Tag Archives: reuse

“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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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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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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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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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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From Green to Gold… Compost is the Way to Go!

You already know you can donate some of your unwanted items to MFTA, but what do you do with your unwanted and inedible food waste and scrap vegetation? We have one word for you: COMPOST! Let’s face it, to the … Continue reading

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RENEW, REVIVE, REJOICE

How many ways can something be reused or repurposed? Here at MFTA we talk a lot about appropriation, transformation, reuse, and disposal. Whether it’s a CD case transformed into a clock, a plastic container morphed into a puppet, records built … Continue reading

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Happy 15th birthday, America Recycles Day!

Fifteen years ago, America Recycles Day was established to raise awareness of recycling and how it can benefit the environment. Today, people all over the country are hosting special recycling awareness events in their communities and making an extra effort … Continue reading

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“Tower Records” at Sculpture Center

We had a great time getting folks at Sculpture Center’s LIC Block Party to contribute to these sculptures, “Tower Records.” Although the wind was wailing, the sculptures, made with re-purposed MFTA materials, stood strong all afternoon. Thanks to all who … Continue reading

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DIY: No-sew T-shirt scarf

Enjoy the thought of making wearable art pieces but lack confidence in your sewing capabilities? No problem! MFTA’s own Jenny Kraft has found a way to take any old shirt and transform it into a fun scarf without any needle … Continue reading

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