tmu_1The arts have the ability to build community by celebrating self expression, diversity, and shared connections. Through creative reuse and multi-cultural education, TMU strives to encourage local youth in an eco-friendly life style that celebrates cultural diversity.  Trash Mash-Up acts as a catalyst to unify a community and supports our neighborhood centers with quality arts programming.  Trash Mash-Up was developed as a means to educate, inspire, and create social change.  By partnering with local organizations we spread our message of creative reuse to the widest possible audience.  Together, we can inspire others to find new ways with old objects.

TMU is thrilled to be mashing it up at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts during this month’s installation of YBCA:ConVerge on Thursday, October 17.  Participants will create their own trash couture to wear to Project Nunway V on Sat, November 2!  Also at this event: FACES SF Dancers perform Thriller! Trash Mash-Up has been collaboration with FACES SF dancers and they will perform dance pieces, which they have created their costumes with TMU.

Trash Mash-Up is returning to the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival annual Halloween Hoopla features interactive performances and games for kids under 10 and their adults. The program culminates in the eagerly awaited Halloween Costume Parade, where everyone shows off their Halloween finery.  This fun and free event is on Sunday, October 27.

Trash Mash-Up is a featured designer for Project Nunway V: Dissident Futures on Saturday, November 2, at 8 PM, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.  San Francisco’s preeminent Order of irreverently irreligious nuns returns to YBCA for a spectacular extravaganza of the haute-est couture. The Sisters turn out their best sashay and shantay, bedecked in original high-fashion looks created from recycled materials in collaboration with local designers. Futuristic fierceness is the new black this year, so bring your Big Brother because it will be a night of glamour and drama that you won’t want to miss.

TMU is happy to accept cash donations to support our Mash-Up Bashes.  Your support keeps Trash Mash-Up workshops available to the widest audience.  For information on how to give to Trash Mash-Up, please visit the Donate Now page of our website.

Another way to support Trash Mash-Up and show your TMU pride is by purchasing a one-of-a-kind poster or T-shirt, originally designed and silk screened by TMU’s own Jessie McCracken! Check out all the colors and prints on the TMU website.

TMU is always in need of volunteers. Individuals who are interested in participating in workshops and parades should contact us by email at

We hope you will continue to support Trash Mash-Up as we grow and thrive with your support!