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The Education Center at Materials for the Arts offers programming focused on creative reuse: making art with readily available materials and the ever-changing MFTA warehouse inventory.

The Center hosts programs in two classroom studios, organizes exhibitions of recipient artwork in the MFTA Gallery, and sends teaching artists into the community to share the art of reuse. Since 2002, the Center’s programs have reached tens of thousands of educators, students, artists, therapists, afterschool leaders, and community service providers.

The Education Center offers:

  • Professional Development for Teachers:  Explore how items from the recycling bin and free supplies from Materials for the Arts can be creatively reused for curriculum-based projects. In these hands-on studio-style Professional Development Workshops, teachers, community-based educators, museum educators, after-school staff, arts programmers, social service providers, and teaching artists learn engaging projects for lessons in all content areas.
  • Field Trips: Come see where the magic happens: Bring your group to our treasure-filled, 35,000-square-foot facility in Long Island City. Visitors will learn the art of reuse firsthand as they tour the MFTA warehouse, explore our art gallery, and use their creativity to make artwork to take home.
  • In-school residencies: Residency programs bring Materials for the Arts to your school or site to enhance and reinforce curricula in math, science, social studies, and language arts. Teaching artists lead multiple art-making workshop sessions that model creative reuse and project-based learning for students and staff.
  • Art booths and Family Engagement NightsInvite an MFTA artist to your site for a creative reuse program or art booth designed for a large audience, or a series of in-class art workshops linked to your curriculum
  • Public Programs: Exhibitions, open studio nights, and workshops open to the public
  • Teambuilding Workshops: Principals from the Children First Network, staff from Louis Vuitton, and representatives from The UK Mission to the United Nations have all attended Team Building Workshops with MFTA, where participants work together to create large-scale collaborative art pieces such as quilts, sculptures, or mosaics for display at their site location.



John Cloud Kaiser, Director of Education
Tel. 718-729-2165
Fax. 718-729-2823

Education Center at MFTA
33-00 Northern Boulevard, Floor 3
Long Island City, NY 11101