For the IDEAS CITY Festival, Bash the Trash will build instruments from trash and perform for their project “Sustainable City Sounds.” 

IDEAS CITY, a biennial Festival in New York City from May 1 – May 4, explores the future of cities around the globe with the belief that arts and culture are essential to the vitality of urban centers, making them better places to live, work, and play. This year’s theme is Untapped Capital, with participants focused on resources that are under-recognized or underutilized in our cities. Learn more at

ORGANIZATION: Bash the Trash Environmental Arts LLC

NAME: John Bertles

PROJECT TITLE: Sustainable City Sounds

Bash the Trash (BTT) is an environmental arts education group that builds, performs, and informs with musical instruments made from reused and repurposed materials. Based in the New York City area, BTT combines science, music, and environmental awareness through performances, educational programs, and social initiatives. Formed in 1988 by the husband/wife team John Bertles and Carina Piaggio, BTT reaches over fifty thousand students, teachers, and parents each year.

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