Author Archives: mches

At MFTA every day is Earth Day!

What do Earth Day and Materials for the Arts have in common?  Everything!  Reusing , recycling, rethinking, sustainable best practices and general love of this planet we call home are all part of our mission.  Creative reuse activities abound at … Continue reading

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The Healing Powers of Donating

Making a donation of money or materials is an act of altruism – a way of connecting to others and helping to ‘repair the world’.  An unforeseen outcome of donating is how therapeutic it can be. This is not surprising … Continue reading

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Daring to do more

It is always great when people we know are publicly recognized by the press and media outlets for their good work. That happened about two weeks when the NY Times did a piece on our friend and Friends of Materials … Continue reading

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Hypnotized at Grand Central Station

Today we took an early lunch and headed over to Grand Central to see Nick Cave’s amazing performance piece – Heard NY.  This combines all of our favorite art forms – dance, visual art, music, site specific performance art, creative material … Continue reading

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A New Kind of Improv Theater

Seasoned MFTA shoppers know that meandering through our warehouse aisles leaves one susceptible to discovering unexpected treasures, a wandering imagination, and to thinking outside the box. In this particular case, we’re talking about the black box. Nestled amidst the brick … Continue reading

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Farewell to Nat!

It’s almost daylight savings time! While we are happy to usher in spring and more hours of sunlight, we are sad to count down the hours before bidding adieu to our beloved MFTA Education Center Coordinator, Nat Shelness. Nat plans … Continue reading

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Making Room for Creativity

CUP (Center for Urban Pedagogy), an MFTA member since 2005, is known for their “Urban Investigations” — experiential semester-long projects with public high school students, where they give students the tools to investigate their own communities and use art and … Continue reading

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Recycling Materials, Reinventing a Genre

Rather than throw them away, skincare manufacturer L’Occitane donated remnants of their recent NYC window displays to MFTA — faux trees, eight feet tall, made out of wood and cardboard, with plastic leaves and some real branches. No one knows better … Continue reading

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DIY with Harriet Taub

Nowadays it’s easy to find DIY goods and community driven art collectives on any number of social media sites and in trendy boutiques. Back in the 60’s and 70’s, DIY appeared in the form of Better Homes & Gardens and … Continue reading

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CRAYONS….lots of them!

DONOR SPOTLIGHT: David Stark Design and Production Since 2008, David Stark Design and Production has been donating some of the most inspiring, imaginative and useful donations to MFTA. From feathers, fabric and faux flowers, to glitter, sand and bales of … Continue reading

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