The Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH) and the Eastside High School Art Department have teamed up to launch a month-long project called Wasteland: Turning Illegally Dumped Waste into Art, the first project of the Green MOAH Initiative. The Green MOAH Initiative is MOAH’s newest public engagement program that utilizes art and environmental education as a creative catalyst for living greener, more sustainable lives.
The goal of Wasteland is to teach—through hands-on art projects—as many students and community members as possible about the effects of illegal dumping on our beautiful desert ecosystem. 660 visual and performing art students will help clean up illegal dumpsites in our community while using found objects collected from the dumpsites to create works of recycled art. The artwork will be unveiled at the Eastside High School’s Annual Arts Showcase followed by a showing on the MOAH roof deck as part of the next museum-wide exhibit called: BLOOM 2013 in celebration of flowers and spring time and the one-year anniversary of the opening of MOAH on the BLVD. Students will not only help clean up illegal dumpsites and create works of recycled art based on the flower theme, they will craft a documentary film on the entire month-long Wasteland project, design and create posters, write and recite poetry and share spoken word performances, and collaborate with other departments such as heath, mathematics, science and theatre to integrate the experience across disciplines.
The Wasteland project is generously funded by a grant from the Antelope Valley Illegal Dumping Task Force, made possible by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich’s Antelope Valley Office. Robyn Young, Eastside Art Department Chairperson and Monica Lynne Mahoney of MOAH oversee the project and are working with a dedicated team comprised of Eastside High School faculty and City of Lancaster staff from the greater Parks, Recreation and Arts Department, the Public Works Department, and the Lancaster Museum and Public Art Foundation.
Please come out and join us in celebrating art and our beautiful desert environment with this exciting new project that brings together creativity and environmental education to transform illegally dumped waste into art.