As 2012 begins, we mark Trash Mash-Up’s successful completion of its’ fifth year as a community based arts non-profit. It is a great time to reflect on how far we have come together and to highlight this year’s accomplishments. We also look forward to another successful and engaging year to come.

TMU continued its fun and educational programs serving children in San Francisco’s most undeserved neighborhoods in 2010 by hosting 32 workshops with 10,000 participants, 7 exhibits and conferences, 8 Mash-Up Bashes and 15 published print and blog articles. TMU also launched a new website with a short feature film. Trash Mash-Up’s mission to reduce waste and inspire people to see each other and our environment in a new way still holds importance in our communities.

TMU is grateful to all of the awesome bloggers who featured TMU in 2011 like Green Halloween; Pacific Patch; EcoArtWare;  TreeHugger; Everyday Trash; and Urban Life/Cycle.  TMU’s own Bridget McCracken was interviewed by Don Sanchez from ABC 7.

TMU was also involved is great events like the Yerba Buena Festival Gardern’s Halloween Hoopla, the San Francisco Green Festival, Independent Artist Week, Fillmore Art Walk, CityCar Share 10 Anniversary Party, and San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers After Hours Mash Up for the SF Marathon.

TMU mashed it up at the Mo’Magic Youth Showcase, Western Addition’s National Night Out Event, Carnaval San Francisco, Whitney Young Child Development Center and Women in Need In New York City.

As we begin 2012, TMU hopes to inspire others to find new ways with old objects and to discover ways in which each of us can engage in community service. There are a multitude of ways in which you to can be a part of this urban tradition. Purchasing TMU’s T-shirts and posters is a great way to enjoy one of a kind art pieces while supporting TMU’s mission. Please ‘like’ us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. We have more information on how to get involved at TMU’s website, www.trashmashup.org. With your support, we are able to create laughter and art while inspiring others to use less and reuse more.

TMU simply cannot exist without your support. Thank you for your support and ensuring many more students will have the unique opportunity to experience Trash Mash-Up in the future.

Best Wishes and Happy New Year!!
Bridget & Jessie McCracken