Keep Rockland Beautiful, New City, NY

On October 24, Lowe’s of Clarkstown employees assisted 5th through 7th grade students from the Martin Luther King Multi-Purpose Center in Spring Valley in the painting of 6 Artful Receptacle cans. The students sketched the can designs during a workshop at the MLK Center on October 16. KRB’s artist consultant on this project, Shirley Goebel Christie, facilitated the design workshop.

On October 27, Lowe’s of Orangeburg employees assisted a group of volunteers from Another Step of Rockland, a service organization for people with Developmental Disabilities, to paint 7 Artful Receptacles. Another Step volunteers sketched out their designs at a workshop held with Mrs. Christie on October 10. Several Lowe’s volunteers also designed and painted their own cans at this event.

Keep Rockland Beautiful, New City, New York

On October 24th, Lowe’s of Clarkstown employees assisted 5th through 7th grade students from the Martin Luther King Multi-Purpose Center in Spring Valley in the painting of 6 Artful Receptacle cans. The students have sketched the can designs during a workshop at the MLK Center on October 16th. KRB’s artist consultant on this project, Shirley Goebel Christie, facilitated the design workshop.

On October 27th, Lowe’s of Orangeburg employees will assist a group of volunteers from Another Step of Rockland, a service organization for people with Developmental Disabilities, to paint 6-10 Artful Receptacles. Another Step volunteers have sketched out their designs at a workshop held with Mrs. Christie on October 10th. Several Lowe’s volunteers will also be designing and painting their own cans at this event.

Seattle Works, Seattle, WA

In partnership with Keep America Beautiful and Bud Light, Seattle Works threw a mural painting party in Seattle’s historic International District on July 19! Over 40 volunteers came out on Saturday to help revitalize a neglected, but heavily-trafficked block in the busy neighborhood.

We worked with Urban ArtWorks and local artist Jonathan Fischer to create the mural, titled “Eternal Spring.” The design was inspired by the joy Seattle’s famous cherry blossoms bring to the city each Spring — the promise that a long, grey winter is over and summer is on its way. Volunteers worked with the artist to use a combination of rollers, brushes, stencils and spray paint to create an explosion of color that spanned most of the block. As we worked, neighbors honked their horns in support, cheered, dealt out many thumbs-ups and even wandered over to shake volunteers’ hands and thank them for their work. We even made it into the Seattle Times.

We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with KAB to bring such a fantastic gift to a busy part of our city!

Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful, Reno, NV

Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful (KTMB) staff is so excited to be involved with the University of Nevada, Reno’s Summer of Sustainability, put on by the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center and Office of Undergraduate and Interdisciplinary Research: Academy for the Environment.

The summer activities center around Reused + Recycled = Art, an incredible show of recycled art from community artists — including some incredibly talented high school and college students — and anchored by plastic-debris art from nationally known ocean researcher Bonnie Monteleone of the Plastic Ocean Project.

Wherever Bonnie takes her art, she tries to do a cleanup in the area, and that’s where KTMB came in! UNR students and staff joined Bonnie at Rock Park in Sparks, NV, on June 12 to kick off the Summer of Sustainability activities with a river and park cleanup. Because Rock Park was heavily used over the Fourth of July weekend, Reused Recycled Art volunteers’ work was much appreciated. We also cleared weeds, spread mulch and our volunteers spread out along the river to clean up Gateway Park as well.

And we got a special surprise: About a week before the Summer of Sustainability cleanup, Corina from KIND Healthy Grains emailed to say she noticed we were having a cleanup and, since she’d be in the area, could she bring us some bars for our volunteers? WOW! The volunteers loved the bars (and Deanna’s watermelon, yum!), and we gathered up about 45 bags of micro-trash (the “big” item of the day was drink-box straw wrappers — hang on to those, people!) and weeds from Rock Park.

Reused + Recycled = Art officially opened on July 13. It’s an amazing show for adults and kids alike. From high-fashion wearable art to huge cardboard dinosaurs, this show has something for everyone and is a truly fascinating look at what we can do with “trash.” Videos about the art and trash, including Incline High School’s Plastic Footprint (included in the show) and KTMB’s Waste Warriors video, are included.

The show opened with an amazing presentation by Bonnie Monteleone, detailing her travels around the world and what she’s found in the oceans she’s studied — in a word: plastic. Bonnie gave the audience many reasons to care about the problem of all this plastic in the ocean, but also careful to give us many everyday ways to mitigate the problem and much hope for the future if we act now.

More activities are planned throughout the summer, and the art show will be on display until the end of September.

Keep Guntersville Beautiful, AL

Keep Guntersville Beautiful partnered with the Mountain Valley Arts Council to host a photography exhibit called “Guntersville EXPOSED: Images of Our Dirty Little Secret”. The exhibit featured images made by local professional and amateur photographers and public officials. It showcased both the community’s scenic wonders contrasted with unsightly pictures documenting the harmful impact of litter. The exhibit had 350 in-person guests and almost 800 visitors to the on-line gallery. It was so well-received that our local schools adopted the exhibit as a virtual field trip for E-learning Day. This exhibit is credited with significantly raising public awareness about litter and bringing out record of numbers of volunteers for our Great American Cleanup and beautification events.

Keep Los Angeles Beautiful, CA

On May 15, more than 4,000 students, teachers and community volunteers gathered on Los Angeles’s Dockweiler State Beach to take part in the 21st annual Kids Ocean Day Adopt-A-Beach Cleanup Day. Throughout the entire school year, the Malibu Foundation for Environmental Education taught students about the impact litter has on the ocean, the shoreline, and marine life. Students ages 8-13 learned about the importance of a clean, healthy environment and the lesson culminated in a fun school-wide cleanup day!

The volunteers spent the morning picking up trash, paper, plastic and cigarette butts from the state beach. They also took part in a long-standing tradition of creating aerial artwork to spell out an environmental design or phrase. This year’s phrase, “Clean Me Up :)” was a text-message-like-design sent from the ocean to raise awareness about the severe marine litter problem. The message reminded local Los Angeles residents to clean up their trash and litter to beautify the beach and sustain the ocean.

The event was an excellent start to the beautiful summer season ahead. Sponsors included the Malibu Foundation for Environmental Education, the California Coastal Commission, the City of Los Angeles, Spectral Q and Keep Los Angeles Beautiful. The participating organizations plan to continue the cleanup day for many years to come because it is a great way to get young students engaged and excited about their environmental impact. Thank you Los Angeles Unified School District for keeping your city’s beaches and oceans beautiful!