Field Trips

Book a Field Trip

john with class websiteCome 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. $175 for a 90-minute group visit; special prices for Title I schools

Contact the Education Center
Tel. 718-729-2165





I joined my son on a school trip as a chaperone to Materials for the Arts. I was impressed with the staff’s interest in the students and with the informative presentations.  The students were engaged, had a wonderful time and learned so much from their experience. Please thank everyone for me.- Queens Borough President Melinda Katz


Zero Waste School Awards


Material for the Arts’ (MFTA) Reuse Challenge: Formerly known as Golden Apple Award’s Reduce & Reuse contest, MFTA’s REUSE CHALLENGE will focus on creative reuse projects.

Throughout the school year, hundreds of schools across New York City will be joining in the Reuse Challenge, creating art pieces and school projects by creatively reusing the leftover materials in their communities.

Any NYC school can set up their account online so their students can upload examples of their projects to the Zero Waste Schools website and showcase the creative ways that they are helping the environment.

There are many prizes for winners across the five boroughs and this challenge is a great way to inspire school communities to access art materials they didn’t even know they had, and inspire sustainability education. Top winners will receive trophies, T-shirts, and even cash prizes that schools can use to increase their sustainability education projects.

Materials for the Arts (MFTA) collects surplus materials from businesses and individuals and redistributes them, free of charge, to nonprofits with ongoing arts programming and New York City public schools.


Top winners will receive T-shirts, with the grand prize being up to $5,000.

Contest Evaluation
Schools are evaluated on:

  • Student Created Work – Projects can be led by teachers but should be created by students.
  • Creative Reuse Component – Projects should utilize reused materials in resourceful new ways..
  • Curriculum Linked Projects should be linked to classroom studies and support learning engagement.
  • Large Population of Students Engaged – Projects should engage all or most of the student body.
  • Community Engagement – Projects should have impact on the larger school community.
  • Volume of Projects – Projects should happen throughout the year with different students in different ways.
GrowNYC Recycling Champions Program’s Super Recyclers

Formerly known as Golden Apple Award’s Super Recyclers, Recycling Champions’ Super Recyclers will focus on exemplary recycling programs.

Zero Waste Schools Challenge

A brand new compliance and data-driven contest for the first 100 ZWS.

Commissioner’s Cup
A brand new contest for all schools, chosen by the DSNY Commissioner

In each contest, schools compete within their borough and grade division (elementary, intermediate, or high school) for significant cash awards. Learn more about the contest at .

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