The Siskiyou County Arts Council, as state-local partner to the California Arts Council, and the Mount Shasta Bioregional Ecology Center announce the renewal of the SCRAPS Art + Science Up-cycling contest for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. To help spread the word and inspire students to utilize their resources in new and imaginative ways, the Arts Council announced the Siskiyou County Youth Up-cycling Ambassador for the 2020-21 season, 12 year--old Paloma Rodriguez-Garza.

Paloma inspired the Board of Directors of the Siskiyou County Arts Council with her work “Frog House” made from up-cycled strawberry containers, a pink plastic container, gardening pot plate, and rock, moss, tree log, and dirt, according to a press release.

“The work is perfectly suited to look good while maintaining the ideal environment for a small frog,” the release states. “Using resources around her house, Paloma developed a creative idea, devised a plan to execute it, selected her choice of materials, and constructed the work.” As Siskiyou County Youth Up-cycling Ambassador, Paloma invites all local students to participate in the Art + Science Up-cycling contest.

Renewed from the previous contest, this second-take encourages students to use their creativity muscle to create an original work of art from resources found around them. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) is all around us. Creating art can help students articulate STEM principles in everyday objects while enjoying the ability to test ideas and create unique pieces of art their way.

Students may enter their creations to in the contest by visiting http://siskiyouarts.org/programs/scraps-art-cart/contest/ for entry form and contest rules. Cash prizes will be awarded for the top three entries, as selected by the Siskiyou County Arts Council Board of Directors and representatives from the Mount Shasta Bioregional Ecology Center. For ideas, visit www.facebook.com/groups/662006257679173/. For more information email contact@siskiyouarts.org.