One Night Only: William Powhida at Ace Hotel New York

NYC-AIR-2015-MAY-POWHIDAThe final guest for our month long curation of Ace Hotel New York’s May artist-in-residence was William Powhida, artist and artistic co-director of AICAD, MFTA member organization since 2009. Infrequent contributor to ArtFCity and Hyperallergic, and founding member of Placeholder (a group committed to developing long-term, rent-stabilized studio space in New York) Powhida humorously provokes the art world, highlighting the paradoxes and absurdities of competing economic and social value systems which in his view, keep the sphere of visual art afloat on a tide of inequality.

How was it?! The residency was quite a bit of fun, and given the nature of the hotel residency, I treated it as opportunity to engage in some leisurely art making.  It seemed appropriate to the atmosphere of Ace Hotel New Yorkand its guests.  I ended up making a portfolio of drawings using office materials reclaimed from MFTA and recycling what we consumed during the stay. My wife joined for the evening and her practice of drawing portraits from film-stills inspired me to do some drawings from Anchorman which was playing on the hotel cable.

I also wanted to keep the residency light and treat it with a sense of humor and play after some of the recent controversy about the exchange.  I think the drawings I left with the Ace reflect a fair exchange of time and energy in an environment designed to encourage people to chill out and relax.

When did you first visit MFTA? I first visited MFTA in 2003 or 2004 with as an art teacher at Brooklyn Preparatory High School, and was able bring back a rather amazing supply of paper for our art program.  I literally bottomed-out my small Honda Civic with a supply of paper that we made great use of during the first years of our school.


Can you describe your work at AICAD? How does access to MFTA help support its programs? I am the artistic co-director of the program and I focus on the academic and studio experience for undergraduate art students doing a semester of study in New York. I also oversee the students’ general experience and help maintain a productive working environment.  I maintain my studio here as well and share my working life as an artist with the residents. Every semester, my administrative co-director Alan Lupiani helps arrange a visit to MFTA for interested students who often return with an array of materials that are incorporated into their work. MFTA provides students the opportunity to experiment and engage with sometimes unexpected materials that they discover during their visits. It often introduces an element of chance and play into their studios that comes from making use of interesting finds.

Your work consistently challenges and provokes – how do you decide on the materials/medium adept to charging such strong ideas? I feel like my work in many ways is reactionary to the culture of the arts and the environments in which I exhibit my work. I often incorporate the culture and politics of the different cities I work in, and some of the myths. Normally, I like to work in media that address those cultures, such as periodicals, magazines or movie trailers that are specific to a city and/or industry.  At MFTA, all of the stationary and office supplies suggested the possibility of the materials a person staying at the Ace might bring for a business trip, while I wanted to gently subvert their function to reflect the relative luxury and privilege of a stay in hotel I normally couldn’t afford.  There was also an element of excess, or the party atmosphere that permeates the hotel (thus the bottle of bourbon, which I may or may not have drank while watching Anchorman as my wife slept on the couch).

How do you think creative reuse can function as a catalyst for change? As a teacher, I think it affords students access to a whole range of art materials, which there simply are not enough of in the New York City Public School system.  At an early stage, it can be crucial for students to just engage in material play and get a sense that art can be made out of things at hand, not what they think ‘art’ should be made out of.  It can be a way of bypassing resistance to using traditional art  materials, which I have heard students say they don’t want to ‘waste’.

As an artist, I think it proposes an idea that art doesn’t have to be fabricated out of expensive materials with the precision of military or aerospace engineering which becomes associated with luxury items like yachts or Swiss watches.  I also think it challenges artists to find new ways of looking at the surplus and sometimes detritus of business and industry.  There is always something a little bit sad about searching through MFTA wondering if we are seeing the donations from office or business closures, or the excess of some ill-fated production.  It’s hard for me not to think about the lifespan of objects, technology, or businesses; an unused appointment book from 2012, a blank Rolodex, or letterhead from a defunct company.  Appropriating some of this latent content and giving it a new purpose might demystify some of our misplaced belief in progress (technological or otherwise) while suggesting there are possibilities for renewal in a rapidly changing world.  Maybe the act forces us to reflect on the past for a moment, instead of always looking ahead to the next thing.  There is still some value in understanding the last thing or making obsolescence visible.

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A sealed letter to Jeff Koons by William Powhida, 2015.

One Night Only: Carrie Morrisey at Ace Hotel New York


During the second to last weekend of our month long curation of Ace Hotel New York’s Artists-in-Residence, the Flatiron destination hosted Carrie Morrissey, founder of New York based jewelry design house ISLY NYC.

We first connected Morrisey after her heartfelt Instagram post that proudly announced ISLY as an MFTA materials donor. The caption read, “Did you guys know about Materials for the Arts? They’re an amazing organization that helps get unused art supplies to people who would otherwise have none. ISLY is a proud donor of excess supplies, a thing that on its own puts a smile in our hearts, knowing that these items will get used, but occasionally we get letters in the mail saying where things have gone and how they’ve affected other people’s lives. From young to old, people have been able to enrich their lives with art, give more meaning, new perspective, and a deep sense of pride an accomplishment from making things with their hands. ISLYNYC would like to thank MFTA for giving us the opportunity to share and receive love through the arts.”

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We were so touched by Morrisey’s understanding of our mission that we reached out to invite her for a tour of our warehouse. A few weeks later, Morrisey came with a fresh donation in tow and left with inspiration for even more items and fabrics that ISLY NYC could continue donating to MFTA. Given Morrisey’s relationship to our program, we thought it’d be great to get her on the creative reuse side of donating via our partnership with Ace Hotel New York. We caught up with her after her residency for a more in-depth discussion.

Friends of Materials for Arts: How was it?! Exciting and a little overwhelming at first! There were so many things I wanted to make sure I didn’t go too crazy grabbing things that were just cool and not really useful for what we were trying to make.


When did you first hear about MFTA? My friend Anneliis Beadnell, a director at PPOW Gallery, first recommended MTFA when I was moving my studio and wanted to donate things.

As a longtime donor, what was it like being on the receiving end? Did you find you had a greater understanding of where the materials came from? Yeah, it was really cool getting to go through all of the stuff and see all the kinds of things that get donated. As I was getting inspired I was also thinking about what I’ll be able to donate next!

How does creative reuse play into your work? How do materials affect your inspiration? Well the [one night residency] was really perfect for using a lot of our scraps and waste that would otherwise get tossed. Usually, although the cut pieces are very cool looking, we have to toss them because it just takes up so much space. It was really awesome to combine our scraps with the donated stuff we grabbed from MTFA.

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What’s next for ISLY NYC? We are working on our spring 2016 collection and are planning on presenting during New York Fashion Week.

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Learn more about Carrie and ISLY NYC here.

One Night Only: Ryan Humphrey at Ace Hotel New York


During the month of May, Friends of Materials for the Arts is curating Ace Hotel New York’s Artist-in-Residence series, promoting the artistic merit of creative reuse by working with top contemporary artists for a wider platform of exposure.

For the third week of the month, we were thrilled to work with mixed-media artist Ryan Humphrey. Humphrey has been a fan of MFTA since he first moved to New York City in 1996 after receiving his MFA from Hunter College. After attending The Skowhegan summer residency program in Maine he worked for The Andy Warhol Foundation and participated in the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program. His body of work incorporates diverse materials in diverse contexts resulting in playful colorful atmospheres. We couldn’t wait to see what he created in the warehouse…


Friends of Materials for the Arts: How was it?! It was great! Everyone was very accommodating and I had a nice quiet room to work.

When did you first hear about MFTA? I moved to NYC in the fall of 1996 and I went shortly thereafter when I was attending Hunter College for my MFA.

Your work traverses many different worlds – from design to lifestyle to fine art – all while maintaining a concrete aesthetic. What’s fundamental to your inspiration? I have often wondered how it is that some artists can essentially make the same painting over and over for an entire career. My own path has always been about pushing through boundaries, exploration, and growth. I look at people as varied as Evel Knievel to Nikola Tesla for inspiration.


The skater / BMX world has a history that’s intertwined with a DIY sense of experimentation. How does this weave into your work? Both those activities necessitate creativity on an elemental level. You look at everything differently than most people. You learn to handle fear better than most people, and you become a master at physics and visual perception. (or you get hurt) You also learn to use all your senses and to be resourceful. It is a total mind and body alignment. It could be described as almost tribal. I seek to bring that energy to my work.

What does ‘creative reuse’ mean to you? The American version of that can be found on pinterest,or etsy, and usually involves a shipping pallet. Haha. I am most impressed by people who are able to sift through mounds of trash in impoverished countries and build a radio or a cello out of waste. That impulse really moves me on a spiritual level.


Learn more about Ryan Humphrey here.

One Night Only: Christian Joy at Ace Hotel New York


During the month of May, Friends of Materials for the Arts is curating Ace Hotel New York’s Artist-in-Residence series, promoting the artistic merit of creative reuse by working with top contemporary artists for a wider platform of exposure.

For our second residency of the month, we reached out to Christian Joy, the American costume designer best known for stage costume designs for Yeah Yeah Yeahs lead singer, Karen O. In 2013, Joy created her first installation show at Secret Project Robot, a member organization of MFTA since 2009. With her use of rich colors, bold textures, inventive silhouettes, and immediately recognizable energy behind her designs, we were eager to see how Joy would incorporate creative reuse during her one-night residency. We caught up with her Monday morning to chat about her Sunday night experience.


Friends of Materials for the Arts: How was it?!
Christian Joy: It was great to be at Ace Hotel New York and so close to K Town. We had some really delicious Korean food for dinner. 😉 It’s always interesting for me to get out of my studio. I found creating in a new spot helped me to develop some new ideas. I work with construction paper [in order to] come up with new prints so it was fun to work on a few new ones.


Your work seems so inspired by the materials you choose – textures, colors, the diversity of shape. What role do materials play in forming your idea for a piece? How did your trip to MFTA affect this process? I love to create a collaged look so I will usually start with a color and fabric and then build upon it. That means then adding a print and other details like heat press vinyl, rhinestones or yarn. Anything that helps to add depth and tell the story of the costume even further.  I’m also a big fan of using dollar store materials like party supplies. I feel like using odd materials really helps you to rethink your ideas. When I was looking for materials at MFTA I really went for simple plain fabrics that I knew I could print (I love cottons) as well as pieces that I could use to build unusual details like a load of bra under-wire.


Does the term ‘creative reuse’ resonate with you? Yes, I love to find odd leftovers and use them to create. I think it helps to open up your mind.

What do you think is the artist’s responsibility to the environment? I think artists as much as anyone have a responsibility to help protect the environment.  I work hard to recycle in my studio and to use water based inks for printing. I think it can be hard sometimes because there are materials you want to use. It’s part of experimenting and furthering your work.  I think to limit yourself isn’t entirety the answer but I do think you have to consider the effect it’s having on the environment and to try to perhaps not make it your entire focus or look for materials that are similar but have less of a bad impact ecologically. It’s something I think about often.

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Learn more about Christian Joy here.

One Night Only: Carolina Penafiel at Ace Hotel New York

IMG_2215I Will Take Care of You, 2015, old paper on new mirror // Look at Me, 2015, old paper on new mirror. Both pieces created as part of Carolina Penafiel’s May 3, 2015 Ace Hotel New York residency as curated by Friends of Materials for the Arts.

During the month of May, Friends of Materials for the Arts is curating Ace Hotel New York’s Artist-in-Residence series, promoting the artistic merit of creative reuse by working with top contemporary artists for a wider platform of exposure.

Kicking off the month was Carolina Penafiel, Founder of Local Project, a member organization of MFTA since 2004. Local Project is a Long Island City based nonprofit committed to building an educational forum for artists by creating synergy between the exhibition of their work and the public and providing a creative harbor for its community. Penafiel has been the energetic driving force behind its development since its inception. After showing in the MFTA Gallery last year as part of Small Works, we fell in love with her creative reuse collages. When we started developing May’s Ace Hotel New York’s Artists-in-Residence, we knew we could count on Carolina to be an ambassador for our program and for creative reuse. We caught up with her recently during her preparatory shopping appointment to talk creative process and what MFTA means to her.

IMG_2151On preparing for her residency… “I’m treating it like a performance. This is my main focus, everything else I was working on I’m putting aside. I’m approaching it as a tourist, like I don’t live here. I’m stepping away from everybody for the entire week leading up to it. I plan to stream it so that people can watch me. They won’t be able to talk to me but how cool would it be for people to be able to watch and see what’s going on?”

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On her creative process… “My way of doing collages is a little different than how most people do it. I take all of the images and set them between two sheets of glass. Usually people make collages using glue but I find that it makes the paper too wet and then it wrinkles or even tears. When I’m finding materials for my collages I love to use vintage imagery, patterns I love patterns so I look for fashion books, art books. I like landscapes. Those are actually my favorite, landscapes.”

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Playing with paper found at MFTA at Ace Hotel New York, May 3, 2015.

On shopping at MFTA… “My work is very particular; I normally come with a purpose. I find it is easier than just showing up and hoping that you like something or waiting for inspiration. I schedule shopping appointments regularly so that I know I can get what I want versus waiting and hoping that something is around that I can use.”

photo 1 (2)Playing with paper found at MFTA at Ace Hotel New York, May 3, 2015.

On the importance of MFTA… “Since [Local Project] has always been a member and has always come to MFTA, I don’t know what we would do if [MFTA] was taken from us. Seriously, it would be devastating to our organization.”

photo (2)Look at Me, 2015, Carolina Penafiel, old paper on new mirror.

Made possible by MFTA and Ace Hotel New York.

One Night Only: Creative Reuse at The Ace Hotel New York


During the month of May, Friends of Materials for the Arts is curating Ace Hotel New York’s Artist-in-Residence series, promoting the artistic merit of creative reuse by working with top contemporary artists for a wider platform of exposure.

During their series, Ace Hotel New York affords selected artists the space to create by offering up a private room, some wine, a few charcoal sticks and then getting out of the way. For Friends of Materials for the Arts’ selected partnership, we wanted to offer a genuine MFTA shopping experience by granting selected artists the opportunity to visit MFTA’s 35,000 square foot warehouse and selecting a tote bag’s worth of unusual inventory – choosing from Styrofoam chickens, hundreds of hula-hoops, vintage stuffed animals, pallets of tin cans, among literally tons of other supplies. The result will be bodies of work that incorporate both traditional and nontraditional materials, illustrating the unlimited potential of creative reuse.

Participating artists come from diverse backgrounds and disciplines which impact their personal style and their creative reuse of materials. Artists include Carolina Penafiel (May 3), Christian Joy (May 10), Ryan Humphrey (May 17), Carrie Morrissey (May 24), and William Powhida (May 31).

Each residency occurs for one night only. Tune in weekly to read up on the freshly created work!

Conversations: Polina Porras Sivolobova on identity and the freedom of medium

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Polina Porras Sivolobova at The Three Kings Parade. Photo by Sol Aramendi and Chris Moffett.

Polina Porras Sivolobova is a Russian-Mexican artist, working simultaneously in the visual arts and in performance. Her artwork spans multiple disciplines such as drawing, artist books, video, photography and performance. Her artwork has been shown at the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, El Museo del Barrio, The Smithsonian Institute, The Queens Museum of Art, Grace Exhibition Space and Glasshouse in New York City and the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Oaxaca in Mexico. She received a Master in Fine Arts and Art and Design Education from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York. Currently, she lives and works between New York City and Oaxaca, Mexico. MFTA welcomes Sivolobova in March 2015 as part of our ongoing Third Thursday Artist Workshop series

Olivia Roldan, Friends of Materials for the Arts: Polina, welcome! We’re thrilled to have you host our upcoming Third Thursday Artist Workshop. How did you first get involved with Materials for the Arts?
Polina Porras Sivolobova: Thank you, I am also thrilled to be hosting the upcoming Third Thursday Artist Workshop! As an artist living in New York City, I’ve shopped numerous times at Materials for the Arts and it’s been always a delight. Stephanie LaFroscia, director of Public Programs at El Museo del Barrio suggested we do a talk about The Three Taino Kings Puppets. In 2009, I was commissioned by El Museo del Barrio to create three giant puppets to be used in their annual Three Kings parade in Spanish Harlem. Stephanie approached Materials for the Arts and this is how I got invited to be part of Third Thursday.

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The Three Taino Kings by Polina Porras Sivolobova. Photos by Sol Aramendi and Chris Moffett.

I read that you’ve performed with LaMaMa. They’ve been MFTA Members since 1979! Can you tell me a little bit about your performances there?
Sure! La MaMa is a very dear place to me. It’s a theater that has been integral to New York’s performing arts scene, this is where I did some of my first performances. First in 2006, as part of a puppetry group under the direction of Theodora Skipitares and then in 2012 as part of EMERGENYC, an initiative by The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics. In 2012, I performed “Self Anatomy 101,” a piece where my body was “cocooned ” in a semi-transparent stocking material and then wrapped around with a Mexican flag. This was the first time I used such a specific symbol, as the flag, to talk about identity. It was a short piece (only 7 minutes) but very powerful, packed with snippets of personal cultural and gender related stories.

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Self Identity 101 as performed by Polina Porras Sivolobova at La MaMa. Photo by The Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics

You work in a variety of different of mediums. How do you choose the medium you’re working in on a given project? Do you find certain platforms more conducive to certain themes?
To work in many and any medium gives me an amazing sense of freedom. I’ve found that I think more in terms of themes rather than mediums. I also think in terms of images, either still or moving, actions and storytelling. For example, when I “see” an image that captures my imagination I ask myself if that image works in terms of movement or stillness, in the case of movement I would use performance or video and drawing or collage in the case of stillness. It is also very exciting to explore the same theme in multiple platforms because this allows multiple entrances into the same work by using our different senses and ways of understanding the world.

See Polina’s work in action on March 19 as part of our Third Thursday Artist Workshop series. RSVP here.

March @ MFTA


There’s so much going on at MFTA and we want you to be a part of it. In order to make sure we’re keeping you in the loop, we are now compiling monthly overviews of what we’re up to. Take a look below to read up on MFTA’s and Friends of MFTA’s March happenings. See you soon!

Clockwise from top: photograph taken during our weekly Warehouse Wednesdays; Winter/Spring 2014 Artist-in-Residence Michelle Sutherland; Polina Porras, pictured here during El Museo del Barrio’s Three Kings Day parade, will be leading March’s Third Thursday Artist Workshop.

Members Only
We invite you to join us Thursday, March 5 from 6pm – 8pm for the opening reception of our second annual exhibition Members Only. During this exhibition we showcase works created by members of our diverse group of recipients. All exhibited work is inspired from materials found at MFTA and is a testament to the artistic merit of reuse. On view in the MFTA Gallery from March 5th, 2015 through April 8th, 2015.

Winter/Spring 2015 Artist-in-Residence
This season’s Artist-in-Residence is now creating in the Warehouse! We’re proud to welcome our very first performance artist: Michelle Sutherland and Theater Plastique. Michelle is a theater director and performance creator who develops original music theater, opera, and musical video. Stay up to date with performances and behind the scenes looks on our instagram.

Spring 2015 P-Credit (30+) courses
Sign up for Raw Fabrics: The Art of Fabric now! Explore the history, production and uses of fiber with connections across the curriculum. Projects include: spinning , story weaving, fabric printing, wax and glue batik and shibovi, and dye techniques. Additional information including class schedules and sign up details here. Seats fill quickly!

Third Thursday Artist Workshop with Polina Porras
Shop the warehouse then join us as we welcome visual and performance artist Polina Porras, as she host a conversation on the creation of her larger-than-life puppets used in El Museo del Barrio’s 2015 Three Kings Day parade, as well as lead participants in a workshop to create their very own puppets using supplies from the MFTA Warehouse.

Warehouse Wednesdays
Get a behind-the-scenes look at our warehouse while giving your time in support of creativity for New York City’s artists and students. We’re always looking for volunteers and are happy to work with individuals, volunteer groups, and corporate programs of all ages. March 4th and 18th from 6pm – 8pm. More information here.

mftaTV: Creative Reuse in the Classroom, Episode 2
mftaTV’s Creative Reuse in the Classroom continues in Episode 2 with an in-depth look at the many challenges students face at P.S.5 in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn.The series chronicles our work enriching the Common Core through the arts in three Bed Stuy-based public schools, all of which are registered as Title 1 and were flagged on NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer’s 2014 “State of the Arts: A Plan to Boost Arts Education in New York City Schools.” Episode 2 launches on Wednesday, March 11. Check out episode 1 here.

mftaTV presents Creative Reuse in the Classroom

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Materials for the Arts is proud to launch its newest initiative: mftaTV! mftaTV is a video platform that will highlight MFTA’s work across cultural, educational, and environmental sectors.

Our first program, Creative Reuse in the Classroom, is a three part series documenting MFTA’s residency at P.S. 5 in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn. The residency, made possible through a grant from the New York Community Trust (NYCT), aims to integrate arts education into the Common Core curriculum.

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MFTA is one of eight New York City based organizations who received support from the NYCT in order to find creative ways to integrate arts programming into classrooms. MFTA is working with three schools from the Children’s First 612 Network, including PS5, PS4 and PS297 – all of which were flagged on NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer’s 2014 report “State of the Arts: A Plan to Boost Arts Education in New York City Schools.” Teaching artists Joy Suarez, Louie Miranda and Greg VandeHey are working with elementary and middle school teachers to enhance the project based learning in their classrooms, engaging students through the arts, and encouraging learning in new and exciting ways.

In the first episode of Creative Reuse in the Classroom, Joy Suarez notes, “One of the biggest challenges that teachers have is getting their students to write. [MFTA’s] belief is that when students go through the process of creating something, they internalize the information at a higher level… With this gained knowledge, they can effectively present their work to their peers and families in an oral presentation [as required by the Common Core.]”

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What can you expect from Creative Reuse in the Classroom? You will see how MFTA helps schools with limited or no arts programs through creative reuse in the classroom. Gain insight on how to incorporate creative reuse into lesson plans in all subject areas, while encouraging sustainable thinking in our schools.

Watch the first episode of Creative Reuse in the Classroom here.

February @ MFTA

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There’s so much going on at MFTA and we want you to be a part of it. In order to make sure we’re keeping you in the loop, we are now compiling monthly overviews of what we’re up to. Take a look below to read up on MFTA’s and Friends of MFTA’s February happenings. See you soon!

Clockwise from left: Lina Puerta’s Untitled (Med/Polk dot) from Friends of MFTA’s current Paddle 8 auction; Friends of MFTA’s newest initiative MFTAtv; Harley Spiller aka Inspector Collector will lead February’s Third Thursday.


Spring 2015 P-Credit (30+) courses

Are you an art teacher looking for projects that will integrate reuse into your curriculum? A math teacher eager for more hands-on activities? Or simply an enthusiastic learner wondering how to make your own paper? Classes are filling up fast, but we still have several seats left. Snag yours today. More information including class schedules and sign up details here.


Third Thursday Artist Workshop with Inspector Collector

Join museum educator Harley Spiller, aka Inspector Collector, on a hands-on tour of the MFTA warehouse. Spiller has been shopping at MFTA since the 1980s, deploying MFTA materials in several of his solo museum exhibitions as well as sharing them with NYC public school children. Join Spiller for an insider’s view of how museum collections of anything and everything are created and exhibited and start your own museum. February’s Third Thursday will be held on February 19 from 6:30PM – 8:30PM in the Education Center. 



Members Only

During this second annual exhibition, we showcase work created by members of our diverse group of recipients. All exhibited work is inspired from materials found at MFTA and is a testament to the artistic merit of reuse. More information including submission requirements here. Submission deadline is February 12.



Warehouse Wednesdays

Is color-coding, organizing, and having a great time your thing? Come volunteer with us and give back to NYC’s cultural community, educational sector, and environmental landscape. Join us every Wednesday evening this month from 6PM – 8PM. More information here



Winter 2015 Art Auction

Friends of MFTA has partnered with chashama, MFTA member since 1996, for a Paddle8 hosted benefit auction. All proceeds benefit Friends of MFTA and chashama in our missions to promote the creative reuse of space and materials in New York City. Please consider supporting Friends of MFTA and chashama by making a bid today. Check out the artwork here. The auction closes on February 11 and a closing reception will be held at chashama harlem // 461 West 126th Street on Tuesday, February 10 from 6PM – 8PM.



Friends of MFTA’s newest initiative, MFTAtv, will launch on Wednesday, February 11. Curious about what happens during our field trips and in-school residencies? MFTAtv’s first series, “Creative Reuse in the Classroom,” will chronicle our work enriching the Common Core through the arts in three Bed Stuy-based public schools, all of which are registered as Title 1 and were flagged on NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer’s 2014 “State of the Arts: A Plan to Boost Arts Education in New York City Schools.”