After the Runway

After the Runway

Posted on February 18, 2014 by

The NYC fashion industry has been helping Materials for the Arts pile on the pounds for decades. In just the last 3 years, the industry has diverted 127,000 pounds of materials away from the landfill by donating to us. In …

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 …

Sustaining Shakespeare

Sustaining Shakespeare

Posted on September 24, 2013 by

It’s officially fall, and one of the the things we’re going to miss most about summer is outdoor theater, like Hip to Hip Theatre Company‘s free Shakespeare on the Waterfront at Socrates Sculpture Park. For their seventh season, they toured Love’s …

Fabric in Three Ways

Fabric in Three Ways

Posted on August 21, 2013 by

The Flea Theater brings their adventurous and experimental spirit into the Materials for the Arts warehouse. They’ve found multiple ways to reuse fabric in their costume and set designs for their dozens of new works each season. Their fashionable and …

The Classroom Dinner Table

The Classroom Dinner Table

Posted on August 14, 2013 by

Eighth grade students at the all-girls Young Women’s Leadership School of Brooklyn (P.S. 614) worked with their ELA teacher Josephine Ramage to honor inspirational women in their lives through a creative reuse project inspired by Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party. This centerpiece …

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 …

DIY: No-sew T-shirt scarf

DIY: No-sew T-shirt scarf

Posted on August 22, 2012 by

Enjoy the thought of making wearable art pieces but lack confidence in your sewing capabilities? No problem! MFTA’s own Jenny Kraft has found a way to take any old shirt and transform it into a fun scarf without any needle …

Maple Grove: Not just a cemetery!

Maple Grove: Not just a cemetery!

Posted on August 2, 2012 by

Ever think you’d be able to see a puppet show in a cemetery? At Maple Grove Cemetery you can do just that, and more. Earlier this week, Carl Ballenas at Friends of Maple Grove (an MFTA recipient since 2009) in …

Macy’s and MFTA: Partners in time

Macy’s and MFTA: Partners in time

Posted on July 26, 2012 by

This Tuesday we opened up our warehouse to 17 college interns from Macy’s, as a part of their Intern Give Back Day. The day is part of Macy’s Partners in Time program, which coordinates year-round volunteering opportunities for the company’s …