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Trashy creations help Roseville art organization

reCREATE needs money to replace aging truck
By: Sena Christian, The Press Tribune
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ReCREATE's inaugural Junk 2 Genius team art competition May 3 raised about $3,000 for the Roseville-based nonprofit organization - but fell short of the goal needed to replace its aging truck.

They still need $7,000 to buy a new vehicle. Staff and volunteers currently drive around in a 22-year-old truck.

They stock the car full of unwanted, clean materials donated from businesses and drive to schools, festivals and other locations throughout western Placer County and Sacramento to lead arts and crafts workshops for kids.

"(On Wednesday), we were out at a less fortunate school and we got the honor of opening their eyes to the possibilities of art through reuse," said Executive Director Donna Sangwin. "They realized they don't need fancy supplies to get creative. It's always humbling to me when I have the opportunity to help open an avenue for creativity for a child."

The reCREATE Eco-Art Center on Washington Boulevard serves thousands of local children annually, Sangwin said. She estimates her organization diverted more than 75 tons of waste from entering the waste stream last year alone.

They do this all on a budget of about $100,000, which makes fundraisers critical. About 175 people attended Junk 2 Genius and nine teams competed, with Williams + Patton Architects creating the winning sculpture of a tricycle.

To make a tax-deductible donation to reCREATE, call (916) 749-3717 or visit www.recreate.org.

Sena Christian can be reached at senac@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow her on Twitter at SenaC_RsvPT.