Video: Webster Thailand organizes environmental art event Trash to Treasure

| May 6, 2015
    Webster Thailand's School of Communications organized the 'Trash to Treasure' event held in Hua Hin, Thailand on April 4.

Webster Thailand’s School of Communications organized the ‘Trash to Treasure’ event held in Hua Hin, Thailand on April 4.

Local school children and university students showed off their artistic flare to a big crowd on April 4 at the inaugural Trash to Treasure art contest organized by Webster University Thailand’s Cha-Am campus. The event was held in the Baan Sillapin Artists Village in Hua Hin, Thailand.

The Trash to Treasure event was collaboration between the Preserve Hua Hin Group and Webster Thailand’s School of Communications’ (SOC) Special Events students, a volunteer group comprised of international students from 10 different countries. The event was designed to build on the success of the Bye Bye Plastic event organized by the SOC from Webster Thailand’s Hua Hin Campus in 2014.

Intended as a green communication campaign, Trash to Treasure was established to support the rehabilitation, preservation and development of the Mangrove Ecosystem Preservation & Science Education Center (MEPSEC) Hua Hin. The event aims to express the need for sustainable development in the last remaining urban mangrove ecosystem in Hua Hin, at Khao Klai Lart by influencing the perception of waste materials and promoting responsible disposal behavior among the local community including schools and businesses.

Local Impact

Local Hua Hin schools as well as art students from Webster University Thailand’s Cha-am campus showcased artwork created solely from waste materials, discarded items, and trash in a community exhibition and competition. The artwork was judged by professional artists with prizes for the winners including cash and complimentary entries to the Vana Nava Water Jungle.

Local school children experience art at the inaugural Trash to Treasure art contest organized by Webster University Thailand.

Local school children experience art at the inaugural Trash to Treasure art contest organized by Webster University Thailand.

The schools section was won by students from Halio School with a complex piece called Recycle City, while the university section was won by Webster’s Art Department group for their piece called Recycled Tank. In parallel with the main event, the audience was entertained by a music festival called Trashstock featuring several local artists.

“What has been the most impressive thing for me about this event has been the enthusiasm and hard work of the schools and the students in really involving themselves in the contest and the guiding principles of the event,” said Manop Sujaritpinij (Victor), a Thai native and media communications professor at Webster University Cha-Am. “They have really understood that environmental awareness is something important for our future that can also be fun.”

For many, the success of the event was not only in helping to preserve Hua-Hin’s mangrove ecosystem but also the international collaboration involved in achieving this goal. “We are a very diverse group drawn from different countries and cultures from around the globe and yet we all pulled together on an event that highlights an issue that really unites us in our concern for the survival of the planet,” said Arin Wiriya-Aporn, one of several Thai communication students’ working on the project. “To do it in such a fun way made it even more relevant.”

Trash to Treasure Event Sponsors

The Trash to Treasure event attracted an impressive list of local sponsors including Chiva-Som International Health Resorts; Centara Grand Hotel; Rotary Club of Royal Hua Hin; SKAL Hua Hin & Cha-am Club; Vana Nava Water Jungle; Rotoract Club of Webster University Thailand; Bangkok Hospital Hua Hin and the Preserve Hua Hin Group.

 

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