Explore Ecology Is Our New Name
Art From Scrap is different from other arts entities in the South Coast as we are not limited to aesthetic endeavors. For the past twenty-one years, we have combined art and environmental awareness and promoted both caring for the planet and creative expression. To better represent the range of our programs and to strengthen community awareness of our environmental education mission, we are changing our name from Art from Scrap to Explore Ecology.
The Art From Scrap ReUse Store, art center, and gallery play a major role in providing Santa Barbarans with a source of affordable and sustainable art supplies, waste reduction environmental education, weekly art workshops and an art gallery. Explore Ecology’s Executive Director Cay Sanchez says, “Protecting existing programs is important and Art From Scrap will be here for years to come. While Art From Scrap is well known for our ReUse retail store and arts center, we also conduct reduce, reuse, recycle field trips at the AFS Center for thousands of students each year.” Our Reuse Store, art center and gallery will still be called Art From Scrap.
Environmental education is one of our primary programs. Every year over 12,000 students engage in hands-on activities and learning experiences focused on solid waste management and water quality issues. Our education programs help people understand how environmental topics are interconnected and how their personal actions can improve the environment.
We also operate the Watershed Resource Center at Arroyo Burro Beach, a site for school and community education programs, connecting clean creeks and healthy ocean waters with our personal habits.
Over the past 21 years our innovative and creative approach to teaching the value of protecting and preserving our environment has been a key component in creating the strong environmental ethos and awareness that exists in Santa Barbara County. As Explore Ecology we will continue to motivate and inspire a new generation. Sanchez says, “We are thrilled to have evolved into Explore Ecology. As advocates of environmental education and art discovery, we’re so proud to be acknowledging the breadth and depth of our services. We want to thank the community for their continued support and participation with us over the past twenty one years. We invite everyone to join us in celebrating our evolution into Explore Ecology.”