Sponsored by 5Gyres with the SS Palo Alto Project/ ArtDialogue

Contest for 6‐12th grade students
Began: November 1, 2013; Ends:  January 15, 2014.
Final selections announced January 30, 2014

Plastic pollution is a global problem, trashing our rivers and oceans, harming animals, and possibly even threatening our health. To that end, we are looking for creative young people and imaginative K‐5th grade students across California, to create a 2‐dimensional work of art that demonstrates a solution to solving plastic pollution. All two dimensional media are welcomed: photographs, paintings, drawings, graphics.

6‐12th grade students are called upon to submit ideas, in essay form, of how their school community could reduce plastic waste. All images as well as the essays must be submitted in pdf format to info@5gyres or sent by post to address indicated below. 5Gyres is a non‐profit organization dedicated to ending plastic pollution. Their mission is to conduct research and communicate about the global impact of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans and employ strategies to eliminate the accumulation of plastic pollution in the 5 subtropical gyres. See more information at www.5Gyres.org.

ArtDialogue builds cultural discourse with the public by way of experiential learning
through creativity, nature and social practice (www.art‐dialogue.org). We run summer programs for youth at the ArtMill Center for Sustainable Creativity in the Czech Republic. The SS Palo Alto Project is a long‐term ocean and art awareness initiative based in California’s Monterey Bay, connecting human consumption issues to the health of our world’s seas.

Both 5Gyres and ArtDialogue participate in Safe Planet: the United Nations Campaign for Responsibility on Hazardous Chemicals and Wastes (http://SafePla.net) to raise awareness among Youth about climate change, toxic pollution and the growing chemical Body Burden endemic to our society. We are actively engaging Youth in working towards creative solutions for eliminating the many hazards present in our daily environment.

Additional information about the contest can be viewed by clicking on this link.