P-Credits: Your Best Project Yet

P-Credits: Your Best Project Yet

Posted on March 30, 2015 by

  While MFTA is best known for refreshing your supply closets, decorating your sets and even refurbishing your classrooms, we also offer programs focused on restoring you. Whether a first year educator or a seasoned pro, we are all in …

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

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

Posted on March 18, 2015 by

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 …

Creative Reuse in the Classroom: Episode 2

Creative Reuse in the Classroom: Episode 2

Posted on March 11, 2015 by

  Creative Reuse in the Classroom continues in Episode 2 with an in-depth look at the many challenges students and educators alike face at PS5 in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. Many of the students live in neighborhood shelters, making the school a safe haven …

mftaTV presents Creative Reuse in the Classroom

mftaTV presents Creative Reuse in the Classroom

Posted on February 11, 2015 by

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 …

February @ MFTA

February @ MFTA

Posted on February 2, 2015 by

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 …

Holiday How-To: From Gracie Mansion to You

Holiday How-To: From Gracie Mansion to You

Posted on December 19, 2014 by

As the largest reuse center in NYC, MFTA is often called upon to collaborate with member organizations by generating ideas and supplying materials for their creative projects. This year we were called upon by City Hall to create ornaments that will decorate Gracie …

Letters from Teachers: Part 2

Letters from Teachers: Part 2

Posted on September 19, 2014 by

We love looking at thank you letters and hearing stories about ways MFTA can help schools. How are teachers using materials from the MFTA warehouse to enrich their classrooms and enhance school programming? Kindergarten teacher Jillan Collaro from the New York City …

Letters from Teachers: Part 1

Letters from Teachers: Part 1

Posted on September 12, 2014 by

All NYC DOE teachers and staff are able to visit Materials for the Arts by appointment to receive free supplies for their school. Now that school is back in session, we wanted to find out how teachers use the MFTA …

Art and Material Connections

Art and Material Connections

Posted on September 8, 2014 by

ArtsConnection partners with New York City elementary, middle, and high schools to provide artistic and creative learning experiences for young people.  Since 1990, the organization’s teaching artists have been visiting the MFTA warehouse to find supplies for their programs. Materials …

Photo Stills: Buckle Bug Art Booth

Photo Stills: Buckle Bug Art Booth

Posted on August 14, 2014 by

One of our favorite creative reuse projects to share with the NYC community is our buckle bugs, little art creatures made from a blend of materials that represent the MFTA warehouse inventory. The bugs are inspired by recent donations to …