St. Christine is a Roman Catholic church ⇒ and kindergarten through eighth-grade school ⇒ located in Youngstown, Ohio. The church claims 2,500 parishioners with the school claiming 500 students. St. Christine was built on land donated in the early 1950s by former Mahoning County Democratic Party chairman Fred Shutrump to the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown ⇒ on the condition that the church be named in honor of his mom’s patron saint, St. Christina ⇒.
The Waste Audit Team described by this shirt was composed of the school students, teachers, and advisers from Mahoning County Government. The kids were charged with collecting information on businesses and see where those businesses can do better for the environment. Waste Audit Assignment would be a more accurate term, but would be less fun for the kids.
I visited a fair that the church put on one year to meet up with Donor Phil* and non-donor Leigh Ann. I was too old to enjoy fairs anymore so I left. Had I ever gone to a St. Christine fair when I was young enough to enjoy church fairs I would be able to directly compare the church’s festival to others that I did visit.
This shirt design mentions an “OEEF Grant”. This means that the Waste Audit Team got money from the State of Ohio through the Ohio Environmental Education Fund ⇒ which is administered by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency ⇒. The fund is supported by taking half of judgement money from air and water polluters that lose in civil court in cases brought by the State. Grants are issued on a yearly to education institutions, the general public, and companies or corporations.
This shirt was ready to be consigned to history within a box never intended to be looked at again by whoever had Donor Dan*‘s office before him. Fortunately, Dan decided to search through that box. Being mindful of what is being cast aside through either recycling or trash is sensible.
Dan informed me of this shirt because he knew that I would wear the shirt. We both agree that reuse is preferable to recycling. Indeed, Free Shirt Archive can be thought of as a celebration of reusing materials. The recontextualization that takes occurs is utilized with web technology rather than with the fabric. Dan also made a correct guess of my aesthetic sensibilities.