Third Thursday: Building Sculptures with McKendree Key

McKendree Key leads our November Third Thursday workshop.

Key’s practice is centered on the exploration of wasted, overlooked or inaccessible spaces in the city. Since 2004 she has made large-scale interactive works which she refers to as “Divided Spaces,” installations that are an investigation into the volume of domestic and commercial spaces in urban environments.

For our Third Thursday workshop, McKendree will explore and examine the many ways found objects and abandon materials can be repurposed in artistic ways, including creating original sculpture characters.

Thursday, November 16
6:30 -8:30PM
Free | RSVP

Election Day Educator’s Professional Development Workshop

2Paper Construction- STEM and Art
Tuesday, November 7, 9:30 am -3:30 pm
Professional Development Workshop for teachers on the Election Day PD Day

Improve your students’ curriculum by integrating art projects throughout any Common Core-aligned unit in English Language Arts, Social Studies, or Science! This hands-on studio workshop shows teachers how to have their students construct models from re-used paper to upgrade classroom instruction by integrating art projects made with items from the recycling bin and free MFTA supplies. Techniques from this workshop will help your students create covered wagons to study westward expansion, create skyscrapers to study math, create cars to study friction, and much, much more.

Learn how Paper Construction can teach students to encapsulate, communicate and reflect on any subject of study. Through studio time teachers will learn to workshop unit ideas with other teachers and MFTA teaching artists.

Fee: $50
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Dianne Smith “Twisted Woven Tied” on view in the MFTA Gallery

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Materials for the Arts Presents
Dianne Smith
Twisted Woven Tied
Opening Reception Thurs., June 15   6 – 9pm
On view  June 15 – September 4 2017

Using twists, knots, ties, textures, and color Dianne Smith invites viewers to explore and embrace their innermost thoughts and feelings about identity, Race, gender, religion, inequity and power. She creates work to liberate consciousness thus confront sociopolitical and socioeconomic issues. Smith’s use of discarded materials bridges historical context, socially, culturally, and politically with her lived experiences. She creates in response to the events, circumstances and times of the world around her.



Creative Reuse in the Classroom: Year II (Episode 3)

From the classroom to the warehouse, students are learning how to achieve sustainability through creative reuse.

In episode 3, students take a trip to MFTA for inspiration as they get set to recreate a rainforest using paper and file folders.

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Third Thursday: Earth Month Celebration


Join our Earth Month Third Thursday celebration!
Thursday, April 21
6:30 – 8:30
Open to all age groups

This special edition of our Third Thursday Workshop brings together zero waste expert Jacquie Ottman with Treasures in the Trash creator Nelson Molina, curator Robin Nagle and filmmaker Kelly Adams.

Jacquie Ottman, founder of will present key principals and every day tips of achieving zero waste. A pioneer in green marketing, award-winning author, and passionate zero waste advocate. Ottman is on a mission to accelerate NYC’s “Zero Waste” goal of achieving a 90% reduction in solid waste by 2030, by working with communities to help foster a positive shift in consumption culture.

Following the zero waste presentation will be a special screening of “One Man’s Trash” the award winning short film documentary by filmmaker Kelly Adams which follows now-retired DSNY sanitation worker Nelson Molina and his 30 year collection of found objects.

The workshop will conclude with a Q & A segment with Nelson Molina and museum curator Robin Nagle to discuss the curatorial approach to collecting, the storage process and most intriguing discovery of materials found during his 30 years as a DSNY sanitation worker.

Free admission made possible by the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation and Friends of MFTA

Creative Reuse in the Classroom: Year II (Episode 2)


Teaching artist Greg VandeHey is helping students at PS 297 engineer cars created from drinking straws and broken toys. In episode 2, students put their creative reuse inventions to the test using the lessons they’ve learned about friction and motion studies in Science.

This year’s residencies are generously funded by the Lulu and Leo Fund and individual donors.

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Viviane Rombaldi Seppey Kaleidoscoe detail

Kaleidoscope Rombaldi Seppey


By using recycled plastic bags for the installations, the work allows the viewer a measure of intimacy through the familiarity of the material. In transforming these every day bags into delicate collages, I aim to reconsider the value of these once discarded objects and its impact on our natural environment.- Viviane Rombaldi Seppey

Join us for an evening of exploration, journey and enchantment with mixed-media collage!

Led by artist Viviane Rombaldi Seppey, we’ll create mixed-media collage works inspired by her 2012 site specific installation “Kaleidoscope” realized from cut plastic bags and applied on the windows of then Mixed Greens Gallery.

Mixed-Media with Viviane Rombaldi Seppey Gutierrez
Thursday, March 17
6:30 – 8:30
Open to all age groups
For our guest 21+ beer generously provided by Ninkasi Brewing Company


Attendance is free thanks to our generous Friends of Materials for the Arts funders, including the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation. Bring a friend or three!



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Year II of Creative Reuse in the Classroom

MFTA teaching artists show students and teachers how they can use everyday materials to create hands-on projects in school. Creative Reuse in the Classroom: Year II, episode 1 highlights one of the many projects of Greg VandeHey, as he guides students in making cars from drinking straws and broken toys to help them become more enthusiastic about friction and motion studies in Science.


This year’s residencies are generously funded by the Lulu and Leo Fund and individual donors.

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Fabric Sculptures with Artist Patricia Dahlman

"Big Open Book" 2014 canvas, cloth, ribbon, thread, wire, stuffing 58" x 83" x 8" Site Specific work for Mid-Manhattan, New York Public Library. Exhibited January 12 - April 1, 2015

“Big Open Book”2014 canvas, cloth, ribbon, thread, wire, stuffing 58″ x 83″ x 8”
Site Specific work for Mid-Manhattan, New York Public Library. Exhibited January 12 – April 1, 2015

Learn how artist Patricia Dahlman creates sculptures from fabric during our Third Thursday Artists Workshop. Sculptor, Patricia Dahlman, will guide participants in creating their own small-scale fabric sculptures. We’ll experience Dahlman’s unique approach to art-making by creating shapes with wire and sew-on fabric, canvas, and other materials to create 3 Dimensional forms. Food and light refreshments will be provided. Open to the public. Bring a friend! RSVP to secure your seat.


Thursday, January 21
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Materials for the Arts
33-00 Northern Boulevard
New York, NY 11101