Oakland’s Re-Create Art Contest

Oakland’s Re-Create Art Contest Now Underway


Students in Oakland schools are invited to participate in the 2015 Re-Create Art Contest, Oakland’s annual recycled art competition.  Participants will use discarded or reused materials in a creative application of the 4Rs – reduce, reuse, recycle, and rot (compost). All Oakland students in grades TK-12 are eligible to participate in the contest. Art supply sets, and theater and museum passes will be awarded to contest winners.

Deadline for submissions is Saturday November 21, 2015.  For complete contest information, see the Re-Create brochure or visit www.proartsgallery.org.

A public reception and awards ceremony will be held on Friday December 4, 2015, from  5:30-7pm  at Pro Arts Gallery, 150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, CA.

Oakland’s Re-Create 2015 Art Contest and Traveling Exhibition is sponsored by the City of Oakland, Public Works Department and produced by Pro Arts Gallery.


Free Re-Create Workshops

Pro Arts will provide FREE hands-on workshops at the following Oakland Public Library branches to assist the students in creating artwork from discarded materials:

Slide Show of Previous Exhibits

For a slide show of previous exhibits, click here.


Bulky Item Drop Off and Compost Giveaway – May 2016

Free Bulky Item Drop Off – Saturday, May 7, 2016 | Free Compost Giveaway – Saturday, May 14, 2016

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Free Bulky Item Drop Off Event

Saturday, May 7, 2016
10 am – 2 pm
Davis Street Transfer Station
2615 Davis Street, San Leandro


  • Oakland residents* may drop off bulky materials for free, FOUR times a year on the first Saturday in August, November, February and May.

*Oakland residents only. Bring an official ID or utility bill as proof of residency.

  • Maximum materials allowed:**
    • Two (2) pieces of furniture
    • Two (2) large appliances,
    • Four (4) passenger auto tires
    • Four (4) Mattresses
    • Unlimited electronics
    • NO trash**

**A $45 minimum disposal fee will be charged for any other item, or bags of trash.

(Next Free Bulky Drop Off Event will be Saturday, August 6, 2016)


Free Compost Giveaway EventCompost-Giveaway-May-2016-Flier-Image

Saturday, May 14, 2016
9 am – 1 pm
Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center Parking Lot
10 10th St, Oakland, CA

(Please note the lot is only accessible via the west end of 10th St. due to road closure along estuary at 2nd Ave.  Nearest cross street is Oak St.)


  • Take home a free bag* of certified organic WM EarthCare™ Homegrown Compost made from Oakland food scraps and certified for organic farming.
  • Take the pledge to compost for a greener, cleaner Oakland. Receive a free kitchen pail* to collect your food scraps at home.

*Limit of one bag and one pail per household – available on a first come first serve basis. Must show proof of Oakland residency with a driver’s license or utility bill.

Download an event flier:

Free Compost Giveaway Event May 14, 2016

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