Texas State Aquarium and Reliant Team Up to Encourage Children to Get Creative and Help Clean Up Local Beaches
April 22, 2021
Plastic Free Sea” honors Earth Day and invites local children to create artwork from plastics and recyclable material found on the shore!
CORPUS CHRISTI, TX, – In honor of Earth Day as thousands of visitors get ready to spend summer along Texas’ iconic beaches, Reliant is partnering with the Texas State Aquarium to highlight the impact trash and debris have on the Gulf coast and marine life. The “Plastic Free Sea” is a new competition featuring artwork made by local children from single-use plastic and other recycled material gathered from Corpus Christi-area beaches.
Kicking off on Earth Day, April 22, Reliant and the Aquarium are inviting children under 12 years old to participate in a virtual art contest showcasing artwork made from material collected from their local beaches. The winner will receive four admission tickets to the Aquarium and the artwork will be displayed as part of the “Washed up Texas” installation at the Texas State Aquarium until September 2021. Reliant will also award the winning student’s school with a $2,000 prize.
“We are honored to be a part of a fun, educational event with the Texas State Aquarium, an organization we have loved supporting over the years,” said Elizabeth Killinger, president of Reliant. “Partnering with the Aquarium to inspire the next generation of Texans through this creative initiative will provide an impactful learning experience while giving them the opportunity to enjoy the beaches with their families.”
It has been estimated that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish, and this event is designed to highlight the devastating effects of marine debris in Texas oceans while promoting the steps community members can take to protect the environment. The Texas State Aquarium regularly features exhibits showcasing the urgency of the situation and this event will allow children to participate and feel the impact they can have on a small scale.