Trash Mash-Upâ€™s (TMU) be featured in San Francisco Carnaval 2011 onÂ Sunday, May 29 in the Streets of the Mission District. Â Beginning atÂ 9:30 a.m. at the corner of 24th and Bryant streets, the parade willÂ proceed west to Mission Street. From there, the parade heads north onÂ Mission down to 17th Street, where it will turn east and flow into theÂ festival area. Â TMU transforms the streets of San Francisco with aÂ visual spectacle made of music, movement, and â€œMaskostumesâ€.Â Spectators enjoy works of art created from things disregarded by oneÂ person and then given new life through anotherâ€™s imagination. WithÂ trash bag boas and bottle-cap chain mail, Trash Mash-Up buildsÂ creative connections and raises environmental awareness throughout ourÂ community as a new urban tradition is fostered.
One of the city’s most spectacular traditions, San Francisco CarnavalÂ showcases the very best of Latin American and Caribbean cultures andÂ traditions with a diverse array of food, music, dance and artistry.Â The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend. Â Acting asÂ this yearâ€™s Grand Marshal of the San Francisco Carnaval Grand ParadeÂ is famed actor, film director and political activist Danny Glover. TheÂ 2011 Grand Parade will feature a very special appearance of the SanÂ Francisco Giantsâ€™ 2010 World Series trophy accompanied by the Giantsâ€™Â mascot Lou Seal.
Trash Mash-Up has partnered with community based organizations toÂ create the colorful celebration mashing it up in the streets of theÂ Mission District for San Francisco Carnaval. Â They include the WhitneyÂ Young Performing Arts Dancers and the Abraham Lincoln High SchoolÂ Drama Club and Green Academy on SF Carnaval. Â This is the second yearÂ that TMU, WYPA and ALHS have collaborated together with TMU for SFÂ Carnaval. Â Trash Mash-Up has also partnered with Recology for theÂ third year on SF Carnaval. Recology is a private, 100% employee-ownedÂ resource recovery company based on the West Coast emphasizingÂ recycling to reduce consumption of virgin materials who pioneered theÂ first curbside compost program in the U.S. Â TMU parades withÂ Recologyâ€™s Drill Team and Artist In Residence Program.
Trash Mash-Up is a collaborative community art project. UsingÂ disposable materials, collected before they enter the waste stream,Â participants construct â€œMaskostumesâ€ which are original pageant masksÂ and costumes inspired by traditions from around the world. TMUÂ enriches our community by developing creative connections amongst theÂ participantsÂ in addition to raising awareness about cultural traditions andÂ environmental issues. This project reduces waste and inspires peopleÂ to see each other and our environment in a new way.
The founding members of Trash Mash-Up are a sister team, Bridget andÂ Jessica McCracken, who both graduated from the Dell’Arte InternationalÂ School of Physical Theatre and San Francisco State University.Â Drawing from their talent for creating original theatrical productionsÂ and their commitment to serving the larger community, TMU is aÂ socially and environmentally conscious art project. TMU sharesÂ cultural traditions with diverse communities in public performancesÂ and workshops. Reducing waste by using trash to make art, TMU remindsÂ all of San Francisco that one person’s trash could become an entireÂ city’s treasure.