El Dorado High School students and their art teacher continue to raise awareness about environmental conservation through their community project, It’s Your World, and the art contest and exhibit Metamorphosis: Art to Treasure II.
It’s Your World, now a non-profit organization, allows students, community members and local organizations to take part in desert clean ups to turn the trash into art. The group gathered with students, parents, teachers and community members at the El Paso Museum of Art to exhibit the more than 450 pieces of art work made from recycled material, recently.
“We have seen a great response from the community,” Printz said. “People are making art work, the desert is being cleaned up and animals are being helped. Although we have different agendas, we work together to become stronger to make a difference in our community.”
“This is an amazing art contest,” said Kaylee Estrada, senior at Americas High School. “It’s great to give back to the community in this manner. This is our home town, and we want to make sure that it is here for generations to come.”
In addition to viewing beautiful art work, guests also learned how to properly recycle. It’s Your World members also gave attendees an aluminum straw that is durable and eco-friendly.
“Experts predict there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2025,” Printz said. “If straws and plastic forks don’t get recycled they will end up in the landfill where it will take them more than 400 years to break down into the environment.”
Thanks to the progressive efforts of El Dorado students and their teacher, community members are being conscious about every-day practices.
“Making people become more aware about how we affect the world through our art has been a great experience,” said Rodolfo Gonzalez, senior at El Dorado High School. “I’ve definitely learned a lot in this project.”
Administrators at El Dorado say they were proud to see the accumulation of a years’ worth of work at the exhibit.
“I am proud of our students for hosting this for a second year,” said Lorena Sandoval, an assistant principal at El Dorado High School. “They work tirelessly for our school and for our environment.”
The exhibit was on display from April 21 through May 13. Proceeds from the art sales went to the Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition and MuttLove organizations.