The John A. Legnitto Environmental Learning Center
The John A. Legnitto Environmental Learning Center (ELC) at Recology San Francisco houses a classroom, a gallery featuring work made by artists who have participated in the Artist in Residence (AIR) Program, and the AIR Program offices. The ELC is also the starting point for tours of the Recology San Francisco facility.
Outreach and Education
More than 5,000 children and adults attend tours annually that include visits to the solid waste transfer center, the recycling facility at Pier 96, the sculpture garden, and the artists’ studio. Recology works with the Department of the Environment to schedule tours for San Francisco school students in grades three to six. Tours for adults take place weekly. These tours have an enormous impact on the way people think about the waste stream. Once a person sees what happens to the things they throw away, they have a greater consciousness about their own consumption and recycling practices.
Beyond attending tours, youth have participated in collaborative projects with artists-in-residence. Susan Leibovitz Steinman worked with seventy-five students on the building of The River of Hopes and Dreams, Remi Rubel worked with forty-five members of the San Francisco Conservation Corps’ Youth in Action group on a large-scale bottle-cap mural, and the musical composition that Nathaniel Stookey created during his residency was performed by the percussion section of the San Francisco Symphony’s Youth Orchestra at the Herbst Theater. These interactions between the artists-in-residence and the community are an integral and inspiring component of the program.
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