Two Wheels are Better Than Four!

Two Wheels are Better Than Four!

Posted on April 9, 2014 by

Bicycles are coming up in the ranks in NYC, and it’s about time! With recent changes like the Department of Transportation creation of friendlier roads for bikes, and Citibike’s bike sharing network where thousands of bicycles throughout the city are …

Ballet Makers and Shakers

Ballet Makers and Shakers

Posted on April 3, 2014 by

Recently, we facilitated the eighth annual Capezio Ballet Makers donation of dancewear and supplies to 192 NYC public schools.  In partnership with the Department of Education’s Office of Arts and Special Projects, schools with a full-time dance teacher and a dance …

Mixed Media Catchers

Mixed Media Catchers

Posted on March 4, 2014 by

Before they became generalized symbols of indigenous and Native American culture as a whole, dreamcatchers originated with the Ojibwe people. They are intended to filter out bad dreams, leaving only the good thoughts behind. The circular shape represents the way the …

The Healing Power of Art

The Healing Power of Art

Posted on February 19, 2014 by

Wilhelmina Grant is known as Miss Happy by her patients. Recently, she was honored with the United Hospital Fund’s 2014 Hospital Auxilian and Volunteer Achievement Awards. Since 2011, Wilhelmina has been a Creative Center at University Settlement Artist-In-Residence (AIR) at the …

Know an Artist: Rory Golden

Know an Artist: Rory Golden

Posted on February 6, 2014 by

Rory Golden is an interdisciplinary multimedia artist who uses ideas about love and relationships to address race and gender oppression. He came across Materials for the Arts through a sponsorship by our recipient Aubin Pictures, a nonprofit documentary media production company that promotes sociocultural …

Happy Chinese New Year!

Happy Chinese New Year!

Posted on January 31, 2014 by

Our newly returning recipient, the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is hosting a Lunar New Year celebration on Saturday, February 1 from 11 am  - 4 pm to usher in the Year of the Horse. Their annual family festival celebrates Chinese …

Mixed Media Fluxers

Mixed Media Fluxers

Posted on January 13, 2014 by

This year, Flux Factory honors our Executive Director Harriet Taub during the Scrappy Awards ceremony at their annual Not-So-Silent Auction on Wednesday, January 15. The auction features over 50 artworks from the Flux Factory’s extensive community of artists. For twenty years, Flux …

Welcome to the Family

Welcome to the Family

Posted on December 30, 2013 by

In 2013, we had 163 new recipients join our family. Together, they diverted 49,418 pounds of materials from the landfill and also created some beautiful artwork and hosted incredible programs in the process. Some of our newer members have productions …

Origomu: Designing Empowerment

Origomu: Designing Empowerment

Posted on December 17, 2013 by

Chilean-born artist Tatiana Pages encourages people to change the world with their own hands. She founded the Origomu movement, transforming recycling plastic materials into creative expression. Origomu means “folding rubber” in Japanese, and the movement invites people to turn plastic …

Know an Artist: Molly Dilworth

Know an Artist: Molly Dilworth

Posted on December 5, 2013 by

Brooklyn-based artist Molly Dilworth is one of the artists-in-residence in the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s nine-month studio program Workspace. The program provides artists with studio space in some of New York City’s most notable landmarks.  Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Molly’s …