Sustainability elective summer class participates in Westchester 4th of July Parade

Students in Robin Murez’s Creative Action/Sustainability elective class “We are Surrounded” along with Interim President, Kerry Walk, and various Otis staff participated in the annual Westchester 4th of July Parade with an animal rights themed entry. Students created costumes and other swag items to showcase the difficulties surrounding animal ecology throughout the world. All outcomes made by the class were created from sustainable or reclaimed materials. This year was the first time that Otis College has participated in the celebration and the entry received the Chairman’s Choice Prize: quite an honor for our first attempt!

Endangered species, habitat destruction, causes and consequences were the subject of the class. We constructed all parade elements with biodegradable, recyclable, and reclaimable materials, except for duct tape and acrylic paint, which was used sparingly. All was recycled paper and cardboard. An electric golf cart. Armatrures were recycled steel. Our paper mache was flour and water, no additives. The students were thrilled to see how strong it was… every bit as good as hot glue or white glue. Take a look at the results!


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