Learn to Make a Recycled Art Project with Donated Vaccine Caps at the Clifton Arts Center


The Clifton Arts Center and Clifton Recreation Department present “Breakthrough Art” an outreach community recycled art project on Tuesday, July 26th from 5:30pm-7:30pm outside the grounds of Clifton Arts Center, a free event open to all ages.

This “Breakthrough Art” project is a way for the Clifton community to take recycled items and make them into unique and meaningful art. A local Clifton pharmacy, Green Apple Pharmacy is providing vacccine caps to be used to make the art, which have been sanitized and are safe for use.  Clifton Recreation is supplying the other art supplies.  Green Apple Pharmacy will also provide water and ice tea beverages for everyone that participates.

Recycling into art, especially during the pandemic, has been a popular art therapeutic process as well as a way to create unique art. Medical professionals have been creating mosaic like art from the caps and scraps. Canadian nurse, Shawn Toovey from St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver stated “every vaccine cap symbolizes hope”. Dr. Julia McKillen, anesthesiologist created “Vial Cap Eye” which was published in The Journal of American Society of Anesthesiology in October of 2021. She stated, “I started collecting the caps and at the end of the day, I would look down at my collection and instead of focusing on the pain it represented, I focused on the beauty I could create.”

An example of an art project made with recycled vaccine caps

Participants will also have the opportunity to visit inside the Arts Center Gallery and view the current exhibit, “Genes & Genius” by Gary Erbe and Chantell Van Erbe’.

Registration for this free event is required. Please register online at www.cliftonrec.com.

The Arts Center is located on the grounds of the Clifton Municipal Complex, near the Well Water on Well Road. Admission fee suggestion is three dollars. For more information check the website at: www.cliftonartscenter.org

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