Spectrum Creative Arts raises eco-awareness while inspiring creativity

Plus: Spectrum’s unique summer camps offer Groovy Arts for Teens & more

Rochester, NY – K-cups as art? It’s true: Spectrum Creative Arts is calling for artwork made from the disposable single-serve coffee pods for its first annual Eco-Art Challenge, June 19 through August  21, 2015.

“With the exploding popularity of these wonderfully convenient little objects, the number of discarded k-cups is growing at an alarming rate,” explains Megan Resig, founding co-director of the two-year-old music and arts center in Pittsford. “We’re trying to bring awareness to this environmental issue while inspiring artistic expression within the community.”

But wait – there’s more: although k-cups are not recyclable, each individual component is either recyclable or compostable in Monroe County – a process that is, of course, counterproductive to its marketed convenience.  Artists must dissemble and clean each cup using a process explained on the Spectrum website (spectrumcreativearts.org/art-gallery/how-to-clean-your-k-cups). 

“Will most of us take the time in real life to deconstruct k-cups and correct their negative impact on the environment? I’m not sure,” admits fellow founding co-director, Noa Elimelech. “But, because we have been collecting them for our own students to use for their art projects, we have become very aware of just how fast they pile up!”

Spectrum is challenging amateur and professional artists of all ages and abilities to create masterpieces that utilize k-cups in a creative way. Entries are due by June 5 at spectrumcreativearts.org/call-for-artwork-2015-eco-art-challenge (there is a $5 fee per entry), and the exhibition opens Friday, June 19 with a free, public reception from 5-6:30 p.m. at Spectrum Creative Arts (3300 Monroe Avenue). Three cash prizes will be awarded by public votes collected at the exhibition from June19-28; winners will be announced on June 29.

Another example of Spectrum’s “out-of-the-box” creativity can be found in its 2015 summer camps. The team of 13 teachers and certified arts therapists has come up with four unique summer camps, including Good Vibrations, Groovy Creative Arts for Teens (ages 12-15, July 27-31, 9 AM – 12 noon). Participants in this week-long flashback to the 60’s and 70’s will time-warp to a culture of peace, love, and rock and roll. They’ll explore vibrations, colors and artistic trends of the era and connect through social songwriting, movement and dance, and aesthetic and political art projects.

Spectrum also offers Creative Adventures, Music and Art Fun for Little Ones (ages 6-10, July 13-17, 9AM-noon); Life is a Cabaret, Performing Arts Camp for Teens (ages 13-18, Aug. 3-7, 1-5PM); and Heart and Soul, Yoga and Creative Wellness for the Parent and Child (ages 6-15, Aug. 17-21 from 10AM –noon). Registration for Spectrum summer camps closes June 26.

“We’re proud of our innovative, quality programming, and we invite the community to join us for our free monthly events: Family Storybook (second Saturdays) and Community Drum Circle (first Mondays),” says Wade Richards, the organization’s third co-director.  “At Spectrum, are committed to making the arts an accessible experience for everyone.”

Spectrum Creative Arts LLC provides premium quality creative arts services in the areas of music therapy, music instruction, art therapy, and art instruction for children and adults in Rochester, NY and surrounding areas. Spectrum’s highly-qualified and passionate directors and staff believe that everyone is an artist and that the arts are for everyone, regardless of age or ability. Because the arts are fundamental to the human experience, Spectrum seeks to inspire and empower clients and the community to create, explore, and enjoy the arts. Please visit spectrumcreativearts.org or call 585-383-1999 (or toll free: 855-444-0201) for more information.