Information for School Groups

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Schedule Your Group Visit!

This year’s Canstruction Exhibition will be a virtual exhibit. It is currently scheduled as follows:

  • Monday, January 11, 2021 - Sunday, January 31, 2021 Canstruction New York Virtual Exhibit
  • week of January 18, 2021 Judging
  • week of January 25, 2021 Award winners will be announced on social media
  • through January 31, 2021 Canstruction New York Virtual Food Drive/fundraising
  • Sunday, January 31, 2021 Virtual DeCanstruction
  • Sunday, January 31, 2021 People’s Choice Voting Closes

About the Virtual Competition

View the 2019 Press Release

Canstruction New York awards will be given in the following categories:

Canstruction International Award categories, which go on to the International Awards Competition:

1 for Best Original Design
1 for Best Use of Labels
1 for Most Cans
1 for People’s Choice

Canstruction New York Award categories, which are only given locally:

1 for the Cheri C. Melillo Award (nicknamed the Cheri)
1 for Best Meal
The jury may chose to award 2 Honorable Mention Awards at their discretion

All Canstruction International Award winners go on to compete internationally through submission of images to a panel of jurors. The winners are announced at the AIA and SDA conventions in Spring 2021. The international jury may give additional awards.

Maximum size of structure is 10'L x 10'W x 10'H.


About Canstruction®

Canstruction® is a not for profit charity, founded by the SDA, which hosts competitions and events creating awe-inspiring, gigantic structures made entirely out of non-perishable food. Teams of volunteers, which include design industry professionals, participate in Canstruction® events in over 100 cities around the world each year. The can art sculptures are on exhibit to the public in each city where a competition is held. The public is invited to donate non-perishable food items during the exhibition. At the close of an exhibition, all food from the structures and public donations are donated to local food banks.   Canstruction® New York has donated over 2 million pounds of food to local hunger relief organizations since 1993, and over 1.2 million pounds to City Harvest since 2006. Since 1992, Canstruction® has raised nearly 82 million pounds of food for hunger relief organizations around the world with its signature, trademarked CanArt.®

Download the 2019 Canstruction New York Facts

Download Canned Food Facts


About City Harvest

City Harvest is New York City’s largest food rescue organization, helping to feed the nearly 1.2 million New Yorkers who are struggling to put meals on their tables. We will rescue 64 million pounds of food this year and deliver it, free of charge, to hundreds of food pantries, soup kitchens, and other community partners across the five boroughs. Our programs empower individuals through nutrition education, increase our partners’ capacity, and strengthen the local food system, helping New Yorkers who are experiencing food insecurity to access, afford, and consume nutritious food. To learn more about our work, visit

Download a pdf About City Harvest


About Arts Brookfield

Arts Brookfield presents exciting, world-class cultural experiences to hundreds of thousands of people for free each year in both indoor and outdoor public spaces at Brookfield's premier office properties in New York, Los Angeles, Denver, Houston, Washington, D.C., London, Toronto, Perth and Sydney. From concerts, theater and dance to film screenings and art exhibitions, Arts Brookfield has brought public spaces to life through art for more than 30 years.

About Brookfield Place

Brookfield Place (BFPL) New York is one of Brookfield's most iconic Place Making destinations that brings together modern office space, cultural experiences, curated dining and world-class shopping. One of New York City's most dynamic districts, Brookfield Place is a step away from the everyday and in step with the latest in global and local culture. The 14-acre, 5-building complex on the Hudson River in Lower Manhattan is home to some of the world's most innovative companies and one of New York's most celebrated experiential, culinary and shopping destinations. Brookfield animates its grand indoor and outdoor public spaces year-round through a mix of culture and events, bringing together a diverse array of New Yorkers and visitors. From waterfront cafes along the North Cove Marina to palm trees inside the famed Winter Garden, art installations to live music, Brookfield Place New York is a setting for discovery and inspiration, savoring and indulging, relaxing and socializing.

Find out about family-friendly events held at BFPL New York: or download
the Fall events postcard

2018 BFPL Vesey Street ShopsWinter Garden 2014


Here are some activities for your class:

  • Hold a Canstruction Junior event at your school - find out more at
  • View some time-lapse videos of Canstruction sculptures being built with your students before you visit the exhibit (Here are several videos of 2018 NYC sculptures being built. You can search for more on YouTube and Vimeo from teams all over the world)
  • Review the Competition Rules for Building the Structures - download the summary rules plus the Team Captain Slideshow, which shows a bit about the design and build process.
  • Have students vote for their favorite sculpture - at
  • Many classes spend time sketching various sculptures during their visit. Send pictures or notes to the teams.
  • Can NY coloring book
  • Coloring Book - pdf available upon request by email (see below). Not for resale. Contains 18 coloring pages and a crossword puzzle. Contact us at and we will send you a pdf to print. Please do not redistribute.
Contact us at if you have any questions or comments.

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The Canstruction® New York exhibition is presented with generous support from Brookfield Properties.