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We Got Trashed!

Updated: Oct 17, 2023

Reconsidered Goods and UNCG Greensboro Project Space Collaborate on

Trash Bash: A Competitive Art Installation and Exhibition

Reconsidered Goods (RG), the Triad’s only nonprofit creative reuse center, and Greensboro Project Space (GPS), the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) School of Art’s off-campus, multi-purpose art space, partnered to present a new art competition and exhibition entitled Trash Bash that opened on Saturday, October 7th at the Greensboro Project Space, Downtown Greensboro.

Trash Bash involved five creative teams competing to build site-specific installation sculptures working with various reused materials provided by Reconsidered Goods. The teams were randomly selected and consisted of a mix of students, faculty, and community members. Teams met for the first time on opening night and worked on their collaborative artwork under a time constraint of 75 minutes while over 200 spectators cheered them on. Each team was assigned to a specific area in the gallery and received a kit of repurposed materials, a list of challenges, and the opportunity to select “mystery materials” they could decide to incorporate. A duo of “Maker Mentors” were present to supply stabilizing hardware and construction assistance if needed. A panel of judges selected the winning team that received a large-scale Reconsidered Goods-designed assemblage trophy. However, all the remaining teams received a trophy and RG prizes. The artwork remained on display at Greensboro Project Space through Saturday, October 14th.

“GPS was very excited to co-host and present “Trash Bash” alongside RG - what we hope to be the first of many events presented under this new partnership. The synergy found with RG around community building, creativity, and experimentation was immediate, and the energy and excitement surrounding this event was evident."

Caitlyn Schrader, Director, GPS

The competition started at 6:00 pm, judging began at 7:15 pm, and the winning team (Team 2) was announced at 7:30 pm. The event included a Make N Take pop-up activity organized by Reconsidered Goods Education Team and live music by UNCG School of Music’s Popular Music and Technology program.

“We were thrilled to partner with UNCG and GPS. This event aimed to foster ingenuity, creativity, fun, and invention and - of course - bring awareness to the benefits of a more sustainable lifestyle. It was a blast for the attendees and the creative teams. We look forward to continued collaborations between RG and GPS. We hope to bring Trash Bash to other universities and art organizations."

Catena Bergevin, RG Executive Director

For more information on partnering with RG to host

a Trash Bash event, contact Catena Bergevin, Executive Director, Reconsidered Goods, at

More information about Reconsidered Goods and Greensboro Project Space can be found at and greensboroprojectspace

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