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Chiquita Canyon And CalArts Announce Winners Of Scholarship

Chiquita Canyon And CalArts Announce Winners Of Scholarship

Chiquita Canyon, an innovative local business with a 9.2 mega watt clean energy facility, and California Institute of the Arts (“CalArts”) announced the winners of the 2013 Found Art Scholarship Program at a gallery reception Thursday.

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 Chiquita Canyon once again partnered with CalArts for the Found Art Scholarship Program to showcase the unique artistic creativity of CalArts students in transforming objects found at the landfill into art and awarded $8,500 in scholarships to the winners.

Nicole Pun was awarded first place ($4,000 scholarship), Taralyn Thomas was awarded second place ($2,500 scholarship), Taylor Lovio was awarded third place ($1,500 scholarship) and Lisandra Vasquez was named runner-up ($500 scholarship sponsored by Dave Bossert, CalArts Alum).

The works were judged by a panel consisting of representatives from CalArts and the local arts community.

The Found Art Scholarship program was designed to demonstrate the unique artistic creativity of CalArts students. To be eligible for the competition, undergraduate and graduate CalArts students utilized “found”  items from Chiquita Canyon Landfill to create innovative pieces of art. Guidelines of the project stated that at least 80 percent of each piece must be comprised of materials collected at the landfill.

Students that entered pieces in the competition visited Chiquita Canyon last month to select items to use in their works.

“Chiquita Canyon has a long history of actively supporting our community,” said Mike Dean, regional vice president of Southern California for Chiquita Canyon. “We wanted to create another opportunity to give back to the Santa Clarita Valley as well as support student artists. We are grateful the Found Art Scholarship Program allows us to support CalArts and its talented students.”

The second place Found Art Scholarship recipient in the 2012 program, Emily Shanahan, graciously donated her work of art to the West Ranch Art and Wine Gala which helps raise funds for local arts organizations in the Santa Clarita Valley. Since its inception in 2008, the annual event has raised more than $320,000 for the arts in the Santa Clarita Valley.

Chiquita Canyon has committed to conduct the Found Art Scholarship program again with CalArts for the 2014 Spring Semester.

About Chiquita Canyon
Chiquita Canyon is located in Castaic, California, approximately 3 miles west of the Interstate 5 on State Route 126 in the Santa Clarita Valley. It has been in continuous operation for more than 40 years and is owned and operated by Waste Connections, an integrated solid waste services company. Chiquita Canyon provides the Santa Clarita Valley and surrounding Los Angeles communities with environmentally safe and efficient waste disposal services.

Chiquita Canyon, like other solid waste landfills, over time generates a greenhouse gas, methane, which can be
safely converted into a valuable source of clean energy.

Chiquita deploys a gas-recovery system to collect methane, which is then used to generate clean energy for nearly 10,000 homes each year.

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