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EMA Trash2Treasure Challenge

2018 Annual Play it FWD Campaign

Submissions are officially open!

This year our board of directors decided to create a call to action for the community (and the industry behind it) to demonstrate how we can solve world problems with the love and creativity that is signature to our scene. So what is the Trash2Treasure Challenge? It is the creative usage of what might be waste materials, or trash turned into inspiring and impactful art, shows, music, performance, photography, events, activations, community service, or campaigns... the biggest limitation will be your own imagination.

This past Earth Day, the submission period officially opened.

The quick on it:

  • Accept the challenge!  Even if you don't have an idea fully figured out yet (you have until September to figure it out).
  • It's easy to apply (short application below)
  • By entering you will be recognized! 
  • We are giving weekly shoutouts to all those who accept the challenge. You will have the chance to be highlighted for your work
  • Eligible to win the top achievement awards (custom pieces from Techwears) and also various other prizes tba. 

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MEET YOUR JUDGES:

Shana Nys Dambrot 

Shana is an art critic, curator, and author based in Downtown LA. She is the Arts Editor for the LA Weekly, and a contributor to Whitehot Magazine, KCET’s Artbound, Flaunt, Fabrik, Art and Cake, Artillery, and Palm Springs Life. She studied Art History at Vassar College, writes essays for books and exhibition catalogs, curates and juries a few exhibitions each year. An account of her activities can be found at sndx.net.

Lanni Lantto

Lanni is a Fashion Redesigner creating clothing entirely out of pre-existing materials meant to be both glamorous andeducational. She has shown in numerous eco-fashion shows in the US and internationally, is Co-Creator of Michigan’s largest upcycled (RE)design Fashion Show, and her work has been featured in Sustainable Style Night at NY Fashion Week, Etsy's ReArt Australia, Global Green’s Pre-Oscar Gala, Altered Couture Magazine, & Coco Eco Magazine. Lanni is dedicated to bringing the concept of creative reuse into the media spotlight in order to use fashion as a catalyst for real change.

Phu Styles 

For the past decade Phu Styles has been known as an international award winning celebrity fashion stylist, influencer, and serial entrepreneur. As a veteran in the fashion and entertainment industry, she has worked with countless high profile names such as actor Ryan Gosling, billionaire entrepreneur John Paul Dejorio, Grammy Nominated dance music DJ/Producers The Crystal Method, and super model Tyra Banks. She has been featured on the BBC, NBC, Fox News, Elle Magazine, and America's Next Top Model, as well as starring in award nominated shows in Asia. Phu is known for her eco-styling work, having put many celebrities in clothing made from recycled materials and advocating for fair trade and sustainability in the fashion garment industry. Currently, Phu is the CEO and head of investor and influencer relations for Blockchain PR, and an advisor for several companies such as Vetz and the nonprofit, Green Wave. She sits on the board of directors for Electronic Music Alliance. Phu recently founded the Women in Blockchain Foundation. She still manages to mentor for Makeovers that Matter, and Dress for Success and on occasion she is seen organizing a sound bath or as a DJ under the name of Madame Crypto.

Taryn Hipwell 

Taryn is the author of How to Shop for Shi(f)t...why because we give a “f”, Founder of Beyond the Label, thought leader and consumer engagement specialist in the realm of sustainable fashion. Beyond the Label (BtL) started as a partnership with TEDxLA to educate Angelenos about the true health, social and environmental cost of their fashion purchases. She teaches “Sustainability and the Fashion Industry” at FIDM, she is on the Advisory Board for the Fashion Department at Santa Monica College, and she moderates panels for TEDxLA, PETA, Fashion Revolution Day and Beyond the Label. She was a keynote speaker in New York at NYU, FIT, LIM and the Berkley School, and she headlines EcoFashion workshops all around the world including "The Green School" in Bali, South Africa and Zambia in Africa. She is a Los Angeles Business Journal - Women Making a Difference nominee and was awarded the Fashion Against Bullying Award and Green Hero Award by eduPOWERED Media Group and Champions Against Bullying. Taryn was the Arts Chair and is currently the Fashion Chair for UN WOMEN-USNC LA (United Nations). Taryn created, produced and hosted EcoDivas TV and has interviewed celebrities including James Cameron, Jessica Alba and Olivia Wilde.

Michael Kaliski

Michael is the CEO of Good Planet Innovation, which is leading the shift to sustainable practices and ethical brand and behavior integration in film, television, and commercial production.

Meet the Challenge Provocateur -EMA's executive Director, Janine Jordan.

Janine will not be judging. Instead she is ready to shake things up by inspiring individuals and organizations to join the Trash2Treasure Challenge. Janine loves all things eco. In 2006, she experienced what she calls an "eco-awakening" while on a trip in Costa Rica. Since her return 12 years ago, she has been a dedicated Earth (rainbow) Warrior. She loves Trashion, ecobricking, making trash art, and picking up MOOP from the environment. She organized multi-city "massive action" community service events (clean-ups, tree plantings, community gardens, and electronics waste recycling drives) on behalf of EMA for several years with the help of local EMA ambassadors. As a passionate inspiratrix she warns you to "watch out!"- as she may have an idea for you.... She is currently in process of personally challenging her personal contacts in the industry.

Other announcements

More Judges, media sponsors, and prizes will be announced soon! (and if you want to contribute in this way - please contact us).

EMA Honored Trash Artists

Thank you to Nor Tijan Firdaus, amazing Ewaste artists from Malyasia, and Brian Reynolds, the “Reverse Engineer”, for your artivist contributions. These artivists have been chosen to help inspire others to see the artistic potential that lies within and accept this challenge. You will see their work featured often in the EMA Instagram feed and other social media platforms. Look out for interviews with them both sometime later this year.

DJ Kimberly St. John (first challenge acceptor)

THANK YOU to DJ Kimberly St. John, the EMA Ambassador from Denver for being the first person to submit for the individual category in our EMA Trash2Treasure Challenge.

Kimberly has accepted the challenge by submitting an application but admits she is still in brainstorming mode. She says "I’d love to do something unique that inspires connection and earth preservation in the amazing Denver community!"

In addition to being a DJ and an ambassador of EMA, Kimberly St. John is a nurse! She does an amazing job of attaching awareness activations to her gigs or bringing them into events she is part of in anyway. She is passionate about sharing knowledge with our electronic music community.

We are excited to see what she comes up with!

You can follow Kimberly on Instagram or find her on Facebook.

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