2022 TEAM & REPORT
Madera E. Rogers-Henry-New Orleans Rueben Craddock-New Orleans Brian Baskin-New Orleans Rowena K. Robinson-New Orleans
Executive Dir. / Founder, Main Recycle Artist Paper Artist, Body Fabricator & Outreach Manager St. Roch Market Grant Provider, Talent & Model Coordinator
Dr. Kendra Adrus - New Orleans Folake Okunaiya - Nigeria Franziske Trautman - New Orleans Tive Ijoko-New Orleans
Rose Princess Coordinator & Queen Milliners Association of Nigeria Coordinator Co-Founder Glass Half Full Nola Support & Volunteer Plus 24 Members
Mariah Casimier - New Orleans Yolanda K. Henry - New Orleans Lois Gould - New Orleans - New Orleans Oyinlola Sale - Nigeria
Queen, Logistic Support, Chef & Welcome Elder, Welcome, Greeter & Supporter Email Coordinator, Welcome & Greeter Media & Press
Linda C. Shaw - Denver, Colorado R.E. Henry - New Orleans Labertha McCormick - New Orleans Sasha Woods-New Orleans
Online MC & Praise Poet Backstage & Set Up Logistics Elder, Poet & Supporter Youth Artist & Writer / Editor
Rev. Casimier-New Orleans System & Choir
Ahhav Casimier -New Orleans
MC & Fitness Trainer/Coach
Video: Le Bon Ton Baby Dolls, Sprit
2 Da Street-Second Line Dancers, and
J&J Brass Band.
On Earth Day April 22nd, and 23rd, 2023, located at the historic St. Roch's Market in New Orleans, Louisiana.
As a fundraiser for Literacy Project International AKA Whose Magazine? A Youth Publication, performers showcased ways that paper and other materials could be recycled into costumes. Although we had only three youth artists that worked with us over the year, for 2018-2019, forty-plus youth who were involved in the project. We are planning for 2023, to include 100 plus youth from New Orleans to Nigeria. The series served as a community outreach presented in the form of a three-day experience with a performance parade featuring queens, Rose Princesses, and hats from the Milliner's Association of Nigeria wearing paper and recycled dresses and costumes.
All intertwined with community, parents & elders, stilt walkers, children drummers, poets, and art bridging recycling, repurposing while reducing trash. Our aim is to engage the human senses - feeding the heart, mind, and soul.
It bridges the world of activism, sustainability, recycling, and art. The focus - how art can solve issues around the environment, social justice, and reducing trash pollution.
Demonstrate a new model for cleaner, greener, safer, and socially conscious events that stimulate our senses even as they challenge our perceptions. As we turn trash into art, we will also turn art into social consciousness. Most performers incorporated an aspect of recycling to repurpose into their performing attires.
* Live musical performances
* Virtual presentation features international artists who have incorporated green and
sustainable practices into their finished works of art.
* An outdoor location that supports and/or demonstrates a commitment to sustainability
* The growing awareness of the potential viability and beauty of sustainability
* On-Site glass recycling platform.
Video: Dr. Kendra Andrus in The
Sunflower Dress along with Rose Princesses
2022 OBJECTIVES ACHEIVED:
* The New Orleans community donated to date over
to THE RECYCLE CHALLENGE located at St. Roch Market. In two-days St. Roch's Market recycled 98% of glass utilized by food vendors and guests.
* Twenty-four hat makers from The Milliner's Association of Nigeria, created thirty-four hats that were
made of paper and fibers - that included fascinators, berets, and wide brims.
*From 2018 to the present, over
ten wearable art dresses have
been crafted by youth and adults alike.
Learn more about the challenge.
*Thee Church Dress
Cardboard for church
*Butterfly Skirt (waiting for report)
* Fringed Dress 75 newspaper sheets
Over 60 roses of various sizes have been made from construction paper to recycled paper
1650 lbs of glass
500 sheets of newspaper
200 magazine pages
1 to 3 boxes
30 recycled file folders
700 newspaper pages
1000 newspaper pages
Video: Mariah Casimier in Thee Church Dress, Musicians Donald Surtain Jr & Keiko, Models wearing a paper dress, elder poet, stilt walker and children drummers, and models unpacking paper hats from Nigeria
Glass Half Full Nola, Co-Owner - FOSTERS GLOBAL & COMMUNITY FOCUS & COLLABORATION AROUND RECYCLING
"It was really cool watching some attendees actually bring in tow their unwanted glass bottles and jars. These folks accepted the challenge and attended for free."
Brian Baskin - Manager of St. Roch Market - PRIME TOURIST ATTRACTION WITH HIGH FOOT TRAFFIC
"In New Orleans, St. Roch Market is a tourist destination. Our foot traffic in an hour could be over three hundred in a matter of an hour - on busy days. Before the pandemic, each year around April, we could expect our foot traffic and food transactions to be decreased. This year Earth Day, we saw increased foot traffic and had more than 202 food transactions on record."
Folake - Nigerian Milliner - FOSTERS CREATIVITY
"I am happy that Milliners of Nigeria accepted the challenge "The Recycle Challenge encourages creativity at the highest degree. Amazing! The online training, and energy that Madera shares with us, introduced a new way for us in Nigeria - a new way to create something from nothing. I now realize that it was making us aware of trash to wealth."
Sasha Woods - Youth Artist/Whose Magazine? Editor - INCREASES PERSONAL AWARENESS OF
RECYCLING & REPURPOSING
“The most valuable thing It’s taught me is to be kinder to the environment. It’s taught me to appreciate the world we live in. Especially with all global changes, global warming, etc. "
Madera E. Rogers -Henry - VIABLE EDUCATIONAL PLATFORM
“Through our festival, we bring together young and old, alike. We are a family-friendly experience that showcases music, fashion, and art and intertwines to showcase recycling and repurposing. It's a positive vibe that celebrates the rich African history that's so abundant in New Orleans. THE RECYCLE CHALLENGE educates attendees on culture and traditions repurposed from paper and other rubbish into whimsical to stunning wearable works of art and costumes. “