Tag Archives: reuse art

“Pleased to Meet You” : The Art of the MFTA Staff

If you’ve visited Materials for the Arts before, you’re aware of the treasures lurking in our warehouse, and you know about our educational programs spreading the word about creative reuse. You have heard about or even attended the Third Thursday open … Continue reading

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MFTA hosts No Longer Empty’s Family Day fun

We had an incredible time making sculptures and instruments with No Longer Empty at the Clock Tower in Long Island City on Saturday, March 9. The afternoon of art-making workshops focused on making trophies and instruments with a treasure trove of materials, including … 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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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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Art and reuse at CCNS Glenwood Senior Center

Janelle St. Hill, Program Manager at Catholic Charities Neighborhood Services‘ Glenwood Senior Center, recently sent us pictures of some fantastic projects created by local seniors. An MFTA recipient since 2009, the center offers a variety of resources to seniors in … Continue reading

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Appropriating the Unwanted: Collage and creative reuse

We are thrilled that Haydee Naula is completing an internship with us this summer. Haydee first came to MFTA when she was working at PS 112 in Queens with the educational nonprofit (and MFTA recipient) City Year. In addition to … Continue reading

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Creative reuse around the country, and beyond

We always like to hear what our recipients are up to, and we really enjoy getting e-mails from across the city, country, and globe. People send us photos, links, and inspiring messages about the creative reuse work of educators and … Continue reading

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A fire-breathing paper dragon

Myrna Perez Fung, Parent Coordinator at PS 188 Kingsbury, in Oakland Gardens, Queens, sent us a picture of this really cool dragon created by PTA parents for the school’s Lunar New Year Show. This dragon is a great example of something … Continue reading

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Discussing reuse with Ralph Nader

Established in 2004, by our partner within the New York City Department of Sanitation, the Bureau of Waste Prevention, Reuse, and Recycling, and housed at the City College of New York’s Grove School of Engineering, the Materials Exchange Development Program … Continue reading

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Queens Vocational High School recycling team gets creative with reuse

Last Friday the recycling team from Queens Vocational and Technical High School visited MFTA to learn about art and reuse.  Before their warehouse tour, we discussed how both visual artists and musicians reuse ideas, sounds, and objects in their work–the … Continue reading

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