Theatre 167 and Multiplicity in Storytelling

Theatre 167 and Multiplicity in Storytelling

Posted on July 28, 2014 by

167 different languages are spoken in the Jackson Heights community in Queens, which is also known as America’s most diverse neighborhood. Supporting artists of wide-ranging backgrounds, Theatre 167′s collaborative process produces work that investigates cultural and artistic intersections, boundaries, and …

The Piggy Bank Project

The Piggy Bank Project

Posted on July 16, 2014 by

PS 209 in Queens, Clearview Gardens Elementary School, was the borough winner for the Department of Sanitation’s Golden Apple Award for the Reduce and Reuse Challenge as well as the Queens Golden Shovel Award winner. Throughout the year, Materials for the Arts …

Artist Spotlight: Ged Merino

Artist Spotlight: Ged Merino

Posted on May 28, 2014 by

Queens-based Filipino-American visual artist Ged Merino is a painter with printmaker sensibilities. He co-founded Bliss on Bliss Art Projects in Sunnyside with his wife Carolina Morales. The cross-cultural arts center provides an intimate venue for contemporary artists, writers, filmmakers, scholars, …

Know an Artist: Mary Valverde

Know an Artist: Mary Valverde

Posted on February 18, 2014 by

Mary Valverde’s work examines both the theory and aesthetics of diaspora, migration, and cultural resilience. She approaches art-making as creative research, exploring how objects are systemically arranged and collected, as well as how these materials can evoke memories in individuals and in …

Conversations: Joy Suarez on creative reuse, project-based learning, and Common Core

Conversations: Joy Suarez on creative reuse, project-based learning, and Common Core

Posted on February 11, 2014 by

Materials for the Arts’ Residencies place MFTA Teaching Artists into schools for extended periods of time. During PS 209’s MFTA Residency with Master Teaching Artist Joy Suarez, second and fifth grade students created mixed media mosaics out of supplies from …

Origomu: Designing Empowerment

Origomu: Designing Empowerment

Posted on December 17, 2013 by

Chilean-born artist Tatiana Pages encourages people to change the world with their own hands. She founded the Origomu movement, transforming recycling plastic materials into creative expression. Origomu means “folding rubber” in Japanese, and the movement invites people to turn plastic …

Photo Stills: Shadow Puppets Travel the World

Photo Stills: Shadow Puppets Travel the World

Posted on December 12, 2013 by

PS 107 in Flushing, Queens hosted a Materials for the Arts in-school residency led by master teaching artist Joy Suarez and teaching musician Louie Miranda. During the six shadow-puppet workshops, third graders wrote a script, created puppets from reused materials and …

Queens as a Cultural Destination

Queens as a Cultural Destination

Posted on November 7, 2013 by

Our friends at the Queens Museum are re-opening their doors after 5 years of renovations! Of course, they never really left…their robust educational programming has been ongoing during their expansion. Now, they welcome visitors into their new space with the …

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 …

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 …