Eco-Conscious Artists from Around the Country Coming Together for 21st Annual Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival
– provided by Sarah Pierpont, Executive Director of the New Mexico Recycling Coalition
The country’s largest and oldest recycled art market, Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival, is dedicated to showcasing art created from discarded materials. This exciting weekend-long event is celebrating its 21st year in 2019 and kicks off with Friday night’s famous Trash Fashion and Costume Contest, then continues with an inspiring art market, student juried art exhibits, and make and take art activities. The event is the oldest and largest art market dedicated to recycled-material artists.
Recent events have disrupted global recycling markets, specifically China’s National Sword policy in 2018, which banned the import of scrap material from all countries. Trade wars with China have exacerbated the problem. Across the country, many recycling programs have either shut down or limited what they accept. In New Mexico, we’re lucky that our largest cities, such as Santa Fe, are dedicated to keep their recycling programs going strong, despite increased processing expenses.
Furthermore, the world is starting to wake up to the fact that recycling is not going to fix the global plastics crisis. It is not a question of improper disposal or bad management. There is simply no way that we can manage this waste, it’s not meant to be managed. There is too much of it and much of it has no value. Now, more than ever, it’s important to reduce and reuse, as well as recycle. Bearing all of this in mind, the 21st Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival will be the first Zero Waste event hosted at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center. This means that products and processes will be managed to avoid and eliminate the volume and toxicity of waste and that 90% of all material will be diverted without burning it (waste to energy, incineration) or burying it (sending it to the landfill).
The festival will achieve Zero Waste by collaborating with service providers, vendors and volunteers to ban single use items and provide reusable alternatives, use only compostable service ware, compost all food scraps and service ware, create informational signage, educate attendees on what can be recycled and composted, recycle items with the City of Santa Fe, train custodial and convention service staff on behind the scenes sorting requirements, and measure and share results.
Festival coordinator and executive director of the New Mexico Recycling Coalition, Sarah Pierpont, notes that, “Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival is the perfect event to achieve Zero Waste and to demonstrate that with a little bit of planning and forethought, other events can replicate this model.”
In addition to producing a Zero Waste event, fun Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival facts are below:
· Each year the event attracts over 3500 art-lovers from around Santa Fe, New Mexico and the region attracted by the art deals, family friendly art making activities, gallery-worthy exhibits and perfect gifts.
· Every school in Santa Fe (public and private) is invited to participate for free in the student juried art exhibits. The exhibits often correlate with a lesson plan noting the importance of recycling and reducing waste.
· The weekend event includes a gallery-style adult juried art exhibit.
· Santa Fe boasts numerous recycled-media artists that have participated in the event since its inception and are available for studio tours and interviews
· Artists travel from across the state and country to participate in the art market. Many artists make their living from selling recycled art. This show is an important economic development tool for artists.
· More than 90 artists from across New Mexico, as well as from Colorado, Illinois, California, Arizona and elsewhere offer their original pieces for sale in the Art Market.
· All art consists of a minimum of 75% recycled materials – everything from vintage kimonos turned into beautiful earrings to scrap metal sculptures. Artists successfully upcycle trash into treasure, combining recycling and innovation to show creative ways to save our resources, while making one of a kind art. The event demonstrates the resourcefulness of the artists and has grown into a powerful economic development tool for existing and emerging artists.
Friday general admission (purchased at the door) $5 and under 12 are free. The Friday night recycle fashion show is at 7pm, tickets include general admission and are $15-20 and may be purchased ahead of time (Starting in October) through www.ticketssantafe.org or by calling 988-1234. Free Saturday & Sunday. More information can be found at www.recyclesantafe.org
2019 Santa Fe Recycling Festival
Friday, November 15 – 5 PM to 9 PM
Saturday, November 16 – 9 AM to 5 PM
Sunday, November 17 – 10 AM to 5 PM
Santa Fe Community Convention Center
201 W. Marcy Street (Downtown Santa Fe)