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 www.ybgfestival.org

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.

For more information go to, https://dellarte.com/performances/showings/trash-mash-community-workshops-and-parade







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.

Trash Mash-Up is in residency for two weeks at the East Mountain High School in Sandia Park, New Mexico.  The workshops which are as an end of the year discovery experience, will tmu_36culminate in a public performance.  This residency is 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 are exploring themes of social and environmental justice through art and culture in addition to studying birds of the Southwest.  

tmu_50Trash Mash-Up is thrilled to be partnering again with Stern Grove this summer!  In the spring of 2014, Stern Grove Festival kicks off Grove on the Road, a new, admission-free mobile “pop up” arts festival.  Grove on the Road brings the Festival experience directly into neighborhoods around the city. Enjoy performances by local artists, hands-on arts programs, food vendors, community information fairs, and more.

Join TMU at these upcoming Grove on the Road events:

Sunday, May 4 – Sunday Streets/Bayview
Featuring performances by:
The Family Crest at 2:30 p.m.
The Frail Ophelias & Magik*Magik String Quartet at 1:30 p.m
Other Activities:
Instrument petting zoo with Magik*Magik Orchestra
Visual arts programming with Trash Mash-Up
Photo booth

Friday, May 9 – Bryant Elementary in The Mission

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 trashmashup@gmail.com

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