The Broadway Green Alliance is pleased to announce the pilot program, “The Gel Project.” Each year thousands of dollars of lighting gel must be changed out on Broadway shows as part of the maintenance procedures. This lighting gel is usually not damaged nor faded, and in great condition. The goal of â€œThe Gel Projectâ€ is to transfer good lighting gel from Broadway shows to the collections of regional theaters for only the cost of shipping. This will keep lighting gel out of the dumpster and into theatrical productions throughout the country. Â We are happy to announce the first “The Gel Project”Â participantsÂ as Broadway’sÂ WickedÂ and The Old Globe in San Diego, California. We look forward to future pairings in 2012.
If you are a regional theater is who interested in continuing your greening efforts by receiving gel from a Broadway show, please contact The Broadway Green Alliance at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are involved in a Broadway show and would like to donate your used gel, please contact The Broadway Green Alliance at email@example.com.Â This commitment would entail the following:
letting us know when you have your next scheduled gel change (yearly or bi-yearly) so we can get it on our calendar
collecting all gel & scroller color when you do your change over and pack intoÂ ship-ableÂ box(es)
Contact the BGA so we can pick-up the box or boxes. Â We will take care of the shipping; the regional theater will cover the cost of the shipment.
The Broadway Green Alliance will work with the theater & show to create successful matches. This pilot program is slated for the calendar year 2012. Â In December 2012 we will evaluate the progress of the program and determine how to proceed going into 2013.
On behalf of the Broadway Green Alliance and the Pre & Post Production Committee, we would love to have you join us in this exciting new program of creative re-use and outreach.
Textile artist Cybele Moon: "I wanted to share my love of color with others."
Artist Cybele Moon partnered with The Trailer Trash Project to offer her Earth Day art installation to the community of Santa Clarita, CA.
Cybele models clothes fashioned from pre-owned T-shirts
Some artists choose paint as their medium. Others choose stone or metal. Cybele Moon chose fabricâ€“or perhaps it chose her.
â€œMy mother used to weave and make her own clothes. One of my grandmothers worked in a bobbin factory, and she sewed at home. My other grandmother would crochet and do cross-stitch,â€ explained the Cal Arts grad student who was a professional costume designer before deciding to go back to school to get an MFA.
Textiles are intertwined with her family tree. â€œEven my grandfather had a connection to fabric. He came to this country at the turn of the century from Slovakia. He made looms and wove rag rugs in the 1930â€™s and â€˜40â€™s.â€
Cybele spends most of her time at Cal Arts working behind the scenes, designing costumes for dance and theatrical productions. Before graduating she wanted to create some of her own textile art and share it with the Santa Clarita community on Earth Day.
Sam Breen's 1951 Spartan trailer provided a backdrop for Cybele's installation.
The result: a textile installation resembling dripping vines, dyed in the soft blue and green colors of spring. The work was fashioned from recycled T-shirts donated by CalArts students, faculty and staff.
â€œFabric is my medium. I canÂ dye it, paint it and manipulate it,â€ she said. She is particularly fond of the challenges presented by recycled fabrics. â€œI can take a piece of clothing, cut open the seams and make something else.â€
Cybeleâ€™s Earth Day offering demonstrates her dual passion for ecology and art. â€œWe waste and throw away so many things. I wanted to show that you can take a common T-shirt and transform it into something completely different â€“ like a piece of art.â€
Drawing on her skills as a costume designer Cybele, along with Jessica Ramsey and Emily Moran, Â two Cal Arts BFA students in costume design, conducted a workshop for kids demonstrating how to transform used T-shirts into trendy scarves, vests, tank tops andÂ other items of clothing.
With graduation coming up, Cybeleâ€™s thoughts have turned to the future. Her dream? To live some place where she can have a huge garden and chickens. Her career goal is to be costume design professor and to continue working professionally as a costume designer. Â She will also continue to explore her own textile art.
Cal Arts students Cybele Moon (r) and Jessica Ramsey (l) conducted a workshop for kids to show how to turn a used T-shirt into something unexpected.
The experience on Earth Day in Santa Clarita has inspired her to try to take on more collaborative community projects in the future, especially those geared for children.
Her off-campus art project comes at a time when she and other Cal Arts students are working at a hectic pace, trying to finish up the school year.
Emily Moran (l) helps a youngster work magic with recycled clothing.
â€œI didnâ€™t know what I was getting into or how it would turn out,â€ she explained on evening before the event, Â her hands covered with thick rubber gloves while she prepped another batch of T-shirts for dying. â€œIt was a challenge to see if I could do it, to get all those people to donate T-shirts. But I just kept on trying.â€
Samâ€™s vintage trailer provided a framework for Cybeleâ€™s piece, giving the trailerâ€™s metal exterior a soft, whimsical look.Â It could be the beginning of a colorful, art-inspired and Earth-friendly spring.
For more on Cybele Moon, clickÂ herefor her web site.Â