Friday, July 19, 2013

Plastic Trash Inspires Art and Music in Brooklyn

Plastic Trash Inspires Art and Music in Brooklyn

July 18, 2013 – New York, NY – Though no one wants to encounter trash at the ocean or on the beach, plastic inspires art and music this Saturday at the “Plastic Art for a Healthy Ocean” event. For a contest hosted by the What You Can Do web and TV series, artists submitted 2D or 3D ocean-inspired pieces using primarily plastics and other mixed media. What You Can Do celebrates the oceans this summer, featuring ideas to help issues such as overfishing, pollution and wildlife preservation in new episodes. The series also spotlights a woman inspired to live plastic free by a Laysian albatross at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in videos "Plastic Free for a Year" and "Bird is the Word…For Going Plastic Free."

The “Plastic Art for a Healthy Ocean” contest culminates in a night of art and live music at the Bushwick Coffee House in Brooklyn, New York this Saturday, July 20th at 7:30 pm. The What You Can Do team will announce the winner of a $100 cash prize for their artwork, along with a matching donation to an ocean conservation charity. The winner will also receive a gift basket and gift certificate from CeleBritAy, a Brooklyn based company that offers natural health and beauty goods for men and women in an environmentally friendly fashion. The evening will kick off at 7:30 pm with an exhibit of submitted art work, followed by live music from the Sea Monsters, KNTRLR and Janet LaBelle at 9pm. Admission is free at 7:30 pm and will be $10 starting at 9pm.

“After visiting experts at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, California and Parker Manatee Aquarium in Bradenton, Florida, we discovered small changes can make a big difference for our oceans,” shared Alicia Arinella, What You Can Do executive producer. “We can’t wait to see the creativity inspired by passion to preserve our oceans with the ‘Plastic Art for a Healthy Ocean’ contest and event.”

Below is a sampling of some of the artwork submissions: 

An ocean-inspired piece created by Tiffany Gholar ( 
Plastic Art for a Healthy Ocean - entry 1 by Lee Lee

Submission by Mary Martire:

The Webby Awards named What You Can Do as an official honoree in the Public Service and Activism category for 2013. The series also received the 2012 Humanitarian Award from the Accolade Competition in recognition of the mission to help change the world, one minute at a time. Houston World Fest, the oldest independent film and video festival in the world, presented What You Can Do with a Gold Remi Award for Television Commercials/Public Service Announcements in 2013.

Produced by On the Leesh Productions in New York City, the What You Can Do web and television series spotlights easy and powerful ways to help solve important issues such as rainforest preservation, climate change, hunger and animal cruelty. The series has been featured in Better Homes & GardensThe Daily Green web site, Mrs. Green’s World radio show and Videography Magazine. To view What You Can Do episodes and for more information, visit:

On the Leesh Productions is a New York City based company that creates film, web series and corporate video. For more information about On the Leesh, visit:

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Ashley Kaufman                                                                                                           

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