After you gather your team, or yourself, the beautification begins. Maybe it’s the area outside of your office building. Perhaps you decide your cul-de-sac needs a community garden. Or you could decide to walk your block and pick up trash and recycling. Whatever your choice, it all falls under “cleanup”. Just make sure that you photograph your efforts (yes, a cell phone camera will suffice) and send those before and after pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For all of you art enthusiasts out there who want to take it a step further – take that trash and recycling you found during your cleanup efforts and create a piece of art. That art will be displayed in a two-week pop-up art exhibit in Richmond!
The pop-up exhibition will run the last two weeks in October and will contain all of the artwork of those creative types that decided to turn what once was an eyesore into something beautiful. The exhibit is curated by Kevin Orlosky from Art on Wheels and The Visual Arts Center.
You’ve worked hard and put in time to beautify our wonderful city. Perhaps even went so far as to create art out of the trash and recycling you collected. Now it’s time to recognize your efforts. Awards will be given in the following categories for the best of the best RENEW RICHMOND participants:
i. Biggest transformation
ii. Largest team effort
iii. Best company team
iv. Best all around
v. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for eco-art
Step 1: Form a team
Step 2: Send your team name, names of team members, contact information, a few sentences about your plans for cleanup and creation (if applicable), and a team photo to email@example.com
Step 3: Make a plan. Decide where you want your beautification efforts to take place and how you plan to achieve your goals. Check with your landlord, city official, or district association if any efforts are in question.
Step 4: Take “before” pictures of the space you, or your team, are planning to beautify (pickup, plant, paint, etc..).
Step 5: DO IT! Put your plan into action. For the artists – pickup your “materials” and start creating your eco-art!
Step 6: Take “after” pictures and send all photos and a few sentences explaining your efforts to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 7: Pat yourselves on the back for digging in and making a difference. And don’t worry – you may get rewarded for your efforts as well. A pat on the back is nice but let’s be real, a prize is even better.
Cleanup Suggestions & Guidelines:
- trash pickup
- recycling pickup
- gardening (planting or tending to)
- beautifying your personal property
And please, respect the property of others. If it’s not your house, don’t paint it. If it’s not your garden, don’t clean it up. Generally speaking, if it deals with private property that is not your own, we recommend you find another area to beautify or go through the appropriate channels to get permission.
October 1st – RENEW RICHMOND Begins!
October 1st – 12th – Cleanup, Beautification and Creation
October 11th - 14th – Deliver All Eco-Artwork to the Pop-Up Exhibition Location
October 15th – 28th – Pop-Up Art Exhibition open to the public