"Through the Arts,
We quicken the creative spirit in the individual and community and foster brotherly love.”


UTA's Environmental Art Program is a fun, creative way to learn about the environment and how to care for our world. Started nearly 20 years ago, the Trash to Treasure program is tailored for elementary school children and uses with a variety of repurposed materials such as paper, shoelaces and boxes to create unique one-of-a-kind art objects.

A student in the program explains, "We made a project about things that would have been thrown away because the air and the water is getting polluted. I learned about not throwing stuff away – but creating something. I learned about recycling. I liked the program because I like to draw. The man in my artwork went to a store and recognized that when he bought a piece of candy and threw the paper on the floor he recognized that he should pick it up and throw it in the garbage.”

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For more information, please contact UTA at (718) 273-5610 or email us at info@utasi.org.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and Con Edison.