Trash Mash-Up’s (TMU) be featured in San Francisco Carnaval 2011 on Sunday, May 29 in the Streets of the Mission District. Beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the corner of 24th and Bryant streets, the parade will proceed west to Mission Street. From there, the parade heads north on Mission down to 17th Street, where it will turn east and flow into the festival area. TMU transforms the streets of San Francisco with a visual spectacle made of music, movement, and “Maskostumes”. Spectators enjoy works of art created from things disregarded by one person and then given new life through another’s imagination. With trash bag boas and bottle-cap chain mail, Trash Mash-Up builds creative connections and raises environmental awareness throughout our community as a new urban tradition is fostered.
One of the city’s most spectacular traditions, San Francisco Carnaval showcases the very best of Latin American and Caribbean cultures and traditions with a diverse array of food, music, dance and artistry. The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend. Acting as this year’s Grand Marshal of the San Francisco Carnaval Grand Parade is famed actor, film director and political activist Danny Glover. The 2011 Grand Parade will feature a very special appearance of the San Francisco Giants’ 2010 World Series trophy accompanied by the Giants’ mascot Lou Seal.
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 San Francisco Carnaval. They include the Whitney Young Performing Arts Dancers and the Abraham Lincoln High School Drama Club and Green Academy on SF Carnaval. This is the second year that TMU, WYPA and ALHS have collaborated together with TMU for SF Carnaval. Trash Mash-Up has also partnered with Recology for the third year on SF Carnaval. Recology is a private, 100% employee-owned resource recovery company based on the West Coast emphasizing recycling to reduce consumption of virgin materials who pioneered the first curbside compost program in the U.S. TMU parades with Recology’s Drill Team and Artist In Residence Program.
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. TMU enriches our community by developing creative connections amongst the participants in addition to raising awareness about cultural traditions and environmental issues. This project reduces waste and inspires people to see each other and our environment in a new way.
The founding members of Trash Mash-Up are a sister team, Bridget and Jessica McCracken, who both graduated from the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre and San Francisco State University. Drawing from their talent for creating original theatrical productions and their commitment to serving the larger community, TMU is a socially and environmentally conscious art project. TMU shares cultural traditions with diverse communities in public performances and workshops. Reducing waste by using trash to make art, TMU reminds all of San Francisco that one person’s trash could become an entire city’s treasure.