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 Students Turn Waste into Art for Museum Show

​Local students will have their artwork displayed at the San Diego Art Institute museum in Balboa Park beginning May 29 as part of an environmental-themed art contest.

The pieces were created with waste by students in grades 3 through 12 for the Dare to Reuse Art Contest, a collaboration between the City of San Diego Environmental Services Department and the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE).

The contest was created to encourage children to reduce, reuse, and recycle.

Having pieces displayed in the art show will allow students to show off their work to friends and family as well as total strangers.

"What a self-esteem promoter,” said Janice Duvall, outdoor education outreach leader with SDCOE. “The kids will never forget this."

The art was selected through a competitive process. Artists featured at the museum will include students from Fusion Academy, e3 Civic High, Kearny High School of International Business, La Jolla Country Day School, Muirlands Middle School, Taft Middle School, All Hallows Academy, Boone Elementary, Holmes Elementary, Green Elementary, Del Sur Elementary, Encanto Elementary, Kate Sessions Elementary, Godfrey G. Berry Elementary, and Grant K-8 School.

The student art will be on display from May 29 to July 5, with an opening reception at 6 p.m. May 30. Normal museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Regular admission is $5.