Scrap Can Be Beautiful

In 2023, CMC hosted the 45th installment of our annual Scrap Can Be Beautiful contest and exhibit. Since 1978, we’ve hosted this event in collaboration with the Booker T. Washington School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, Texas.

Sculpture students from the high school use CMC-donated scrap metal to create their own works of art. They enter their projects into a design competition judged by art industry professionals and artists. They can also enter their creations into a silent auction, where CMC employees bid on the artwork.

CMC donates between 5,000 and 10,000 pounds of scrap metal annually to Booker T. Washington for the contest. Learn more about our ongoing support of the annual Scrap Can Be Beautiful exhibit here.

In Poland, students from CMC’s sponsored patronage class also produced and displayed unique works of art using the metal and welding techniques they learned. Overall, these programs bring awareness to the community about the value of scrap, recycling and the circular economy, as well as a career path in steel manufacturing.

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