Core in the Community

2020 Recycled Sculpture Contest Winners

Happy Birthday to Mama Earth!!

We are thrilled to announce our winners from the 4th Annual Recycled Sculpture Contest! Congrats to all the winners, step outside today and celebrate this beautiful Earth and all she does to protect and keep us. Thanks for making eARTh and creating joy!

Most Inspirational: Ariel Jillian Amorin, a 1st grader at Pocasset Elementary (Tiverton) with “Ariel’s Very Hungry Caterpillar”
Most Life Like: Noah Chuck Rozea, a 2nd grader at Guiteras Elementary (Bristol) with “Robot”
Most Surreal: Avery Walsh, a 5th grader at Guiteras Elementary (Bristol) with “Garden in a Cup”
Most Playful: Adelynn Medeiros, a K student at Pocasset Elementary (Tiverton) with “Maraca”
Most Fun for Pets: Celina Medeiros, a 4th grader at Pocasset Elementary (Tiverton) with “Catty Toy”
Most Colorful: Rylan Ellary Kinnane, a 3rd grader at Howard Hathaway (Portsmouth) with her creation


2020 Recycled Sculpture Contest


Bringing Creativity & Recycling Awareness Together

The CORE Organization is proud to announce our 4th annual Recycled Sculpture Contest, which will be held online this year. 

Create at home and submit pics of your finished sculptures by 5:00 PM on Saturday, April 20h via email:  Our judge is MAXMAN from Rhode Island Resource Recovery. Winners will be announced on Earth Day (April 22nd) and win $25 Amazon gift cards.  (Entries must include your name, grade, school and contact information.)

This contest is open to all K–8 students in CORE partner schools in Rhode Island:  Tiverton (Pocasset, Ranger and Fort Barton Elementary Schools and Tiverton Middle School); Portsmouth (Hathaway and Melville Elementary); Little Compton (Wilbur & McMahon School) and Bristol (Guiteras Elementary).

Prizes will be awarded to the top winner in each of the following five categories:

  1.  Most Inspirational (which sculpture invites you to want to create another sculpture?)
  2.  Most Colorful (which sculpture uses the most colors?)
  3.  Most Playful (which sculpture is the most amusing or funny?)
  4.  Most Surreal (which sculpture is the most unreal, strange or dreamlike?)
  5.  Most Life-like (which sculpture is the most realistic?)

Contest Rules

1. Only 1 entry per student. (Please include name, grade, school and contact information with your submission.)
2. NO GLASS and no materials that previously contained a hazardous substance are permitted to be used in the sculpture, if you are unsure about something you may want to use please call CORE at (401)749-1203 or email us at
3. All other recycled materials can be used, recycled meaning materials that have been used at least once and would have otherwise ended up in your recycle bin or trash.
4. Sculptures should be designed and built by students.
5. The only non-recycled materials permitted are glue, tape, screws or nails
6. Sculptures should not be so heavy or so large that it can’t be easily moved by 1 person.


Second Saturdays at Bourne Mill Updated

Second Saturday’s at Bourne Mill held its last class on Saturday, June 8, 2019 with a final acting class.  This 10-month project provided arts enrichment to children residing at Bourne Mill and we are grateful to Rhode Island State Council for the Arts for providing an Arts Access Grant for this program.  Thank you to all our teaching artist and assistants that worked each Saturday to help make this program happen.  Below are some photographs taken during some of the classes for all to see the enjoy this program brought to Bourne Mill.



A Community Project

Bringing creativity & recycling awareness together

This contest is open to all students in all the schools CORE classes are available so Hathaway, Melville, Wilbur & McMahon, Fort Barton, Pocasset and Ranger, check out those recycle bins and put your creativity cap on!  Show us what you’ve got!

The 2019 recycled sculpture contest kicks off on March 6, 2019 at Fort Barton Elementary school at 1pm with a presentation my Maxman from Rhode Island Resource Recovery.  We will then move over to Ranger Elementary for a 2:15pm presentation and Pocasset you are on deck for Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 1pm.  We have some exciting changes to our program this year like the Kids Choice Awards, email pre-registration and a printer ink recycling day!  Check out the details here:  Recycled Sculpture Contest 2019 book pdf



Portraits to Puppets

Portraits to Puppets is a specialized 5 month arts literacy program CORE is implementing with Pocasset kindergartens and Mr. Tracey’s Advanced Art Students at Tiverton High School.  This project is being organized and led by Tiverton Senior Emma Phillips for her senior project.  Kindergarten students will create a self portrait with the help of THS art students-that image will then be fabriacted into a puppet with the assistance of advanced art students and local artists.  Once the puppets are completed, artists and students meet and discuss the process, and kindergarten students will write, with assistance, a brief narrative on what it feels like to see their portrait come to life.  Family and friends will be invited to a gallery reception where art work will be on display.


Beginning September 8, 2018 CORE will be in the community providing arts enrichment programs to the children of Bourne Mill!  CORE continues it Second Saturday program from September 2018 thru June 2019 at Bourne Mill.  Each month there will be a different art format, giving children living in Bourne Mill the opportunity to explore all different art forms!  From acting & dance, to painting & writing, the creating and learning will last the entire year!  If you live in Bourne Mill and would like to participate in 1 or all of the classes, please sign up in the Bourne Mill Office.  Details of the program can be found by clicking the link below.

Bourne Mill Program Details

The Bourne Mill program has been made possible by a very generous grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts