On May 17, 60 volunteers gathered on the banks of Bromolow Creek in Duluth to pick up litter and to collect unusual items for use in future art projects at the Hudgens Center for the Arts. The effort -- "Art in Motion - Great Gwinnett Stream Cleanup" -- resulted in the collection of 2,500 pounds of litter.
“We are so thankful to all of the volunteers who gave up a part of their Saturday morning to help us,” said Connie Wiggins, Executive Director for Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful, in a released statement. “The success of any Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful initiative relies on the support of concerned citizens and local environmental stewards just like them. It was a beautiful sight to see so many Gwinnetians working together to clean up Bromolow Creek and getting so excited when a particularly unique item was found for the art project.”
Unusual items found during the May 17 cleanup included old tires, sections of fire hose, corrugated plastic tree tubes, PVC pipe, scrap metal, wooden pallets and more. The items will be used by high school juniors who have received smART scholarships -- a nine month need-based scholarship program for high school students -- at the Hudgens Center for the Arts.
“We are literally turning trash into treasure,” explained Wiggins. “This is a prime example of the power of repurposing where ‘one man’s trash’ receives an entirely new lease on life."
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