How it Works: Shopping at MFTA

How it Works: Shopping at MFTA

Posted on August 22, 2016 by

Are you a teacher? An artist? Work with a museum, dance troupe or theater company? These are just a few examples of members who use Materials for the Arts donations to support creativity in New York City nonprofit organizations or …

Volunteer Spotlight: Suzanne Demarco

Volunteer Spotlight: Suzanne Demarco

Posted on July 17, 2015 by

  Tell me how you first got involved with MFTA? For the past decade I have been a member of a similar LA based organization and wanted to see if there was one in NY. I googled “where can teachers …

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day

Posted on May 9, 2015 by

  Remember those cute little arts & crafts projects you did every school year for Mother’s Day? The ones that somehow survived all these years later. Despite all the fancy brunch spots, flower arrangements and nifty gadgets; that class project …

Lions in the warehouse!

Lions in the warehouse!

Posted on April 17, 2013 by

Don’t worry, they weren’t real lions – they were students from Columbia University’s student group Columbia Community Outreach (CCO). On Saturday, April 6, a group of 15 students volunteered at MFTA as part of their annual day of service. Every spring, CCO …

Daring to do more

Daring to do more

Posted on April 11, 2013 by

MFTA staff, board and donors, from left to right, Barbara Korein, Harriet Taub, Anelle Miller, BD Wong, Matthew David Hopkins, Bonnie Weissblatt Weill, Stacy Papas, Andrea Schaffer Photo Credit: Kevin Alano It is always great when people we know are …

Spring volunteering at MFTA gets a boost from Jumpstart

Spring volunteering at MFTA gets a boost from Jumpstart

Posted on April 3, 2013 by

If you shopped at MFTA this week, you probably noticed that our fleet of shopping carts was much easier to steer. You can thank Jumpstart for that! Last Friday, a group of eager volunteers from Jumpstart came to MFTA to help us …

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

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

Posted on March 29, 2013 by

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 …

HYPNOTIZED AT GRAND CENTRAL STATION

HYPNOTIZED AT GRAND CENTRAL STATION

Posted on March 28, 2013 by

Photo of the artist Nick Cave, with one of his horses. Photo courtesy of Creative Time 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 …

Alabama and New York, working together at MFTA

Alabama and New York, working together at MFTA

Posted on March 22, 2013 by

This past Wednesday, we had a group of students from Birmingham-Southern Collegestop by the MFTA warehouse for a few hours of volunteering.  They came to us all the way from Birmingham, Alabama, as part of the school’s “Alternative Spring Break” service …

A New Kind of Improv Theater

A New Kind of Improv Theater

Posted on March 19, 2013 by

Seasoned MFTA shoppers know that meandering through our warehouse aisles leaves one susceptible to discovering unexpected treasures, a wandering imagination, and to thinking outside the box. In this particular case, we’re talking about the black box. Nestled amidst the brick and concrete …