Teaching the Teachers: Reclaim/Recycle/Reimagine Workshop

When WhyArts artists Tom McLaughlin and Bill Hoover see a pile of junk, they automatically visualize a host of raw materials they can use to create art.

The duo recently helped site directors from Collective For Youth learn to see the treasure that can be found in trash at Reclaim/Recycle/Reimagine, a WhyArts workshop. The event was held Oct. 16 at Gotta Be Me, a WhyArts community partner that promotes the inclusion of adults with disabilities into our communities.

During the half-day workshop, participants were asked to manipulate and transform common household and everyday items into works of art. They also discussed the benefits of engaging students in imaginative activities and left with a toolkit full of ideas as well as a starter “junk” bag.

Collective For Youth – a WhyArts community partner – advocates for, facilitates resources and provides quality training for out of school time program providers. For more information, visit www.collectiveforyouth.org.