Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Trash Mash-Up Looking Forward to 2011 and Back on 2010

As 2010 comes to a close, we would like to thank our supporters who have encouraged us over the past five years. 2010 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 by hosting 28 workshops with 4,500 participants total, 6 exhibits and conferences, and 5 Mash-Up Bashes. We wanted to take this opportunity to share with you the highlights.
  • TMU’s “Maskostumes” were on display at the Sustainability Education: Connecting Art, Science, and Design Seminar at the Center for Ecoliteracy in Berkeley, California as well as the California Public Utilities Commission.
  • Trash Mash-Up was thrilled to be featured again 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.
  • TMU connected with thousands at the exciting events of 2010. TMU performed for 250,000 specators in the street of the Mission District at Carnaval SF.
  • At Stern Grove Festival, Michael Franti’s Power to the Peaceful Family Matinee and the Mill Valley Film Festival, TMU created new connections with families and children from the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • TMU also returned to the location of its first Mash-Up Bash four years ago at the Raymond Kimbell Athletic Field. The athletic field had been renovated by City Fields Foundation and its Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was in conjunction with Sunday Streets.
  • Trash Mash-Up deepened it partnership with the San Francisco Public Library. TMU offered seven workshops at three different branches over the course of the year.
  • TMU also continued its partnership with Mo’Magic, CommunityGrows!, and the Whitney Young Child Development Center.

Trash Mash-Up has also been in press 2010.
We are thrilled to have such great supporters who continue to spread the good word about TMU.
  • TMU was featured in the Japanese magazine, Sotokoto, one of thirteen international organizations improving the world.
  • TMU was featured in San Francisco location publications, the SF Chronicle, SF Examiner and the SF Weekly.
  • TMU was also featured on The Plastiki Blog, which covered the story of the boat made of 12,500 plastic PET bottles, which sailed from San Francisco to Sydney, in order to raise awareness of plastic pollution.

We look forward to continuing our urban tradition where others are inspired to see each other and our environment in a new way. 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.

We all understand the importance of learning thought the arts, and the confidence built from making something with our hands. Unfortunately, we are also aware of the crippling effect of State budget cuts on our public schools and nonprofit service organizations. TMU keeps the cost per workshop low to reach as many students and community partners as possible and looks to match the workshop fee with donations from our supporters. Every dollar you donate to Trash Mash-Up has an immediate and direct impact on our ability to keep producing workshops, exhibits and Mash-Up Bashes. Please consider making any size donation to Trash Mash-Up.

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

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