Recycle Ann Arbor Contest

Remember all those “miscellaneous” items from your last move? The things you couldn’t quite bring yourself to toss, even though it’s unlikely you’ll ever need them again? Put them to good use and give your tween a challenge: turn that pile of weird, unloved stuff into an art object.
Recycle Ann Arbor is hosting the competition as an Earth Day reminder of the benefits of reuse, as well as the value of discarded materials. The Southeast Michigan competition will offer prizes in two categories, Artistic and Functional, with separate prizes for those age 13-17 and those over 18. Finished pieces should convey an environmental message and be no larger than 3’ x 3’ x 5’ high. A $500 grand prize will be awarded, with a first prize of $200 in each age group and for each category.

Those entering a masterpiece can find full details at, or call 734-662-6288. Those who just love to see creativity can visit the display and have a say in the winner; similar to ArtPrize, the annual Grand Rapids event, voters will help determine the winners. Competition deadline is Friday, April 12. Art viewing and voting is Monday, April 22 through Friday, May 3. Recycle Ann Arbor Reuse Center, 2420 S. Industrial Highway. 734-662-6288. —NB