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Tuscaloosa City Schools to host 5th annual Tuscaloosa Can! service learning event in support of efforts to combat regional hunger the week of Feb. 25.
In a continued response to the persistent concern of food insecurity in the lives of citizens in West Alabama, this year’s expanded event features more than 20 school teams creating large sculptures made from canned food items. After the structures are built the creations remain on display to the public as a giant art exhibition. At the end of the viewing, all food is donated to the West Alabama Food Bank.
Over the past four years, Tuscaloosa City students and schools have raised more than 40,000 pounds of food for the West Alabama Food Bank through similar projects. As part of our growing partnerships with The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa and the West Alabama Food Bank, we invite other public or private schools, and higher education institutions, to join our cause as we grow this event toward 2020.
The event fits with the vision of 21st Century curriculum goals by providing students opportunities for service-based, collaborative, hands-on learning targeting real world problems – in this case, regional hunger. Students integrate the skills of math and geometry, art and design, physics and engineering, as well as 3D rendering in creating their structures.
In an effort to expand awareness of food insecurity in our community, and increase the volume of food donated from this project, this year’s structures are on display Feb. 25 - March 1 at downtown Tuscaloosa venues including the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center, Harrison Gallery, and more. Awards will be presented to school teams at the Tuscaloosa First Friday event held on Friday, March 1 at 5:45 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend and complete the First Friday Art Walk to view all of the structures.
School teams are collecting cash and cans for their project. Please consider donating specific items or cash for cans to the school of your choice.
Watch the reactions as system winners were announced.