Donor Spotlight: Canvas Society Industries

Donor Spotlight: Canvas Society Industries

Posted on June 13, 2014 by

New York-based paper goods company Canvas Society Industries brings together quality, functionality, style, and sustainability. Passionate about the classic form of written communication, Canvas Society creates custom paper goods and lifestyle accessories, such as notepads and stationary products, out of hemp …

Courtesy is Contagious

Courtesy is Contagious

Posted on June 27, 2013 by

A big part of joining the Materials for the Arts family is writing thank you letters–we thank our donors for their generosity and our recipients thank us, and our donors, by sharing stories of how they’ve put our materials to …

Recycling with Sims Metal Management

Recycling with Sims Metal Management

Posted on August 27, 2012 by

Ever wonder what really happens to your plastic water bottle after you throw it in the recycling container? Recently, our Executive Director Harriet Taub took a morning to visit the Sims Metal Management recycling facility in Jersey City. Located on the …

Third Thursday: Easy Abstraction Workshop

Third Thursday: Easy Abstraction Workshop

Posted on August 10, 2012 by

Third Thursday: Easy Abstraction Workshop Free. Thursday, August 16, 6-8 pm Join Joy Suarez at Materials for the Arts to learn an easy and fun technique that uses items from the medicine cabinet and the kitchen pantry to create stunning …

DIY project: CD calendar

DIY project: CD calendar

Posted on August 1, 2012 by

With the rise in popularity of portable gadgets that have more than one function (my phone can play music, take pictures, do math, etc.), people have basically stopped using CDs–not to mention cassette tapes and records. Instead of throwing obsolete …

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 …

Appropriating the Unwanted: Collage and creative reuse

Appropriating the Unwanted: Collage and creative reuse

Posted on July 17, 2012 by

We are thrilled that Haydee Naula is completing an internship with us this summer. Haydee first came to MFTA when she was working at PS 112 in Queens with the educational nonprofit (and MFTA recipient) City Year. In addition to …

Thank you, June donors!

Posted on June 22, 2012 by

At MFTA, donations make our world go round! We received (literally) tons of donations this month. Here are just a few of the generous donors who gave us all kinds of great items in June: We are glad that Patricia …

A fire-breathing paper dragon

A fire-breathing paper dragon

Posted on May 29, 2012 by

Myrna Perez Fung, Parent Coordinator at PS 188 Kingsbury, in Oakland Gardens, Queens, sent us a picture of this really cool dragon created by PTA parents for the school’s Lunar New Year Show. This dragon is a great example of something …

Discussing reuse with Ralph Nader

Discussing reuse with Ralph Nader

Posted on May 24, 2012 by

Established in 2004, by our partner within the New York City Department of Sanitation, the Bureau of Waste Prevention, Reuse, and Recycling, and housed at the City College of New York’s Grove School of Engineering, the Materials Exchange Development Program …