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 Students’ Recycled Art Displayed in Museum

More than 100 students from throughout the county will have their artwork displayed at the San Diego Art Institute museum in Balboa Park beginning June 13 as part of the Dare to Reuse Art Contest.

All of the art was created with garbage by students in grades 3 through 12 in an effort to encourage them to reduce, reuse and recycle.

The contest is a collaboration between The City of San Diego Environmental Services Department  and the San Diego County of Education (SDCOE). It started out as an exhibition for adults to create art out of found objects and became a contest for children in 2011.

There were 130 students who submitted art to the contest. All of the work will be on display at the museum. In addition, judges selected 12 of those to be featured in the annual Dar​​e to Reuse Calendar which is available digitally on the Environmental Services Department webpage. 

This is the first time student art from the contest has been on display at an art museum that typically displays the work of adults. Previously, the work was shown at the New Children's Museum in downtown San Diego.

The experience will allow students to show off their work for their friends and family as well as total strangers.

"It's going to be amazing," said Janice Duvall, outdoor education​ outreach leader with SDCOE. "What a self-esteem promoter. The kids will never forget this."

The student art will be on display from June 13 to July 13, with a opening reception from 10 a.m. to noon June 14. Normal museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays.