Craft for the Coast: Trash Art Contest | July 18-31

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People’s Choice Award

Vote for your favorite trash art  | July 18 – 31 | 1 vote = $1
All proceeds benefit the NEC’s marine debris and litter reduction programs.

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Outdoor Art Show
Join us on Saturday, July 23 from 10AM – 1PM at the Arcata Farmer’s Market to view the artwork! If you want to show your support for the art you can visit this page and cast your vote for the People’s Choice Award.


Craft for the Coast strives to bring awareness to marine debris issues and give litter a new life! By doing beach cleans and making upcycled art we can prevent trash from going into our oceans and landfills. To take it a step further, we embrace the idea that art is activism and has the power to influence policy and change the way we deal with marine debris as a community.

Craft for the Coast encourages us to recognize the possibility in what we may have once considered “waste.” Trash can become something beautiful, useful, innovative, and even powerful. We hope to transform our community mindset to see value where we couldn’t see it before, and know our actions create ripples. Viewing or creating a moving piece of artwork made from trash has the potential to create change within your home, community, or even the world!

Art Submissions 

Calling all trash crafters and upcycling artists! Create a piece of trash art and enter to win prizes! Art submissions due Friday, July 15.

Art Submission Form [The deadline to submit art has passed]

In addition to filling out the form, please email a high quality photo of your art piece to This photo will be posted on our social media and website for the People’s Choice Award voting.

Prize Categories

  • People’s Choice Award (Receives the most community votes)
  • Best Litter Creation (Submission created primarily from litter)
  • Best Multi-Functional Creation (Can you wear your art or use it as a tool? Was your submission created with an additional purpose?)
  • Youth Award (Submission created by artist 12 years and under)

Sponsor This Event!

We’re reaching out to see if you are interested in sponsoring Craft for the Coast this year. Sponsors will be prominently highlighted on the NEC’s social media, website, and monthly EcoNews publication. You can see a full breakdown of sponsor benefits below.

Educational Resources

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