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Howard County Recreation & Parks’ Robinson Nature Center debuts “Eco-Art Residency” with community painting event  

March 8, 2018

Media Contacts:
John R. Byrd, Director, Department of Recreation & Parks, 410-313-4640
Anna Hunter, Marketing & Office of Public Information, Department of Recreation & Parks, 410-313-4686
Stacey Yankee, Director, Robinson Nature Center, 410-313-0400

COLUMBIA, MD – Howard County Department of Recreation & Parks Director John R. Byrd and Robinson Nature Center Director Stacey Yankee today announced a community trashcan paint-by-numbers event on Sunday, March 18 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. to kick off a long-term “Eco-Art Residency” at the County’s Robinson Nature Center in Columbia. 

“Our nature center prides itself on involving and informing the community through sustainable projects,” stated Byrd. “The beautifully painted recycling bins will catch people’s eyes and remind them to recycle.”

In September 2017, the Robinson Nature Center selected an artist, Sarah Causey, to take part in the Center’s first ever “Eco-Art Residency.” The Eco-Art Residency will focus on visually highlighting the fate of trash through painting 14 outdoor trash and recycling receptacles with original murals. The goal of the Eco-Art Residency is to encourage the public to consider where they dispose of their trash. As the receptacles are completed, they will be placed on display throughout the grounds of the Robinson Nature Center, with all expected to be completed this fall.  

“In order to encourage sustainability, I wanted to create an opportunity for a visual artist to help the public consider their habits in a whole new way,” explained Marisa Olszewski, Special Projects & Exhibit Coordinator at the Robinson Nature Center. “Art has made people reconsider their perspective on a number of issues throughout history.”

“Inspiring environmental awareness and responsible stewardship of natural resources lies at the heart of our mission,” stated Yankee. “We are committed to finding diverse methods for connecting with the public on these issues, including through the arts.”

Sarah Causey, the selected artist, received a grant from the Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiative at Arizona State University to design and facilitate an art project that will promote sustainability at the Robinson Nature Center. Causey is passionate about environmental stewardship and sustainability. She served two years in AmeriCorps with the Maryland Conservation Corps and pursued a career in natural resource management. She has also already left her artistic mark at Robinson Nature Center through signs, a mosaic table in the backyard habitat area, hand-illustrated alphabet letters and on the banners of a new, temporary outdoor A to Z trail exhibit that will open March 14.

While participation in the community trashcan paint-by-numbers event is free, non-members must pay a general admission fee to the Center ($3 for children 3-17 years and $5 for adults).

For more information about the Robinson Nature Center, visit or call 410-313-0400. 

For information about Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, visit