Mission and History/Organization Description: Bash the Trash Environmental Arts combines science, music and sustainability awareness through performances, educational programs and social initiatives. Whether performing with musical instruments built from trash, building artworks from found objects, or consulting on environmental arts education, Bash the Trash always focuses on how the arts and science work together. Founded by John Bertles in 1988, Bash the Trash now reaches around 50,000 students, teachers, and parents a year in performances, residencies and professional development programs. Bash the Trash provides residencies, performances and family events that combine science, the arts, and the environment.
Arts Education Programming:
Our most popular programs are: -Stand-alone assembly performances -Assembly performances followed by in-class instrument-building workshops -Mini-performances for a single grade level, followed by instrument-building workshops -Long-term residencies (4-20+ sessions) -Family events Our residency program begins with an exciting, audience-participatory auditorium show that demonstrates the science of sound and how instruments work. In follow-up classroom workshops, students build instruments from recycled and reused materials that they collect themselves, then write musical stories inspired by the sounds of their musical instruments and perform those stories. Bash the Trash programs always connect to curriculum, and can be tailored to your school’s specific needs.
Supports For Students With Disabilities
All performances are suitable for mainstreamed students; and performances specifically geared at students with special needs are available. In-class workshops and residencies are suitable for mainstreamed students; and workshops and residencies specifically geared at students with special needs are available. 26 years of experience dealing with students with disabilities.
Supports For English Language Learners
Bilingual programs available in Spanish