These days, I spend most of my time painting for the Community Art Project at the CRP Downtown Center. One of my favorite things about being here is that I get to be so close to the new Upcycling Program.

Every day, the center is filled with the sounds of machinery and the chatter of men and women dedicating their time and brain power to making sustainable products.

The first step to making something in this program is being creative and open-minded.

There are eight nationalities represented in the Upcycling Program and each project the group takes on is truly collaborative. They partner together to make the products and to figure out alternative solutions to any challenges that arise.

One of the pilot initiatives is making beautiful reusable totes from nothing more than disposable plastic bags.

Seems like magic, right?


Milkay Teysir
CRP Summer Intern