Donor Spotlight: Ratana Kay

Donor Spotlight: Ratana Kay

Posted on September 11, 2013 by

Ratana Kay donated over 5,000 tubes of Turner Design Gouache in dozens of different colors to Materials for the Arts. She donates to our warehouse once every three years, and this year, she provided us with these beautiful, high quality …

Getting Better at Getting Better

Getting Better at Getting Better

Posted on July 18, 2013 by

We recently received two donations of “vintage” laptops at the MFTA warehouse. Vintage, however, is a relative term. It often connotes “old” while also characterizing excellence and appeal, proven by having withstood the test of time. On Tuesday, July 3, Douglas C. Engelbart, …

Courtesy is Contagious

Courtesy is Contagious

Posted on June 27, 2013 by

A big part of joining the Materials for the Arts family is writing thank you letters–we thank our donors for their generosity and our recipients thank us, and our donors, by sharing stories of how they’ve put our materials to …

The Healing Powers of Donating

The Healing Powers of Donating

Posted on April 15, 2013 by

Making a donation of money or materials is an act of altruism – a way of connecting to others and helping to ‘repair the world’.  An unforeseen outcome of donating is how therapeutic it can be. This is not surprising …

CRAYONS….lots of them!

CRAYONS….lots of them!

Posted on February 8, 2013 by

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 …

Trace, Iron, Cut, Repeat

Trace, Iron, Cut, Repeat

Posted on December 3, 2012 by

It was just another Thursday night at Materials for the Arts – that is if you consider 17 volunteers sorting, creating iron on patches and preparing 200 donated ski jackets for donation to the Administration for Children’s services, AHRC and …

Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks

Posted on November 21, 2012 by

In a Thanksgiving spirit, we are thankful for the many donors who always keep the MFTA Nation in mind. Special thanks to October and early November donors who made our warehouse look like a treasure chest: Metalliferous, one of the …

Designing a better world

Designing a better world

Posted on October 16, 2012 by

Over the summer we received donations from several world renowned NYC institutions. These included The Frick Collection, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Guggenheim Museum and the MoMA. These renowned institutions also happen to be MFTA recipients! In sync …

A new vantage point on vintage clothing

A new vantage point on vintage clothing

Posted on September 17, 2012 by

Just a few blocks away from our warehouse, on a dead-end street, inside a non-descript building, is home of Helen Uffner Vintage Clothing LLC (HUVC). Helen Uffner, the unassuming, affable and good-humored owner of one of the largest (and most …

The recycle circle

The recycle circle

Posted on August 24, 2012 by

Before Craigslist and Freecycle, before the advent of the internet allowed for e-commerce, MFTA has had a service that linked people who had things with people who needed things.  On Direct Donations (DD) donors can create a post on-line and …