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February 20, 2024

Arts Council urges participation in Cardboard Challenge

Courtesy of the San Benito Arts Council:

The community is invited to participate in this year’s San Benito County Cardboard Challenge by creating something amazing out of cardboard and imagination. This free program is coordinated by the San Benito County Arts Council as part of their Steam Initiative in partnership with the YMCA of San Benito County, Youth Alliance, and San Benito County Integrated Waste Management. Together, they’re encouraging residents of San Benito County to make cardboard creations to celebrate the power of creative play.

Due to restrictions related to COVID-19, this year’s event has been adapted to adhere to CDC guidelines and local restrictions and recommendations. Celebrations will take place virtually and in designated at-school and afterschool programs at local school sites.

To participate virtually, community members are encouraged to create anything they can imagine out of cardboard! The only rule is that the cardboard should still be recyclable after it’s been transformed. Pencils, paper, markers, and small amounts of glue are ideal. Past projects have included an entire city, wearable butterfly wings, a life-sized Steph Curry, and even a taco truck.

During the week of October 19th-23rd event partners will be highlighting celebrations happening county-wide. Show your creativity by sharing a photo of your cardboard creation via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using #sanbenitoarts. Submissions can also be made to [email protected]. Shared images will be reposted on the San Benito County Arts Council’s social media channels.

More about the Global Cardboard Challenge

The Imagination Foundation, invites the world to participate each year, now 10 years running, in their Annual Global Cardboard Challenge. Inspired by the short film, ‘Caine’s Arcade,’ the Global Cardboard Challenge is a worldwide celebration of child creativity and the role communities can play in fostering it. Every September, kids are challenged to create and build out of cardboard, recycled materials, and imagination.

Then, on the first Saturday in October celebrating the anniversary of the flash mob that came out to make Caine’s day, communities come together and play. Since its launch, the Imagination Foundation’s Cardboard Challenge has engaged 1,933,105 participants in 80 countries and was named a Champion in LEGO Foundation’s ‘Re-imagine Learning’ Challenge.

For more on the Arts Council’s Arts in Education Programs, visit www.sanbenitoarts.org. For more information on the San Benito County Cardboard Challenge, contact Amanda Chiado at [email protected].

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