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Trash Mash-Up was in residency for two weeks at the East Mountain High School in Sandia Park, New Mexico. The workshops were an end of the year discovery experience, which culminated in a public performance. TMU’s residency was co-sponsored by Talking Talons Youth Leadership. Talking Talons is a not-for-profit youth development organization that transforms generations of environmental leaders through experiences with nature. Students explored themes of social and environmental justice through art and culture in addition to studying birds of the Southwest.

We created an original play based on the writings from discovery including the Maskostumes which they performed in.  In addition, we:

  • Studied disposables items and their life cycle, mapping our impact on the world, with a special focus on plastic bags.
  • Explored social justice issues locally to internationally and what other young adults are doing to solve these problems.
  • Studied inaction through “Perils of Indifference” by Elie Wiesel.
  • Learned about local ornithology and were sponsored by Talking Talons. Talking Talons came to the classroom with an owl and hawk to deepen our experience with local birds.
  • Wrote and spoken poetry.
  • Traveled to the International Museum of Folk Art for a docent tour of their special exhibits.
  • Visited by Guest Artist from Albuquerque, Marya Erin Jones, founder of ABQ Zine Fest and the ABQ Zine Library, and created our one original zines.
  • Hiked every day through the school’s property observing, drawing and writing about the natural world around us.

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!

nunwayTrash Mash-Up are featured designers for Project Nunway V: Dissident Futures on Saturday, November 2, at 7 PM, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum Theatre.  San Francisco’s preeminent Order of irreverently irreligious nuns returns to YBCA for a spectacular extravaganza of thehaute-est coutureProject Nunway V: Dissident Futures brings the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence’s annual gala back to the place of its glorious birth in the grandest fashion, featuring mistresses of ceremonies Pandora Boxx, of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 2, and Sister Roma, the Grand Marshal of San Francisco Pride 2012. Bay Area funketeers, Planet Booty, will provide the soundtrack as the Sisters turn out their best sashay and shantay, bedecked in original high-fashion (and high-concept) 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, drama—and, of course, cocktails—that you won’t want to miss.

tmuTrash Mash-Up will be featured in Carnaval San Francisco 2013 on Sunday, May 26 in the Streets of the Mission District. Beginning at 10 a.m. at the corner of 24th and Bryant streets, the parade will proceed west to Mission Street. From there, the parade heads north on Mission down to 17th Street, where it will turn east and flow into the festival area.

One of the city’s most spectacular traditions, Carnaval San Francisco showcases the very best of Latin American and Caribbean cultures and traditions with a diverse array of food, music, dance and artistry. The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

Trash Mash-Up has partnered with community based organizations to create the colorful celebration mashing it up in the streets of the Mission District for Carnaval San Francisco. They include the Child and Family Empowerment Services San Francisco; the Abraham Lincoln High School Drama Club and San Francisco Creative Arts Charter School. Trash Mash-Up has also partnered with Recology for the for SF Carnaval. Recology is a private, 100% employee-owned resource recovery company based on the West Coast emphasizing recycling to reduce consumption of virgin materials who pioneered the first curbside compost program in the U.S. TMU parades with Recology’s Drill Team and Artist In Residence Program. Trash Mash-Up is a collaborative community art project.tmu2

Trash Mash-Up will be at the Stern Grove Festival on August 26, 2012.  The final band of the 75th Season is OK Go, known for their viral videos and quirky sound. Local band The Family Crest opens with an eclectic blend of indie rock and classical musicianship.  Inspired by OK Go’s videos, TMU will be creating a found object sounds scape for participants to play and experience with their musical mash-up selves.  Hope to see you at Stern Grove.

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, 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

Trash Mash-Up is looking forward to an action packed Independent Artist Week!  Sept 5–11 has awesome events highlighting the best communinty based artist in the Bay Area.  Come to the Fillmore District to check out Trash Mash-Up at these IAW events:

Monday, September 5, 2011:  LABOR OF LOVE – Kick Off! Food, Music and Fam! Fillmore Center Plaza (Fillmore & O’Farrell Street)

Live music , dance performances, live painting and vending.  Hands-on art projects for the kids hosted by Mo’ Magic and Trash Mash-Up. “Labor of Love” is a live art celebration with live performances, live painting, and art sales.  What is Labor Day without BBQ?  BBQ By: Farmer’s Block- Vegan BBQ! City Smokehouse- pulled pork sandwiches! Entertainment is free, BBQ $5- $8.
Live Music By: AhSati Nu and the Fertile Concept, Rob Young, Panopoly and Future Perfekt! Djs: Zulu Nation, DJ Delrokz and Sake One!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011: GO GREEN- Sustainable Fashion Fair (Clothing Swap) African American Art & Culture Complex

This is not your ordinary clothing swap with piles of clothes all over the place (no diss). The “Go Green” Sustainable Fashion event is for those who want to find new treasures and shed old ones. Targeted Ask: t-shirts, neckties, bow ties, scarves and Denim (shirts, pants, etc.). All clothes must be clean, fresh and folded.  Learn awesome DIY tips from the Bay Areas Best! Portion of Proceeds: “Literacy Through the Arts- Docent Program”

Friday, September 9, 2011: THE FILLMORE ART WALK Fillmore (between Post and Mc Allister)

“The Fillmore Art Walk” is a multi-location art celebration and an assortment of one-night-only pop-up galleries along Fillmore Street featuring live painting, video/DJ Showcase, live music, supplemented by food and drink specials from the restaurants and lounges along Fillmore Street.

Trash Mash-Up is enjoying a busy summer.  We are grateful to our community partners, students, and supporters for inspiring TMU to find a new way with old objects.  TMU is proud to be a part of a vibrant community of activists, artists and community organizers who believe in the power of art to build communities and bridge cultural divides.  San Francisco’s Western Addition and Bay View neighborhoods are facing an increase of violent crimes and the need has never been greater for safe, healthy and green communities.

We are so thrilled to have hosted workshops with Mo’Magic, Whitney Young Child Development Center and the San Francisco Public Library.  TMU is looking forward to our upcoming Mash-Up Bashes at the Mo’Magic Summer Learning Youth Showcase on July 29thand the Western Addition’s Annual National Night Out Party on August 2nd.  In addition, we are super excited to be mashing it up in the Bay View District of San Francisco with the Whitney Young Child Development Center as we parade through the neighborhood on August 2nd.

We look forward to continuing our urban tradition where others are inspired to see each other and our environment in a new way. Each year we strengthen our mission to enrich our community by developing creative connections through workshops and performances. We hope that through our actions, people are inspired to not only use less and reuse more but to also find their own way to become engaged in their community.

Trash Mash-Up is so pleased to be featured on Pacific Patch’s blog!  And thrilled the ReUse Connection featured the article too!

The Fillmore Art Walk kicked off
The San Francisco Jazz Festival weekend.  Trash Mash-Up is featured at the 1307 Fillmore Street Gallery.  This rotating gallery will exhibit various TMU Maskostumes through September.  TMU prints are for sale and available at the gallery.

Bridget was interviewed by Don Sanchez of KGO ABC Channel 7.  Check her show off the awesome Patterns Learned Maskostume based on a West African tradition.

The Fillmore District streets were full of art and music uniting the neighborhood for this fun and colorful event.  Trash Mash-Up tabled at the event creating eco-warrior medallions with Art Walk attendees.