News & Updates

Keep The Rhythm

Join us on June 13 to celebrate Black Music Month at Weeksville Heritage Center.

Artists and Arts Organizations Help With Masks and Mourning Room at Hospital

During the Covid-19 outbreak, Materials for the Arts has supported NYC Health + Hospitals with donations.

14 Ways to Give Back in NYC, Based on What You’re Into

Materials for the Arts was included in a list of organizations you can support during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Summer Course Registration is Open!

Register for MFTA's Summer 2020 Professional Development Courses for Educators! P-Credit/+30/A+/CTLE offered with additional ASPDP Registration.

Virtual Talk

Join us on Thursday, May 21 for a conversation with artist and sculptor, Lars Fisk and architect and designer of the September 11 Memorial, Michael Arad.


As we meet the needs of our community head on, we hope that you will support our work.

NYC Climate Hero

On the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, MFTA Executive Director Harriet Taub was named a NYC Climate Hero.

Support for Healthcare Workers

MFTA was proud to support NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan create a 24-Hour Respite Center for its health care workers during the COVID-19 outbreak.

COVID-19/Coronavirus Survey

Help us understand the impact of COVID-19 on you and your organization with this survey released in partnership with the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and Americans for the Arts. Complete this survey by Friday, May 8.

COVID-19/Coronavirus Resources for Nonprofits

During these unprecedented times, be sure that you and your organization have the necessary funding and guiding resources.

From Waste to Opportunity, Thanks to Creative Reuse Centers

Is it just waste, or could it be art? This German article takes a look at the impact of creative reuse centers.

Virtual Gallery Opening

Join us during Earth Month for the virtual opening of "Contemporary Reuse 2020."

MFTA’s Online Education Center

Visit our new online education page filled with resources for projects and lesson plans across the curriculum.

“Contemporary Reuse 2020”

Experience a guided tour of the MFTA Gallery's latest exhibition, "Contemporary Reuse 2020."

Tour the MFTA Warehouse

Take a special guided tour of MFTA and learn about our warehouse, classrooms, gallery, and Artist-in-Residence studio.

MFTA COVID-19 Update

Shopping and all other public events at MFTA have been cancelled until further notice.

JetBlue Valentine’s Day Raffle

Warm up your winter with some travel. Enter to win a pair of round-trip JetBlue plane tickets! All proceeds support Friends of Materials for the Arts' education and public programming.
Image of the newspaper clipping of the "Bygone Buttons Fill Hole for Arts Groups" story in the Wall Street Journal. In the clipping there is a photo of a man and a woman looking through the bins at Materials for the Arts for buttons. THere are also upclose pictures of vintage buttons in the Materials for the Arts warehouse.

“Bygone Buttons Fill a Hole for New York Arts Groups” – WSJ

"When Millicent Safro was shutting down her Upper East Side shop Tender Buttons last summer, she did so thinking she might find a new location for the half-century-old sewing-supply emporium..."
Woman looks at Whitney Oldenburg's sculpture titled Shoe Lace in the MFTA Gallery. The sculpture is made of intertwined ventilation tubing covered in bright orange yarn-like cord.

Explore Whitney Oldenburg’s Exhibition: “Loose Ends” on view in the MFTA Gallery

"Loose Ends" includes the largest sculpture to ever be on view in the MFTA Gallery. Oldenburg's work will be on view at MFTA until March 6, 2020.

Spring 2020 Courses for Educators (P-Credit /+30 / CTLE)

Register for MFTA's Spring 2020 Professional Development Courses for Educators! P-Credit/ +30/ CTLE Credits offered with additional ASPDP registration. Now Open!

Gallery Exhibition Opening: “Loose Ends” by Whitney Oldenburg

Join us for the exhibition opening of "Loose Ends" by MFTA’s Fall 2019 Artist-in-Residence, Whitney Oldenburg, and a live violin performance by Laura Ortman.

This #GivingTuesday Support Creative Reuse

Join us in continuing to enhance the mission of Materials for the Arts. Your contribution will go directly towards strengthening our many educational programs...

Big Savings for Teachers at Queens Warehouse – NBC New York

Check out our featured story with NBC New York about teachers shopping at MFTA.

Dance Performance and Artmaking

Explore the connection between performance and design with Valerie Green/Dance Entropy on Thursday, November 21...
Close up of the green MFTA banner in the MFTA warehouse. The banner displays the MFTA logo with the words "Materials for the Arts Department of Cultural Affairs" beneath. Dressed up mannequins are to the right of the sign.

Notice – MFTA Closing Dates – October 2019

Please be aware that MFTA will be closed for a few dates in October to train staff on our new website and database...

Chancellor’s Conference Day: Creative Reuse Workshop (CTLE)

Election Day/Chancellor's Conference Day for Staff Development. Learn to create percussion instruments using found objects from our warehouse. Immerse yourself in global rhythms while learning how to integrate them into your classroom curriculum...

Masked Marvelous – Let’s Party!

Join us on Thursday, October 24, 2019 for Materials for the Arts’ annual cocktail party.Enjoy local cuisine, signature cocktails, mask-making, music, dancing, entertainment...
Geometric sculptures made from cardboard are reflected in red, organge, and blue Plexiglas.

Gallery Exhibit Opening & Artmaking

On Thursday, September 19, 6-9pm, we invite guests to tour our newest gallery exhibition and create reuse art. Enjoy live music by Mister Cam-Run at the opening event...
Three women hold shopping carts filled with supplies from the MFTA warehouse.

MFTA’s Back to School Kickoff

We're celebrating STEAM for our fifth annual Back to School Kickoff from August 27 until the end of September. Start the school year with creative reuse, sustainable shopping, and free classroom materials...

Fall 2019 Courses for Educators (P-Credit /+30 / CTLE)

Register for MFTA's Fall 2019 Professional Development Courses for Educators! P-Credit/ +30/ CTLE Credits offered with additional ASPDP registration. Now Open!

Artist Talk: Roberto Visani and Michael Kelly Williams

Join us on Thursday, August 15 for a conversation with our current and former Artists-in-Residence, Roberto Visani and Michael Kelly Williams. The two will discuss their art, personal stories, creative reuse, racial identity, and politics...

MFTA Gallery – The Artists of MFTA

MFTA's latest exhibition, The Artists of Materials for the Arts, is a collection of works created by MFTA staff and Teaching Artists. On view at the MFTA Gallery until Friday, September, 6...

CreateNYC Action Plan

MFTA was proud to host the launch of the CreateNYC Action Plan, NYC's first-ever comprehensive cultural plan.

Gallery Exhibit Opening: “The Artists of Materials for the Arts”

Join us to celebrate the opening of our newest gallery exhibit on Thursday, July 18 from 6-9pm. "The Artists of Materials for the Arts" features artwork created by MFTA staff and teaching artists...

Make Percussion Instruments

Learn unique ways to create percussion instruments and build them yourself with reusable materials...

New Member Orientation: November 2019

The Welcome Orientation on Monday, November 4, from 2:00pm – 3:00pm at Materials for the Arts is for newly accepted organizations and new staff members of already registered recipients only...

Summer Registration is Open!

Register for MFTA's Summer 2019 Professional Development Courses for Educators! P-Credit/+30/CTLE offered with additional ASPDP Registration.
NY-HS P Credit

Stonewall 50: Fashion & Activism (P-Credit/CTLE)

Presented by Materials for the Arts + New-York Historical Society. This two-day, one p-credit course dives into the 1969 Stonewall Uprising, and explores fashion, personal presentation, and modes of expression and LGBTQ+ activism from the mid-20th century through today.

Create Wood Assemblage Sculptures

Learn how reusable and distressed wood can be transformed into beautiful sculptures with artist Yasmin Gur...

Registration Open – Chancellor’s Conference Day Workshop

Chancellor’s Conference Day – Professional Development Creative Reuse Workshop for Educators is open for Registration! This hands-on studio class introduces arts integration and multi-modal instruction to classroom teachers...

Welcome to Earth Month

Come to the exciting events in the warehouse and at our partner organizations around NYC and learn how you can contribute to a healthier planet through Creative REuse.

Gallery Opening and Art Making

Join us this Earth Month for the gallery opening of Contemporary Reuse, a yearly exhibition which brings together artists who celebrate reusable materials. Tour the gallery and create straw sculptures at this festive event.

Windchime Exhibition and Auction

Composer and instrument-builder extraordinaire Skip LaPlante will perform his massive wind-chime composition created from “stuff nobody else wanted.”

Artexpo New York 2019

Materials for the Arts is proud to be a Community Partner of Artexpo. Enjoy a free 4-day Trade Pass (April 4-7)...

New Member Orientation: April 2019

The Welcome Orientation on Monday, April 1st, from 2:00 – 3:00pm at Materials for the Arts is for newly accepted organizations and new staff members of already registered recipients only...

Make Aquaponics Sculptures

Join us on Thursday, March 21 to learn how to grow plants in unique places, and build aquaponics systems with reusable materials...

Creative Reuse for Teachers (NYCATA/UFT Workshop)

Director of Education, JOHN CLOUD-KAISER, presents a "Creative Reuse for Teachers" workshop for teachers on Friday, March 22, 4:30 - 6:30PM at UFT in Manhattan. This is a creative...

MFTA Benefit Concert

Join us at for an evening of musical performances from Bad Hombres and many more at Berlin Under A. Proceeds from this benefit will support MFTA’s programming and community outreach initiatives...

Artist Talk at MFTA: Dionis Ortiz and Kleaver Cruz

Celebrate Black Future(s) Month at MFTA as writer Kleaver Cruz joins current MFTA Artist-in-Residence Dionis Ortiz in a dynamic conversation...

Professional Development – Paper Pulp to Fiction

Enhance your lesson plans with MFTA's Paper to Pulp Fiction P-Credit Course. Explore paper making projects across school subjects including math, science, social studies and literacy. Course begins in February.

Professional Development – STE(A)M P-Credit

Teachers, register for MFTA's STE(A)M and Paper P-Credit course to learn hands-on projects for your lesson plans.

Creative REuse Through Dance

Join us on Thursday, January 17 from 6:30-8:30pm for an evening of movement-based storytelling with artists Ambika Raina and Katrina Reid.

40 for 40 Challenge

Celebrate MFTA's 40th Anniversary by entering the $40 for 40 Challenge! Help us raise $10,000 by years' end and the Liman Foundation will match the donations!

Happiness in Rainbow Donations

Life in the MFTA Warehouse is pretty colorful...especially when incredible donations like this stash of fabric, compliments of Pantone, walk in on a cloudy day!

MFTA Gallery Opening Reception

Meet Materials for the Arts' fall 2018 Artist-in-Residence, Dionis Ortiz and experience his Creative REuse-inspired work during the MFTA Gallery Opening 12/14