Puppets Parading for the Environment

Puppets Parading for the Environment

Posted on August 2, 2013 by

The Newtown Creek Celebration: Puppet Parade and Pageant is a free summer program partially funded by the Brooklyn Arts Council that engages local environmental concerns through theater and visual art. Starting on August 1, Everybody Act! Theater began working with over 70 …

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 …

The greenest Muppets

The greenest Muppets

Posted on May 21, 2013 by

At MFTA, we love seeing how puppets are used as creative learning tools. We’re very excited to hear that the A-listers, the crème de la crème of puppet entertainers and educators, the very famous Muppets are moving into the neighborhood. Today, …

Make some noise

Make some noise

Posted on May 16, 2013 by

Clappers aren’t just for sporting events and corporate conventions. Joe Rapp Inc donated over 20 boxes of these noisemakers to MFTA, and they can be reused to bring cheer and applause to your school or organization. With a little bit …

Fall Art of Reuse Workshop Series for community-based educators

Fall Art of Reuse Workshop Series for community-based educators

Posted on August 30, 2012 by

10-hour Professional Development Series for Community-based Educators Learn to make a variety of art projects by creatively reusing items from the recycling bin and free supplies from Materials for the Arts. During this 10-hour professional development series participants create their …

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 …

Learning ELA in the shadows!

Posted on June 13, 2012 by

On June 7, over 50 teachers and staff from New York City public schools joined us at Materials for the Arts and MFTA recipient Frank Sinatra School of the Arts High School to learn how to bring puppetry into their English classes. Check …

Bringing Literacy to Life: June 7 Shadow Puppetry Workshop for English Language Arts

Bringing Literacy to Life: June 7 Shadow Puppetry Workshop for English Language Arts

Posted on May 17, 2012 by

Learn to bring literacy to life using shadow puppetry during this hands-on workshop with Joy Suarez at Materials for the Arts. Using items from the recycling bin and free supplies from MFTA, participants will learn techniques to create a variety …

Third Thursdays: Animation Dance Party video

Posted on May 11, 2012 by

We thank the participants in April’s Third Thursday open studio workshop and Gregory VandeHey of MFTA recipient Free Style Arts Association

Paying it forward in Staten Island

Posted on April 4, 2012 by

These photos were sent by Wynter, an art teacher from Tottenville High School in Staten Island. She used fabric, buttons, and other materials from the warehouse to make bags, accessories, and hand puppets with her students. In her words, her “fashion …