Hollins is one of nine contending teams taking part in the second annual Canstruction Southwest Virginia, a “can do” event raising hunger awareness and collecting food through a colossal canned food sculpture competition.
This year’s exhibit will be on display at downtown Roanoke’s Taubman Museum of Art, November 7 – 22.
All day on Friday, November 7, the public is encouraged to vote for their favorite “cansculpture” by bringing $1 or one can, per vote, to the Taubman. Opening Night Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. and winning cansculptures are revealed during an awards ceremony at 6 p.m. The “People’s Choice” winner will be announced at 7 p.m.
Collection bins will be placed inside the Taubman Museum throughout the entire Canstruction SWVA exhibit to accept donations of even more cans of food from the public. When the exhibit closes, cansculptures are dismantled and all cans collected and used to create cansculptures go directly to the Feeding America Southwest Virginia food bank for distribution to people confronting hunger who live throughout our region – just in time for the Thanksgiving season.
Last year’s inaugural Canstruction SWVA event raised nearly 27,000 cans, totaling more than 27,181 pounds of food, making it Feeding America’s second largest food drive. Event organizers estimate that this year’s Canstruction SWVA will contribute more than 35,000 cans plus the donations of canned food dropped off at the Taubman by visitors to the exhibit.