Green Art Workshop (GAW) launched its inaugural program in San Francisco in 2010. The first workshop series brought youth to Recology's Artist-In-Residence program and SCRAP, a local reuse center. The program encouraged participants to consider their personal consumption and to draw inspiration from art reflecting environmentally sustainable behavior. Students upcycled materials such as textiles, paper, wood, and plastic objects to construct imaginative sculptures. The enthusiastic response of the community led GAW to become a nonprofit organization in 2012 and to expanded its geographical scope to include Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York in 2016.
Today, GAW's ecological curriculum blends art-making with environmental education through short programs and residencies. On both coasts, GAW delivers hands-on, eco-conscious programs that bring teaching artists into classrooms and community centers. In each workshop, participants create imaginative personal and collaborative projects as they re-envision everyday discarded materials. GAW is committed to providing quality art programs which promote creativity with a conscience.
Green Art Workshop is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.