Mission and Vision

Materials for the Arts (MFTA) provides NYC arts nonprofits, public schools and city agencies with access to free materials. We strive to keep valuable materials from entering the landfill and put these materials into the hands of arts professionals, educators and students across the five boroughs. We give unwanted items the opportunity to become something new through Creative Reuse, inspired education and unlimited imagination. Better than new; it’s renewed.

The City of New York funds infrastructural and operational costs for MFTA, and it falls upon Friends of Materials for the Arts (FOMA), MFTA’s nonprofit partner, to support other initiatives to reach a broader audience through our Education Center which reaches thousands of people by hosting our Artists-in-Residence program, Designer-in-Residence Program, Gallery program, Third Thursday program, Professional Development program and Field Trip/In-School Residency programs.

Shop at MFTA

Each year, MFTA provides millions of dollars of supplies and endless opportunities to New Yorkers across the five boroughs. With an MFTA membership, registered organizations can schedule appointments on specific shopping days to get supplies from our warehouse in Queens and obtain items through our online Direct Donations listing free of charge.


Board and Staff

Friends of Materials for the Arts — Board of Directors

Andrew Seiken, Chair
Senior Wealth Strategist, BNY Mellon

Mattie Byrneheim, Vice Chair
Customer Success Manager, Media and Entertainment, Adobe

Shirley Levy, Treasurer

Anelle Miller, Secretary
Executive Director, Society of Illustrators

Bonnie Weissblatt Weill, Board Chair Emerita

Marla Aaron
CEO, Marla Aaron Jewelry

Allison Arden
Founder and CEO of SOUL + CO

Bridgett Artise
Founder, Sustainable Fashion Week US / NYC

Rick Davy
Founder and Director, BK Style Foundation

Grahame Hubbard
Director, Plant Specialists

Scott A. Resnick
Vice President of Loyalty, SoulCycle

Samit Shah, Treasurer
Senior Director of Data Science, Aetna

Yolanda Shashaty

Janet Wong
Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, Deutsche Bank

Robert Jenkins
Director, Platform

Tara Sansone
Executive Director, Friends of Materials for the Arts

Laurie Cumbo, Ex Officio
Commissioner, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs

Gonzalo Casals, Honorary Board Member
Senior Research and Policy Fellow, Arts and Culture, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Harriet Taub
Founding Director, Friends of Materials for the Arts

Materials for the Arts — Staff

Office Administration

Tara Sansone, Executive Director
Meg O’Brien, Director of Development
Yolanda Rodriguez, Office Administrator
Maria Canela, Community Liaison
Samantha Paradiso, Communications and Development Associate
Bliss Green-Morehead, DCLA Digital Communications Manager

Warehouse Operations

Alexandros Barbayianis, Media & Entertainment Logistics Coordinator
Alana Nydorf, Donations Coordinator
Daniel Larkin, Direct Donations Coordinator
Denise Flynch, Volunteer Coordinator
Christopher Trainor, Warehouse Associate
Jose Rosa, Warehouse Assistant
Jonathan Valentin, Warehouse Associate
Andres Velez-Sierra, Warehouse Associate
Nick Duguid, Driver

Education Center

John Cloud Kaiser, Director of Education
Will Niedmann, Education Coordinator
Niceli Portugal, Education Coordinator
Joy Suarez, Master Teaching Artist

Teaching Artists

Pamela Isaac
David Marini
Louie Miranda
Avani Patel

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