Washed Ashore: Recycled Art Project

is a collaborative art project intended to raise awareness of the problem of shoreline pollution and celebrate the people who are working together to make a difference.

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The WASHED ASHORE PROJECT was developed through a partnership with RWA youth from the Rockaways and artists from the Rockaway Beach Surf Club. RWA conducted regular coastal clean ups with youth so the two groups came together to collaborate on using shoreline debris to create large scale murals.

In 2012, RWA and RBSC presented an extraordinary exhibit of work made by the artists and local youth who had collected all of the plastics and debris off the Rockaway shore. Later that spring the murals were exhibited at the Queens Museum of Art. 

As a result of the attention it drew, RWA students elected to continue these efforts through school workshops intended to raise awareness amongst other school children about ways to reduce, reuse and recycle shoreline debris.

In June 2016, RWA will be exhibiting the work of hundreds of young people and schools that have participated in this project at the RISE Center at Firehouse 59. This will be our inaugural exhibit for the RISE Center and is important that it supports our mission to actively engage the community in raising awareness and appreciation of the natural environment.

This spring RWA is hosting a Living Classroom workshop series to involve more New York City schools in creating murals and art to be exhibited at the Washed Ashore Exhibition in June.

Any schools interested in having an RWA educator come to host a Washed Shore Workshop at their school or participate in a community clean up are encouraged to contact Outreach Associate Judah Asimov at: jasimov@rwalliance.org

The Living Classroom Program is supported by the "Greener NYC Initiative" sponsored by Councilman Donovan Richards and The NYC City Council.

Success Stories:

Meet Gale

Gale is the parent of two elementary school children who have taken part in the RWA Aqua 101 Summer Program for three consecutive years. Gale has seen a real impact on her children's lives through RWA programs. Hear more about Gale's story.