU five years ago and have been offering quality arts programming in neighborhood centers and schools ever since. We look forward to gathering our TMU partners and participants for a wonderful afternoon.

TMU is always in need of volunteers. Individuals who are interested in participating in workshops and parades should contact us by email at

Another way to support Trash Mash-Up and show your TMU pride is by purchasing a one-of-a-kind shirts, originally designed and silk screened by TMU’s own Jessie McCracken! TMU’s boutique is full of colorful, gently used T-shirts of all sizes. The T-shirts are $15-$20, sliding scale plus shipping and handling. Saving the world never looked so good! Send TMU an email with your size request.

Trash Mash-Up would like to share with you our great accolades in the press. TMU was featured in Japan's Sotokoto Magazine The article features international nonprofits that are changing the world. We are proud to be in company of such great people making change in their communities. TMU featured as an emerging nonprofit in the San Francisco Examiner . We are so pleased to be recognized in the Bay Area as a nonprofit to watch. We hope you will continue to support Trash Mash-Up as we grow and thrive.

Bridget and Jessie McCracken
Managing and Artistic Directors