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Teaching Artist: Patricia A. Barrera

Assistants: Christine Rhodes, Margaret Kearney

Site: South Philadelphia High School


About the Project

Mural Arts Philadelphia Trash Academy is a “collaboratory” between community members in Southeast Philly, artists, and environmental activists. Supported by Restored Spaces Initiative and LandHealth Institute, Trash Academy inspires a wellspring of actions around trash issues and will test and share the best grassroots solutions that emerge.


The Trashmobile is a mobile unit designed by youth to educate, inform, and collect information about people’s experience of trash and trash management in Philadelphia. The Trashmobile is designed to meet communities where they are at neighborhood events, community meetings, street fairs, etc., and to provide a playful entry point to a discussion about a complicated issue. Youth from Trash Academy created games and activities designed to engage their audiences around the issue of trash. The Trashmobile is operated by a group of industrious high school students from all across the city.

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