The Louisville Zoo invites students in pre-K – grade 12 to get involved with the sixth annual Trashformation: A Trash-to-Treasure Art Contest for Students. The annual contest is part of the Zoo’s Party for the Planet: A Month-Long Celebration of the Earth powered by Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company in April.
Students are encouraged to communicate the importance of recycling and sustainability through art. Using only recyclable items, students’ art submissions should express or interpret “Reuse, Reduce and Recycle.”
Back by popular demand, the Zoo is partnering with the Louisville Orchestra’s MakingMUSIC Landfill Orchestra program sponsored by Fifth Third Bank and has a category encouraging students to create a playable musical instrument from recycled materials. Students submitting a musical instrument will be invited to participate in a jam session with their instruments led by Louisville Orchestra music director Teddy Abrams at the awards presentation press conference on March 24 at 11 a.m.
Trashformation is open to all public, private, parochial and homeschool students in preschool and grades K–12.
One winner from each category will be chosen by a panel of judges and announced at a press conference during the Earth Month kickoff celebration at the Zoo on March 24. Winners will receive a one-of-a-kind painting by one of the Zoo’s animals.
Nonmusical instrument submissions must be no larger than 12”x12”x12” if three-dimensional and weigh no more than 8 pounds with a rigid base or can be 18” x 18” if flat. All entries must be made from recyclable materials. Students must register for the contest by Feb. 26. Each student or group may enter only one project.
Visit www.louisvillezoo.org/trashformation for registration material and a full list of rules and categories.