The winners of the first art contest using recycled materials sponsored jointly by FirstBank — through its “Uno con el Ambiente” environmental program — and Fundación Proyecto La Línea de mi Pensamiento, were recently honored in a ceremony showcasing the submitted works.
The “Creando Verde” competition had the mission of encouraging the use of recycled materials in the creation of artwork and promoting ecological and social awareness among students at Fine Arts schools. The exhibit is showing at the University of Puerto Rico’s Museum of History, Anthropology and Art through Dec. 17.
The competition received 213 art pieces, produced in seven different artistic media by young students from 8-18 years old, from the municipalities of San Juan, Carolina and Bayamón. The seven contest winners of “Creando Verde” were: Blanca Santiago, in the ceramics category, a student at the Central School of Visual Arts; Arnaldo Gauthier, in drawing; Kamila Rodriguez, in sculpture and Jeimy Torres, in photography, all from the Fine Arts School in Carolina; Sara Betancourt, in engraving, a student at the Fine Arts School in Barrazas; Monserrat González, in installation, a student at the Central School of Visual Arts; and Alanis Nieves, in painting, from the Fine Arts School in Carolina.
“FirstBank’s interest in sponsoring this initiative with the Fundación Proyecto La Línea De Mi Pensamiento, was to promote the use of recycled materials in their artwork among young people at municipal Fine Arts school,” said Carmen Pagán, senior vice president, compliance department at FirstBank.
“It is a way to continue delivering our message of care and conservation of the environment in our communities, and to raise awareness across all generations,” she said.
For a period of three months, students worked on their artwork and took lectures and workshops on recycling, environmental awareness and art from recycled materials offered by professionals in the field: Melquiades Rosario-Sastre, Arturo Morales, Roberto Pérez, and Olga Charneco.
“As an artist, I am very satisfied with the work submitted and the winning entries, since the students were able to use recycled materials in each piece,” said Rosario-Sastre, director of Fundación Proyecto La Línea De Mi Pensamiento. “It was hard work for the Jury because they received excellent pieces of work, but had to choose the most outstanding by category. ‘Creando Verde’ was a dream come true, of contributing to the environment.”