tmuTrash Mash-Up (TMU) will be featured in Carnaval San Francisco 2018 Grand Parade on Sunday, May 27, 2018 in the Streets of the Mission District.  One of the city’s most spectacular traditions, celebrating its 40th Anniversary, the Carnaval San Francisco Grand Parade features more than 50 community arts and school contingents representing the cultural heritages of Brazil, Mexico, Panama, Bolivia, Cuba, Peru, Puerto Rico, Nicaragua, Columbia, Trinidad, Africa, Guatemala, El Salvador, and more. The festival, which spans Memorial Day weekend, will feature performances by a variety of community artists on several stages. 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.  This year, TMU has partnered with Ruth’s Table at Bethany Center Senior Housing and San Francisco Community Center.

Trash Mash-Up is a collaborative community art project. Using disposable materials, collected before they enter the waste stream, participants construct “Maskostumes” which are original pageant masks and costumes inspired by traditions from around the world.  Community members have the opportunity to create these “Maskostumes” in free workshop hosted at Ruth’s Table.  The workshops are offered on the following Saturdays from 2:00–4:00pm and all are welcome:  March 24, March 31, April 14 and May 5.


Screen Shot 2018-02-12 at 3.08.21 PMTrash Mash-Up’s Artistic Director, Jessica McCracken is featured in LeadingAge California Magazine: Women’s Edition.  Their first “Women’s Issue” explores a range of factors contributing to the touch financial challenges many women approaching retirement face.  LeadingAge California highlights the great work of women in senior communities are doing.  They feature Jessica in her role as Vice President of Programming and Development for Ruth’s Table, the creative wellness program at Bethany Center Senior Housing.  For the article, go to page 16.

2017-Halloween-frontTMU is thrilled to be apart of the Yerba Buena Garden Festival 17th annual Halloween Hoopla features interactive performances and games for kids under 10 and their adults, and the return of the Yerba Buena Pumpkin Patch!

Led by the ever-popular Unique Derique, the program features live music from Chelle! & Friends, roaming shenanigans from the Pi Clowns, mysterious palm reader Madam Z, and craft with Trash Mash-Up and Children’s Creativity Museum. Compete in the annual Mummy Wrap! Vote for your favorite pumpkin of the Yerba Buena Pumpkin Patch, with entries from: Yerba Buena Community Benefit District, Children’s Creativity Museum, YBCA, MoAD, Moscone Center, B Restaurant and Bar San Francisco, Yerba Buena Gardens Management, California Historical Society, Yerba Buena Ice Skating and Bowling Center, Brava Theatre, Metreon, South of Market Child Care, Samovar Tea Lounge. Remember to take a photo at the Hoopla Photo Spot! The program culminates in the eagerly-awaited Halloween Costume Parade, where everyone is welcome to show off their Halloween finery.

The Halloween Hoopla will be on Sunday, October 29 from noon-2pm.  This is a fun and free event!

Part of YBG Festival’s Children’s Garden series for information, visit

from shadowsTrash Mash-Up is thrilled to be apart of From Shadows.  premiering in mid-October at ODC Theater. Marika Brussel, producer and choreographer, takes a deep dive into the issue of homelessness. Framed by a two-scene, narrative arc, the ballet follows the protagonist, a young girl, whom the viewer first sees in a happy, secure family setting. Yet, beneath this seemingly normal picture, the dark pull of addiction looms. A blackout indicates the passage of time, and in the following scene, the same girl, years later, searches for her father in a gritty urban environment. As she encounters people in difficult and seemingly hopeless circumstances, she confronts her assumptions and fears, develops empathy and demonstrates the human capacity to change.

For more, check out the articles in the SF Chronicle and SF/ARTS.



danaTrash Mash-Up has paired up with Sister Dana Van Iquity for the 8th annual Project Nunway fundraising fashion show featuring the San Francisco Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence will be held at SOMArts on Saturday, August 19th. Each year, talented fashion designers are paired up with some very special models – the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence – to create outstanding runway looks using recycled and innovative materials.

Project Nunway challenges the designers to create outrageous fashion based on a theme. The theme for this year is “Sinfinity”, which plays with the idea of sci-fi extravaganza, intergalactic sinful adventures, unknown territories in a queer outer space and cosmic glamour!

This year’s beneficiary is El/La Para TransLatinas, an organization for transgender Latinas that works to build collective vision and action to promote survival and improve the quality of life of transgender people in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The event also features a silent auction with items ranging from tickets to classic San Francisco events to some very desirable products and services from local merchants and artists. The show also features special guest judges and audience participation!

halloween-hoopla-2016TMU is thrilled to be apart of the Yerba Buena Garden Festival 16th annual Halloween Hoopla features interactive performances and games for kids under 10 and their adults, and the return of the Yerba Buena Pumpkin Patch! The program culminates in the eagerly awaited Halloween Costume Parade, where everyone is welcome to show off their Halloween finery.

The Unique Derique
Venezuelan Music Project
Chiquy Boom!
Trash Mash-Up
Madam Z

Due to rain over Halloween Weekend, this program has been rescheduled for Saturday, November 5, 2016, Noon-2pm.

Part of YBG Festival’s Children’s Garden series for information, visit

TMU’s own, Jessie McCracken, celebrates one year of, Creative Aging SF, a collective of this working in the fields co/create with Rachel Main, a family support coordinator for the Alzheimer’s Association.  Today there are 70 members spanning theater, dance, art, even medical clowning, along with national aging experts like Dr. Bruce Miller, who directs the UC San Francisco Memory and Aging Center.

Until the alliance took shape, each organization toiled largely alone. Separately, they eyed the coming “silver tsunami” of older adults – one in five Californians will be over 65 by 2030 – who offer a very different perspective on aging than those from previous generations. They are engaged, active, even rebellious.

Creative efforts not only inspire older adults, but also family members, home caregivers, and staff members at adult day and long-term care facilities. Facilities with creative arts programs retain staff members longer by creating a more positive environment.

To read more, check out this article in California Health Report.

jessJessica McCracken, Trash Mash-Up’s Artistic Director, will be presenting at the National Center for Creative Aging’s annual conference this weekend. THE CREATIVE AGE Global Perspectives on Creativity & Aging is an international convening and idea exchange for the burgeoning field of creative aging. This dynamic constellation of events welcomes the world to Washington DC during one of the most beautiful seasons of the year. With special emphasis on Age Friendly Cities, Global Brain Health, and Creative Caregiving the keynotes, plenary sessions, presentations, professional development and social and networking events.

This year more than 350 attendees from 5 continents and the Americas will experience collaboration, state-of-the-art innovation, practical capacity-building, breathtaking art making and performances, and rare opportunities to connect and learn from leading-edge peers and colleagues from five continents and across the Americas. With continued emphasis on the Practice, the Research, and the Business of creative aging the 2016 event builds upon successes of the 2014 and 2015 events.

Trash Mash-Up has partnered with the San Diego Art Institute (SDAI) and their Summer Camp Youth Program. SDAI has collaborated with local artists, arts organizations, and educators to provide three weeks of innovative and engaging summer camps in 2016.  SDAI’s mission is to broaden and continue the support of the visual arts through exhibition, education, and outreach. Their ongoing dedication is carried out through a range of innovative programs that respond to the needs of our communities, and by forging partnerships with our local and global community.

TMU Campers will learn about indigenous cultures and conservation by studying how to make ceremonial costumes from our non-recyclable waste materials. The camp will further celebrate diversity and raise environmental awareness by showing off the fruits of their labor in a raucous parade through the center of Balboa Park on Friday, July 22, 2016.

ImageTrash Mash-Up’s workshops will culminate by mashing it up at Blue Lake’s Annual Annie and Mary Day Parade. Trash Mash-Up and Dell’Arte invites the public to join their contingent in the Annie and Mary Day Parade on July 13. Attend a TMU workshop at Dell’Arte’s new tent on Thursday and Friday, July 10 and 11 from  5:00–7:30pm and on Saturday, July 12 from 11:00am–1:30pm and create your costume to wear in the parade. The workshops and parade are free and the public is encouraged to attend.

Both Bridget and Jessie are Dell’Arte alumni and former Company members.  TMU is honored to be the recipient of the Nancy Lafranz Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded to one ensemble of Dell’Arte graduates to enable them to build a show for Dell’Arte’s annual Mad River Festival.

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