Artspace in Raleigh, NC, and Wake County’s 86it Anti-Litter Movement have partnered together for “Respect the Can-vas,” a campaign in which nine professional artists will each paint and create their own industrial trash can-vas. Participating artists include Mathew Curran, David Eichenberger, Paul Friedrich, Andre Leon Gray, Eric McRay, Keith Norval, Casey Porn, Pete Sack, and Garrett Scales. The trashcans they create will be functional pieces of art designed to entice people to 86 – or throw away – their trash.
The objectives of the Respect the Can-vas project are to make people knowledgeable of litter and its impact on the community, entice people to 86 their trash, and align the movement with the arts to remind people that getting rid of litter makes the community more beautiful.
Mary Poole, Executive Director of Artspace, spoke about the organization’s involvement, saying, “I’m so pleased that Artspace can partner with the 86it Anti-Litter Movement. Not only do we want to leverage the arts to inspire the community to get involved in preserving the County’s landscape, but we are always excited to promote the exceptional artistic talent that the County has to offer, including student talent.”
Respect the Can-vas trashcans will be unveiled at the 2011 Artsplosure Festival on Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22, 2011, at Moore Square in downtown Raleigh. The cans will then go on display as a functional exhibit throughout Wake County.
In 2008, the Wake County Board of Commissioners adopted a goal to address roadside litter in Wake County, NC. Wake County Environmental Services launched the 86it Anti-Litter Movement in January 2011 to thoughtfully engage citizen participation and support for a litter-free Wake County. Learn more about the movement and how to become an 86er by visiting (http://www.86it.com).
Artspace is a nonprofit visual art center dedicated to providing arts education and community outreach programs, creating an environment of more than 100 professional artists and presenting nationally acclaimed exhibitions. Located in downtown Raleigh in the historic Sanders Ford building, Artspace has been providing the community with the opportunity to interact with working artists and to participate in hands-on arts education since 1986.
For more information about Artspace, exhibitions, or membership, visit (www.artspacenc.org).