People + Climate + March = ART!

People + Climate + March = ART!

Posted on September 19, 2014 by

The People’s Climate March (PCM) is happening this Sunday, September 21. Over 1,400 businesses, unions, faith groups, schools, social justice groups, environmental groups, and more will come together to take a stand in conjunction with the upcoming UN Climate Summit taking place …

Circus AMOK!

Circus AMOK!

Posted on September 18, 2014 by

Circus Amok! celebrates the art of spectacle. Now in their eighth year of reinventing the circus form, they borrow from drag show traditions, use whole body masks, and incorporate sideshow repertoire and movement from postmodern dance in their eclectic performances. “As we …

MFTA Goes Back to School

MFTA Goes Back to School

Posted on September 15, 2014 by

In preparation for the upcoming MFTA Gallery show, Arts Integration: Creativity in the Classroom, Education Director John Kaiser and I went back to school in order to collect the works that will adorn the Gallery walls. We reminisced along the way, recalling …

Happy 200th Madison Square Park!

Happy 200th Madison Square Park!

Posted on September 5, 2014 by

Madison Square Park Conservancy celebrates the 200th anniversary of the naming of Madison Square with MAD. SQ. 200. Featuring a historic fair and contemporary art party, the event takes place Madison Square Park on Saturday, September 6 from 3 – 9 …

Sustainable Stop Motion Animations

Sustainable Stop Motion Animations

Posted on September 2, 2014 by

Taiwanese artist, educator, and animator Hui-Ching Tseng uses a combination of found objects, illustrations, and photography in her stop motion, 2D, and 3D animation practice. Materials for the Arts provided materials for her workshops in New York City during Cinevision’s 37th …

MoMA PS1 and Architectural Reuse

MoMA PS1 and Architectural Reuse

Posted on August 13, 2014 by

By Alissa Valeri Part of a mini-series highlighting New York City museums as materials donors and recipients of MFTA. We deeply appreciate these cultural institutions’ generosity and contributions towards the sustainability of the city’s arts and education community. Leading contemporary art …

Warehouse Ideas: Terrarium Lightbulbs

Warehouse Ideas: Terrarium Lightbulbs

Posted on August 11, 2014 by

With an abundant of lightbulbs in the warehouse’s hardware section, we had a bright idea to turn these bulbs into terrariums. We have lots of items in the arts and crafts section of the warehouse that can be used for …

Theatre 167 and Multiplicity in Storytelling

Theatre 167 and Multiplicity in Storytelling

Posted on July 28, 2014 by

167 different languages are spoken in the Jackson Heights community in Queens, which is also known as America’s most diverse neighborhood. Supporting artists of wide-ranging backgrounds, Theatre 167′s collaborative process produces work that investigates cultural and artistic intersections, boundaries, and …

Art, Reuse, and Education at the Guggenheim

Art, Reuse, and Education at the Guggenheim

Posted on July 25, 2014 by

By Alexandra Ruiz and Alissa Valeri Part of a mini-series highlighting New York City museums as materials donors and recipients of MFTA. We deeply appreciate these cultural institutions’ generosity and contributions towards the sustainability of the city’s arts and education community. …

Around the City: Art Cart

Around the City: Art Cart

Posted on July 3, 2014 by

The Bryant Park Art Cart lets visitors borrow free drawing and craft supplies so they can find their inner artist. Available materials typically include professional-quality drawing tools: pencils, brush pens, charcoal, blending stumps, erasers, and even sketch boards. The Cart …