Kutztown artists host Recycled Fashion Show

Submitted by Kris Tuerk Tyler Akers, Krista Kunkle, and Amelia Scheffler placed in the top third of their age group, High School, and were invited to join Project Innovate, in its second year, at the PAEA Conference in Bethlehem this past October.
Submitted by Kris Tuerk KAMS team Haley Dunkelberger and Odessa Mark.

Kutztown art students present Project Innovate: Songs of the Century Recycled Fashion Show March 28, from 7-9 p.m. at Kutztown High School.

This production has been established by the 2013 2nd Prize High School Regional Team: Tyler Akers, Krista Kunkel and Amelia Scheffler. Their recycled fashions will be showcased during the show.

Two design teams from Kutztown Area School Districts Adventures in the Land of Art attended the Design Challenge, Project Innovate held at Kutztown University on May 4, 2013.

Project Innovate is a Pennsylvania Art Education Associate (PAEA) design challenge, which encourages students to upcycle trash into wearable art. The projects aim is to build and enhance 21st century learning skills through innovation and collaboration.


Kris Tuerk, Carla Majczan, and Justin Tuerk decided to get involved with the challenge and ran the Adventures in the Land of Art after school program focused on gathering students interested. Starting with seven teams and meeting every Tuesday after school, students met and collaborated on creating Recycled Outfits. Then at Kutztown Middle Schools annual Festival of the Arts, students were able to show off their creations to all their family and friends.

All of this eventually led up to the big event on May 4, where two out of the seven design teams took on the challenge schools from around the state. The event was held at Kutztown University where recycled art had taken over the campus.

It was a day filled with so many innovative and impressive designs. There were dresses made from trash bags, Capri Sun juice pouches, old tires, soda tabs, guitar tabs, coffee cup sleeves, and so much more.

The Recycled Fashion Show on March 28 is sponsored by the Festival of the Arts. The district is working to develop a Mentorship Program between the Middle School and High School Student Council. There is an entrance fee. The event also supports Friend Inc. For every non-perishable item, $1 will be deducted from the entrance fee.