Learn the Art of Creative Reuse

The MFTA Education Center offers high-impact workshops and classes to teachers, students and the public. Held at MFTA’s Long Island City facility and in schools across NYC, these workshops focus on the Creative Reuse of everyday materials and increase student engagement by showing teachers how to integrate the arts across the curriculum.  MFTA’s teaching artists model useful techniques and showcase ideas that support our Creative Reuse philosophy, inspiring teachers to include more art in their schools.

Important Notice:
Due to COVID-19, we have transformed many of our in-person education programs into online classes, videos, and webpages. Visit our professional development page to register for our Fall 2020 live, online P-Credit / CTLE courses. Enter our newly launched MFTA Online Education Center for free lesson plans and art classes for your students. Schedule a virtual field trip to MFTA, so your class can learn about sustainability and creative reuse.

Back to School 2020

Whether you are at home or in the classroom, bring creative reuse to your students with our online resources, lesson plans, and activities.


Earn P- and CTLE Credits while taking your educational career to the next level.


Help students & parents make more meaningful connections between sustainability & art.


Bring your students to the MFTA warehouse for multimodal arts learning activities.


Bring Creative Reuse into any community with multi-generational family engagement events.


Paper; Pulp to Fiction (Online: Summer 2021)

July 26 @ 9:00 am - July 31 @ 5:00 pm

This studio class will take a single product, paper, and work out the historical, economic, scientific, social and mathematical properties that are inherent in its use and production; all through hands-on art making...


From Posters to Podcasts: Social Activism from the 20th Century to Today (Online: Summer 2021)

August 9 @ 9:00 am - August 14 @ 5:00 pm

This course takes place at MFTA and at the NY Historical Society. The purpose of this course is to build teacher content knowledge around 20th and 21st century social activism...

“Through MFTA educational programs and field trips, our teachers are able to find close connections between the artwork the students create and our core curriculum, which helps the students find relevance and a deeper understanding in what they are learning.”
James E. Brown
Principal, PS 297 in Brooklyn



supplier of materials to NYC public schools


Students visit MFTA each year


reached via MFTA Education Center programs

Be a model for sustainability and take the Zero Waste School pledge. Click here to learn about related contests and grants offered through partnerships with the Department of Sanitation, the Department of Education and MFTA.