International Journal of Education & the Arts

Volume 15 Number 2

April 19, 2014

Recycling Material Culture: Environmentalism, Free Art Supplies, and the Artsjunktion

Dustin Garnet
Concordia University, Canada

Citation: Garnet, D. (2014). Recycling material culture: Environmentalism, free art supplies, and Artsjunktion. International Journal of Education & the Arts, 15(Number 2). Retrieved [date] from
Sometimes the small initiatives that school boards undertake can create a major and lasting difference in the learning opportunities offered in the classroom. Almost always these initiatives are championed by an individual or team whose efforts determine their success or failure. The following historical account will highlight one successful initiative by a school board and the champion who maintains its success. The Artsjunktion is a space allocated by the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) for businesses, organizations and individuals to donate their 'stuff' to be used in all areas of the arts curriculum. This paper will touch on budgetary concerns, arts leadership and environmental impacts, but most importantly this history will be a multi-layered reconstruction of archival research, oral history, and material culture.

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