Upcycled Art

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.

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.

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How Upcycled Art Came to Young Magnet School

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USF Patel College of Global Sustainability Serves the Community

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

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.

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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Mark Schreiner

Mark Schreiner has been the producer and reporter for "University Beat" on WUSF 89.7 FM since 2001 and on WUSF TV since 2007. He has worked as an anchor, reporter and producer at radio stations in Tampa and his native Chicago since 1992.

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