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EMA Trash2Treasure Challenge

2018 Annual Play it FWD Campaign



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.

Thank you to the challenge acceptors!

  • (DJ) Kimberly St. John
  • (Production) Steven Capps-Visvardi
  • Dharam Deep of Anahata Love Recordings and Ganesha Cartel
  • (Fire Hoop Performer) Caroline Palmer
  • (Fire Dancer Teacher) Jeremy Levine
  • Angie Grace
  • Aaron Sternberg & Sarah Montano
  • Christa Toole
  • "Rovo" (Christopher Lee Bevington Bailey)
  • Jezabelle Von Jane
  • Wendy Skinner
  • Nikkia Sipes



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

Lanni Lantto

Lanni is a Fashion Redesigner creating clothing entirely out of pre-existing materials meant to be both glamorous and educational. 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 Kaliski, Founder and CEO, Good Planet Innovation

Michael launched Good Planet Innovation to inspire a mindful shift in global consumer behavior through the integration of sustainable, healthy and ethical brands, products, and behavior into major film and TV content. Good Planet is also transforming the entertainment, concert and festival production industries to sustainable and even regenerative practices. Good Planet has placed countless sustainable products and has ‘greened’ dozens of productions, festivals, and concert arenas since its inception. As a culmination of over 20 years in the media, philanthropic and sustainability sectors, Michael launched Good Planet Innovation as a compliment to Omniquest Media, a socially conscious trans-platform media company dedicated to producing humanitarian and environmental themed content. He was recently featured on an episode of Begleyesque.

Ken Jordan

Ken has been previously best known for being 1/2 of The Crystal Method, (a two-time Grammy Nominated electronic music band). He retired in 2016 to pursue a life as an eco-village pioneer and permaculture farmer in Costa Rica. He is the current acting President of the nonprofit Una Limpia Playa Hermosa, a beach cleanup organization. He is also active with the board of Green Wave, EMA's parent nonprofit.

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.

Art by Nor Tijan Firdaus
Imagine Peace by Brian Reynolds

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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