Louisville Zoo asking students to make art, instruments out of trash

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The Louisville Zoo is holding its annual recycled art contest – dubbed “Trashformation” – online this year.

It’s part of the zoo’s month-long “Party for the Planet,” sponsored by LG&E and the KU Foundation.

Students from preschool through 12th grade are asked to create art entirely from recyclable items on the theme of “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.”

Registration for the Trashformation contest is requested, but not required. Contest rules also are listed on the webpage. Participants are asked to submit photos or videos of their artwork online from March 22-26.

One winner will be selected in each of five age categories. Winners will be notified April 12-16 and announced to the public over the zoo’s social media on Earth Day, April 22.

The zoo also is continuing its partnership with the Louisville Orchestra’s MakingMUSIC Landfill Orchestra program and will name winners in five age categories for creating a playable musical instrument from recycled materials.

On the Louisville Orchestra’s “Landfill Orchestra” page there are guidelines for materials and making instruments.

Winners in each category will get a certificate, passes to the zoo and a photo of one of the zoo’s animal ambassadors.

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