2022 TEAM & REPORT

THANK YOU!

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    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 

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       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                                                                                      

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         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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

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      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                                                                                                                                                                                            

SPECIAL THANKS

Volunteer Support

Resilience Corps
   Canvassing

Sherlynn Lambert 
   Email Support 

Rev. Casimier-New Orleans         System & Choir          

                             Ahhav Casimier -New Orleans     
                               MC & Fitness Trainer/Coach                                                                                                  

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Video: Le Bon Ton Baby Dolls, Sprit

2 Da Street-Second Line Dancers, and

J&J Brass Band.

2022 REPORT
THE-RECYCLE-CHALLENGE


HIGHLIGHTS:


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. 

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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. 

  *Over         

  *Over 

    

    *From 2018 to the present, over

      ten wearable art dresses have

      been crafted by youth and adults alike.

     Learn more about the challenge.

*Sunflower Dress 

         Sunflowers 

 

 

*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

100 sheets 

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

 2022 BENEFITS:

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. “

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