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For Immediate Release

For Immediate Release                                            
Tuscaloosa City Schools
Contact: Jeffrey R. Schultz



(Tuscaloosa, Ala.) Tuscaloosa City Schools will host its 4th annual Canstruction, Jr. event Feb. 28-March 3, 2017. The event will include 15 school teams creating large sculptures made from canned food items. The continuing partnership with The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa provides the second opportunity for these unique student works to be displayed at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center. TCS students have raised over 20,000 pounds of food for the West Alabama Food Bank through this project-based learning opportunity.

Canstruction® is a unique international nonprofit organization which hosts competitions, exhibitions and events showcasing large structures made entirely out of full cans of food. After the structures are built the creations are on display to the public as a giant art exhibition. At the end of the viewing, all food will be donated to the West Alabama Food Bank.

The event fits with the vision of the TCS curriculum by providing students opportunities for collaborative, hands-on learning targeting real world problems – in this case, hunger. Students integrate the skills of math and geometry, art and design, physics and engineering, as well as 3D rendering in creating their structures, and the community service component makes this a win-win for all involved.


Schedule of Events:

  • Monday, February 27, 2017 – Team building event (school teams only)    9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 28-March 3 – Works remain on public display at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center, 620 Greensboro Ave, Tuscaloosa, at the corner of 7th Ave.
  • Friday, March 3, 2017 – Public reception 5 - 6 p.m. with awards ceremony at 5:45 in conjunction with First Friday.

Gallery hours are weekdays 9 a.m.-noon and 1 -4 p.m.

The Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center is located at 620 Greensboro Avenue in Downtown Tuscaloosa. For more information about the CAC, The Arts Council or Bama Theatre, patrons should LIKE the Facebook page “The Arts Council – Bama Theatre – Cultural Arts Center” and follow tuscarts on Twitter. Call 205-758-5195 or visit tuscarts.org for further information.




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