Inside the Studio: Bernard Klevickas

Inside the Studio: Bernard Klevickas

Posted on March 12, 2014 by

Materials for the Arts’ spring artist-in-residence Bernard Klevickas has settled into our studio space in the Paper Room. Our artists are inspired by the materials they find in the warehouse, and so far, Bernard has been meticulously sorting through discoveries …

Photo Stills: Reuse Remixed

Photo Stills: Reuse Remixed

Posted on March 7, 2014 by

Last night over 100 amazing members of the NYC community showed up for our opening of Reuse Remixed, our first-ever exhibit featuring small works by a diverse group of artists from recipient organizations. The show includes over 150 art pieces by 60 …

Salvage the Drive-In

Salvage the Drive-In

Posted on September 23, 2013 by

The Empire Drive-In is a large-scale theater installation made out of wrecked cars and it’s coming soon to the New York Hall of Science‘s parking lot this October. Audiences can climb in and out of 60 different cars and trucks reclaimed from …

Living in a Material World

Living in a Material World

Posted on August 15, 2013 by

As thrift store junkies and creative reuse advocates, we were happy to spend a Sunday afternoon at Astoria Park Alliance’s Build It Green NYC Shore Fest. Materials for the Arts, along with Goodwill, GrowNYC, Greenmarket, Recycle-a-Bicycle, Queens Botanical Garden, and …

We love our summer interns

We love our summer interns

Posted on August 14, 2013 by

This summer, we had three interns join us in the office and the warehouse. Recipients, you may have seen them at check-in or check-out during shopping appointments in the warehouse. Behind-the-scenes, our interns helped us with thank you letters, assisted …

Costumes of Oz

Costumes of Oz

Posted on August 13, 2013 by

One of our newest recipients, Haberdasher Theatre, celebrates their eighth season by bringing back The Wonderful Remix of Oz. Their modern-day metropolitan update on the cult-classic takes Dorothy on an adventure through the big city of Oz to find the Wizard, …

Building Fabric Forts

Building Fabric Forts

Posted on June 7, 2013 by

 When you were little, did you ever make forts out of pillows and blankets? Inside this cozy spot, you could escape the world around you and pretend you were anywhere. In Spellbound Theater’s latest play, Under the Tree, Pea, a young girl, travels …

Media Makers and Mosaics

Media Makers and Mosaics

Posted on June 6, 2013 by

The Children’s Media Association (CMA) recently visited us for an evening of reuse art-making. After touring the warehouse and learning about the continous life cycle of our eclectic materials, they made mosaics with our teaching artist Joy Suarez out of the many …

Spin Those Creative Wheels

Spin Those Creative Wheels

Posted on June 5, 2013 by

Bicycles have long been a symbol of sustainability and creative reuse. This pedal-powered form of transportation represents a green lifestyle. Passed down from owner to owner, they’re well-loved by their different riders who may use them to commute, to shop, …

Reuse Runway

Reuse Runway

Posted on May 29, 2013 by

Trash bag tutus, plastic bag party dresses, and paper pleated skirts. Aspiring young artists at M.S. 254 in the Bronx transformed cast-offs into an enviable closet of unique gowns and garments. Students in the Fashion Class, part of the Community Association …