Photos courtesy SISD
Five Socorro Independent School District students won top awards in the 2021 Trash to Treasure V citywide art contest, which drew more than 300 entries of unique artwork created from recycled materials.
The annual Trash to Treasure art contest evolved from a project started several years ago at El Dorado High School that involved students cleaning up desert areas in El Paso and recycling the trash collected into beautiful art.
The project was spearheaded by then El Dorado art teacher Candace Printz who won the Its Your World community project contest and earned a visit from Chelsea Clinton, who inspired the El Dorado and Team SISD community to continue making a difference to improve the world.
The Green Hope Project nonprofit organization, which was created to continue the Its Your World Project and focuses on environmentalism, the arts and education, sponsors the Trash to Treasure art contest.
This year, the artwork themes seen in the contest entries included immigration, women’s rights and a simple love for planes and shoes. The work featured great craftmanship and creativity.
“I am so proud of these students for making a difference in our planet through art,” said Printz, SISD assistant director of Fine Arts. “The creativity put into their projects was outstanding.”
The winners earned recognition from U.S. Congresswoman Veronica Escobar, Earthship Architect Michael Reynolds and El Paso Environmental Services Department Managing Director Ellen Smyth.
“My art piece is dedicated to my grandfather since he is one of my biggest supporters in anything I do,” said Myah Gonzalez, first place winner from Americas High School. “I am grateful for events like these, I think it’s important to take care of our environment and this contest is a great example of how we can come together to highlight that importance.”
All winning artists received a check from Green Hope Project to continue their artistic endeavors, ranging from $25-$150.
Trash to Treasure V art contest winners:
Myah Gonzalez – First place, Americas High School
Miguel Arambula – Second place, Ernesto Serna School
Melanie Cordova – First place, Desert Wind School
Mya Rodriguez-Vargas – Third place, Paso del Norte Elementary School
Zailet Medina – Green Hope Choice Award, Desert Wind School