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Three of the "upcycled art" pieces on display at the USF Botanical Gardens
Upcycled Art
One person’s trash is another one’s...art? That’s the case at the USF Botanical Gardens, where both natural and man-made beauty already exist side-by-side. But the newest addition is ‘upcycled’ art created by a class of Tampa magnet school students. University Beat on WUSF TV explains.

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Students from Young Middle Magnet Creative Science Centre in Tampa 'plant' their upcycled art at the USF Botanical Gardens (Courtesy USF Patel College of Global Sustainability)
Upcycled Art

You’ve heard of recycling—but how about “upcycling?” The process takes a previously used product and turns it into not just something different, but something better. On this week’s University Beat on WUSF 89.7, we’ll tell you how USF and students at a local magnet school are using upcycling to turn refuse into beautiful artwork.

Program Schedule

Radio - During "Morning Edition" on WUSF 89.7 Tuesday after the 6:45 AM and 8:45 AM newscasts | During "All Things Considered" on WUSF 89.7 Tuesday at 5:44 PM | After "Florida Matters" on WSMR 89.1 Monday just before 10:30 PM
- Tuesdays at 11:55 AM and 8:55 PM, and various times throughout the rest of the week

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Jennifer Butler, lead teacher at Young Middle Magnet Creative Science Centre in East Tampa, talks about how her students came to create upcycled art.

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Dr. Kala Vairavamoorthy, Dean of the USF Patel College of Global Sustainability, talks about how his college works with the community. He also shares his thoughts on upcycled art.


For more information

USF Botanical Gardens
813-974-2329 website

USF Patel College of Global Sustainability
813-974-9694 website

Young Middle Magnet Creative Science Centre
813-276-5739 website



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