R-U-M-B-A Competition Guidelines & Entry Form

Calling all Teachers & Students k-12 in the Tucson area!


Tucson Clean and Beautiful and Children’s Museum Tucson invites teachers and students k-12th grade to participate in the R.U.M.B.A. (Re-Used Materials Becoming Art) showcase and competition. The “Recycled Art” competition will be held on Saturday April 20th, 2024 at the Children’s Museum Tucson Earth Day Event. Any material can be used to make RUMBA, if it has already been used and might be on its way to the trash or recycling bin, use it! Scraps of fabric, material, paper, wood, old toys, and parts of broken things are the foundation for this art.


R.U.M.B.A. Creations must be submitted by class, individually or as a group. We encourage group projects! Creations must be in the form of a wall hanging, no larger than 4 ft. to fit in pre-designated wall space inside the Children's Museum. Entries must be exclusively comprised of used materials. Fastening materials and hardware for hanging may include tape, glue, wall hooks, and/or string. Earth Day event attendees will submit votes for various categories for K-12th grade entries. Participants' artwork will be exhibited during the Children’s Museum Earth Event, April 20th in the Fiesta room. Winning entries will be relocated and exhibited throughout the Children’s museum for one month! Special prizes and award certificates will be sent to the winners after the event. All entries receive a certificate of participation.


To participate in the RUMBA showcase and competition , teachers must provide their email address and register their student(s) via google form or return the registration form below to jaime@tucsoncleanandbeautiful.org  by April 10th, 2024

All artwork must be hand delivered to Tucson Clean & Beautiful (1360 E Irvington Rd, 85714) by Thursday April 18th, or teachers may drop-off artwork on Friday April 19th at the Children's Museum Tucson (200 S 6th Ave, 85701) between 3pm and 5pm. Please be sure to secure art pieces and backing. Tucson Clean and Beautiful and Childrens Muesum Tucson will ensure all artwork is handle with care but will not be responsible for broken artwork and/or fallen pieces.

Please fill out all information below, including a mailing address to mail prizes!

More information on the Children’s Museum Earth Day Festival can be found online at https://childrensmuseumtucson.org/events/earth-day-2023/

Questions about the RUMBA contest?

Email jaime@tucsoncleanandbeautiful.org

Flyers & more information at https://tucsoncleanandbeautiful.org/waste-reduction/rumba-recycled-art-contest/

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Email *
Teacher name: *
School name, mailing address, and school/teacher phone #: *
Select class grade level:  *
Artist name(s):   *
Please have students share the title of entry and a short description of their RUMBA creation. They can go into as little or as much information as they would like. Their story is important to share! 
For example:
1)Title of entry
2)What materials did you use? 
3)What message are you trying to send? 
4What was the process of creating your RUMBA entry? 
5)Why is climate change and/or waste management important to you?

(This info will be used on artist display cards)
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