Category Archives: Recipient Spotlight

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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Materials for the Arts welcomes Artist-in-Residence Ben Pederson!

Ben Pederson is the new MFTA Artist in Residence for Spring 2013. Pederson is a New York City artist who creates unique assemblages out of a diversity of repurposed materials which are given a delicate and deliberate treatment of bright day-glow colors and surface textures. … 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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Salvaged Sounds Jam Session with Louie Miranda

The coolest place to be in NYC last night was not the rink at Rock Center or the Ear Bar in Tribeca. It was the art studio at Materials for the Arts for our monthly Third Thursday open studio. Last … Continue reading

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