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New York, NY 11101 United States

November 2021

18
Nov

Upcycled Handbags with Artist Donald Layne

November 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join MFTA online for a workshop with Donald Layne, a Bronx-based artist and carpenter who makes handmade bags from leather and found materials. For our Third Thursday workshop, Layne will show you the tools to create your very own custom-made handbag. MFTA Director of Education John Cloud Kaiser will interview Layne about his creative process, how he began crafting handbags, and his work with young designers in the Bronx. This presentation will premiere on YouTube at 7:00pm, where attendees can chat…

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Free
13
Nov

Project Based Learning; Making Books, Games and Props to Animate for Multi Media Presentations (Online: Fall 2021)

November 13, 2021 @ 9:00 am - January 8, 2022 @ 5:00 pm

This course is designed for teachers who are interested in offering their students a deeper investigation of STEAM through project-based learning by using reusable materials and technology. Through guided art and technology instruction...

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$240.00

October 2021

14
Oct

Virtual Gallery: “The Path of Least Resistance” by Elisa Insua

October 14 @ 8:00 am - December 31 @ 5:00 pm

MFTA Gallery is pleased to present “The Path of Least Resistance,” a solo exhibition of new upcycled assemblage works by MFTA Spring 2021 Artist-in-Residence Elisa Insua. In her latest series of works, Insua continues her exploration of found objects, nontraditional art materials, and their relationship to social and economic issues. Her works feature a variety of discarded objects including glimmering pieces of jewelry and charms, sleek black electronics, playful knick-knacks and toys, and dazzling beads, which become poetic interpretations of…

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02
Oct

Canceled–Creative Infusion: Art and Reuse in the Classroom (Online: Fall 2021)

October 2 @ 9:00 am - November 6 @ 5:00 pm

Creative Infusion is an introduction to a wide range of ideas, techniques and methods used for integrating art made with reusable and recycled materials across the curriculum...

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$240.00

September 2021

22
Sep

Junk Kouture Workshop: Live – with Materials for the Arts

September 22 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm

As part of Climate Week NYC, Junk Kouture takes over Materials for the Arts for a celebration of creativity, fashion and sustainability.

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August 2021

19
Aug

Creative Reuse in Fashion: An Interview with Rick Davy, Founder of BK Style Foundation

August 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join MFTA online for a conversation about creative reuse in fashion with BK Style Foundation, a Brooklyn-based nonprofit, which showcases emerging designers and provides educational programs to young people interested in careers in fashion.

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Free
09
Aug

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...

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$240.00

July 2021

26
Jul

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...

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$240.00
21
Jul

MFTA Gallery – “The Path of Least Resistance” by Elisa Insua

July 21 @ 2:00 pm - October 14 @ 4:00 pm

Visit MFTA Gallery for artist Elisa Insua's solo exhibition, "The Path of Least Resistance." As MFTA's Spring 2020 Artist-in-Residence, Insua has transformed buttons, beads, jewelry, electronics, and toys into elaborate large-scale assemblage works that examine excess and consumption in our society. Born in Buenos Aires, Elisa Insua started her practice as a self-taught artist, creating assemblages and sculptures with discarded materials. In her work, Insua often explores concepts related to economics, overconsumption, and human insatiability. Her artwork has been shown…

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Free
19
Jul

PAPER MAKER- STEAM Across Curriculum Designing and Constructing with Paper (Online: Summer 2021)

July 19 @ 9:00 am - July 24 @ 5:00 pm

MFTA incorporates STEAM into each project based learning workshop designed for implementation across the classroom curriculum, easily modified, easy to turn key, participants will be able to provide a diverse level of learning techniques...

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$240.00
15
Jul

July 2021 | Third Thursday

July 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

MFTA's Third Thursday programming includes artists talks, interviews, artmaking events, and gallery tours.

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15
Jul

Gallery Exhibition Opening: “The Path of Least Resistance” by Elisa Insua

July 15 @ 4:00 pm - July 16 @ 7:00 pm

Join us in person at the MFTA Gallery for the exhibition opening of "The Path of Least Resistance" by Elisa Insua, MFTA Artist-in-Residence.

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Free
12
Jul

Protected: Props, Costumes and Set Design for Oral Presentations across the Curriculum (Online: Summer 2021)

This course is designed to enhance oral presentations in the classroom through the use of project-based learning to create props, costumes and set designs made from reusable materials. Through guided art instruction, participants create hands-on art projects...

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05
Jul

Protected: Creative Infusion: Art and Reuse in the Classroom (Online: Summer 2021)

Creative Infusion is an introduction to a wide range of ideas, techniques and methods used for integrating art made with reusable and recycled materials across the curriculum...

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June 2021

17
Jun

Musical Instrument Making with Louie Miranda

June 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us live this Music Month for a creative reuse instrument-making workshop with musician and MFTA Teaching Artist, Louie Miranda.

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Free

May 2021

20
May

Artist Talk with Remy Jungerman

May 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us this Thursday for a conversation with Remy Jungerman, a contemporary Surinamese-Dutch artist based in Amsterdam and New York.

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Free

April 2021

29
Apr

Creative Reuse – An Earth Month Art Class & Optional Professional Development Course for Educators (Online: CTLE Credits Only)

April 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Celebrate Earth Month with Materials for the Arts' Art Class with optional Professional Development Credits on April 29th! This hands-on studio class introduces Creative Reuse...

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$50.00
22
Apr

Approaches to Paper Collage – An Earth Day Art Class & Optional Professional Development Course for Educators (Online: CTLE Credits Only)

April 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Celebrate Earth Day with Materials for the Arts' Art Class with Optional Professional Development Credits on April 22nd! This class will introduce paper collage and its applications...

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$50.00
15
Apr

Creative Reuse Screen Printing with Lucky Fish Founder, Jann Cheifitz

April 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for a screen print demonstration and conversation with Lucky Fish print shop owner Jann Cheifitz...

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Free
10
Apr

Project Based Learning; Making Books, Games and Props to Animate for Multi Media Presentations (Online: Spring 2021)

April 10 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This course is designed for teachers who are interested in offering their students a deeper investigation of STEAM through project-based learning by using reusable materials and technology. Through guided art and technology instruction...

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$240.00

March 2021

24
Mar

Guided Tour of Materials for the Arts

March 24 @ 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

Join us for a live tour of Materials for the Arts and learn more about NYC’s premier creative reuse center.

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Free
18
Mar

Creating Space: An Artist Talk with Konstance Patton

March 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us online for a live conversation with NYC-based artist Konstance Patton and MFTA Director of Education John Cloud Kaiser. Patton is an Indigenous American sculptor, illustrator, musician, and animator whose work often explores the relationship between culture, spirituality, and identity.

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Free
04
Mar

Fashion & Sustainability: A Fashion Show with Materials for the Arts & BK Style Foundation

March 4 @ 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm

ReFashion Week NYC Event Join us online for an encore presentation of the Materials for the Arts and BK Style Foundation sustainable fashion show and workshop. BK Style is a Brooklyn-based nonprofit, which showcases emerging designers and provides educational programs to young people interested in careers in fashion. For this special event, BK Style Founder Rick Davy will lead a team of designers in incorporating reusable materials from the MFTA warehouse to create upcycled fashion designs. MFTA presents this event…

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Free

February 2021

24
Feb

Fashion & Sustainability | A Fashion Workshop with BK Style Foundation

February 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join MFTA and BK Style Foundation online for a live sustainable fashion show and workshop...

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Free
06
Feb

Props, Costumes and Set Design for Oral Presentations across the Curriculum (Online: Spring 2021)

February 6 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This course is designed to enhance oral presentations in the classroom through the use of project-based learning to create props, costumes and set designs made from reusable materials. Through guided art instruction, participants create hands-on art projects...

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$240.00

January 2021

21
Jan

“Archetypes: A Visual Soundtrack” by Dario Mohr – MFTA Gallery Exhibition Opening

January 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for the virtual opening of the solo exhibition by MFTA's Fall 2020 Artist-in-Residence, Dario Mohr. While working at MFTA, Mohr has transformed fabric, furniture, and found objects into twelve shrine-like assemblage works...

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Free

December 2020

17
Dec

Creative Reuse Holiday Crafts with Pamela Isaac

December 17, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us on Thursday, December 17 to make small creative reuse gifts and ornaments using items from around your home.

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Free

November 2020

19
Nov

Mapping, Observing & Communicating: A Conversation with John Landewe

November 19, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for a conversation with John Landewe, an artist who pushes the boundaries of conceptual art with his time-lapse videos, where he captures his intentional dance-like body motions created through his walks, bike rides, boat rides, and daily tasks.

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Free
07
Nov

PAPER MAKER- STEAM Across Curriculum Designing and Constructing with Paper (Fall 2020)

November 7, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

MFTA incorporates STEAM into each project based learning workshop designed for implementation across the classroom curriculum, easily modified, easy to turn key, participants will be able to provide a diverse level of learning techniques...

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$240.00

October 2020

15
Oct

Upcycled Mask Making

October 15, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for an evening of mask making, while you explore using items from around your own home.

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Free

September 2020

26
Sep

Creative Infusion: Art and Reuse in the Classroom (Fall 2020)

September 26, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Creative Infusion is an introduction to a wide range of ideas, techniques and methods used for integrating art made with reusable and recycled materials across the curriculum...

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$240.00
25
Sep

SVA Art and Activism: Nourishing Conscious Communities

September 25, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us on Friday, September 25 at 12pm for SVA's Art & Activism symposium, which is dedicated to exploring the relationship between environmental and social injustices and how our talents and voices can organize to nourish conscious communities.

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17
Sep

Guided Exhibition Tour: Phase 2: See something, Say something

September 17, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us off Thursday, September 17 for the virtual opening of the exhibition "Phase 2: See something, Say something" by MFTA Artist-in-Residence Tijay Mohammed.

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Free

August 2020

20
Aug

Reused Shop Rags – A Conversation with Jason Rohlf

August 20, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

As we think about ways to make art from objects around our own homes, MFTA invites you for a conversation with artist Jason Rohlf.

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Free
03
Aug

From Posters to Podcasts: Social Activism from the 20th Century to Today (Summer 2020)

August 3, 2020 @ 9:00 am - August 8, 2020 @ 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 and explore how current activism can be informed by activism of the past through hands-on art-making and STEAM integration...

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$240.00

July 2020

20
Jul

Project Based Learning; Making Books, Games and Props to Animate for Multi Media Presentations (Summer 2020)

July 20, 2020 @ 9:00 am - July 25, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

This course is designed for teachers who are interested in offering their students a deeper investigation of project based learning by using reusable materials...

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$240.00
16
Jul

Race, Art & Identity: A Conversation with Shaun Leonardo

July 16, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us online for a live conversation with NYC artist Shaun Leonardo. In his work, Leonardo explores systemic oppression and police violence against black and brown boys and men.

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Free
13
Jul

Music; the Sounds of Math, Science, and Social Studies (Summer 2020)

July 13, 2020 @ 9:00 am - July 18, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

This course is designed for teachers to integrate music into the classroom through fun and simple techniques, learning basic concepts found in music while designing a series of hands-on indigenous inspired instruments made from reusable materials to experiment on and compose rhythms with...

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$240.00
06
Jul

Creative Infusion: Art and Reuse in the Classroom (Summer 2020)

July 6, 2020 @ 9:00 am - July 11, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

Creative Infusion is an introduction to a wide range of ideas, techniques and methods used for integrating art made with reusable and recycled materials across the curriculum...

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$240.00

June 2020

18
Jun

Artist Talk with Tijay Mohammed

June 18, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us online for a live conversation with MFTA Spring 2020 Artist-in-Residence, Tijay Mohammed as he shares how heritage, culture, women, and community shape his practice.

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Free

May 2020

21
May

Virtual Talk: Art, Architecture & Sustainability

May 21, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for a conversation with the Artistic Director of Phish and Sculptor Lars Fisk, and Architect and Designer of the September 11 Memorial Michael Arad.

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Free

April 2020

16
Apr

Virtual Gallery Exhibition Opening – “Contemporary Reuse 2020”

April 16, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

MFTA invites you for a virtual guided tour of "Contemporary Reuse 2020" and an interactive online Q&A discussion with participating artists.

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Free
04
Apr

PAPER MAKER- STEAM Across Curriculum Designing and Constructing with Paper (Spring 2020)

April 4, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

SOLD OUT TO NEW PARTICIPANTS. If you have already registered for this course at ASPDP, then please enter the correct password to pay for your MFTA Registration Fee.

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$240.00

March 2020

19
Mar

Postponed – Contemporary Reuse 2020 – Exhibition Opening & Artmaking Night

March 19, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for the exhibition opening of "Contemporary Reuse 2020." This year's exhibition will feature the unique works of six artists: Cecile Chong, Lars Fisk, Howard Lerner, Tijay Mohammed, Carolina Piñafiel, and Jason Rohlf, who reuse materials in a various ways. 

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February 2020

20
Feb

Knotted Works with Whitney Oldenburg

February 20, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us to create knotted works of art with Whitney Oldenburg, MFTA’s Fall 2019 Artist-in-Residence.

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Free
08
Feb

Props, Costumes and Set Design for Oral Presentations across the Curriculum (Spring 2020)

February 8, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This course is designed to enhance oral presentations in the classroom through the use of project based learning to create props, costumes and set designs made from reusable materials. Through guided art instruction, participants create hands-on art projects that integrate differentiated instruction into various learning modalities and multiple subject areas, providing critical thinking skills to enhancing rigor in the classroom.

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$240.00

January 2020

16
Jan

Make Mitten Puppets with Author Fran Quittel

January 16, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us for an evening of puppet making and storytelling with accomplished author, Fran Quittel.

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Free

December 2019

19
Dec

Gallery Exhibition Opening: “Loose Ends” by Whitney Oldenburg

December 19, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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

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Free
19
Dec

On View at the MFTA Gallery: Loose Ends by Whitney Oldenburg

December 19, 2019 @ 9:00 am - March 6, 2020 @ 4:00 pm
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02
Dec

New Member Orientation: December 2019

December 2, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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

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Free

November 2019

21
Nov

Dance Performance and Artmaking

November 21, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Explore the connection between performance and design with Valerie Green/Dance Entropy. Make your own head sculpture inspired by VG/DE’s contemporary performance Utopia...

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Free
09
Nov

Music: The Sounds of Math, Science and Social Studies (Fall 2019)

November 9, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This course is designed for teachers to integrate music into the classroom through fun and simple techniques, learning basic concepts found in music while designing a series of hands-on indigenous inspired instruments...

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$240.00
05
Nov

Chancellor’s Conference Day: Creative Reuse Workshop

November 5, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Election Day/Chancellor's Conference Day for Staff Development at Materials for the Arts. 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...

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$49.00
04
Nov

New Member Orientation: November 2019

November 4, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The Welcome Orientation on Monday, November, 4 from 12:00 – 1:00pm at Materials for the Arts is for newly accepted organizations and new staff members of already registered...

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Free

October 2019

17
Oct

Make Masked Marvelous Decorations with Shelton Lindsay

October 17, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us to make decorations with the extraordinary artist, designer, and performer, Shelton Lindsay. This year, Lindsay is the designer and curator of our annual fundraiser, Masked Marvelous...

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Free
07
Oct

New Member Orientation: October 2019 (Canceled)

October 7, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This event has been canceled. Please visit see our November orientation scheduled for Monday, November 4.

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September 2019

21
Sep

Creative Infusion: Art and Reuse in the Classroom (Fall 2019)

September 21, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This course teaches teachers curriculum integration by giving them an understanding of Creative Reuse art techniques that they can use to teach literacy, math, science and social studies.

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$240.00
19
Sep

On View at the MFTA Gallery: Unknown Numbers

September 19, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - December 6, 2019 @ 12:00 pm

Materials for the Arts is pleased to present Unknown Numbers by MFTA Artist-in-Residence, Roberto Visani.

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19
Sep

Gallery Exhibit Opening: “Unknown Numbers” & Artmaking

September 19, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for the exhibition opening of "Unknown Numbers" by Roberto Visani. Visani will be showing new sculptures, photographs, and drawings created during his Spring residency at Materials for the Arts. Inspired by traditional African figurative sculpture...

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Free
09
Sep

New Member Orientation: September 2019

September 9, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The Welcome Orientation on Monday, September 9, from 12:00pm – 1:00pm at Materials for the Arts is for newly accepted organizations and new staff members of already registered...

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Free

August 2019

15
Aug

Artist Talk: Roberto Visani and Michael Kelly Williams

August 15, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us 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, during this special celebration of artists.

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Free
01
Aug

New Member Orientation: August 2019

August 1, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Welcome Orientation on Thursday, July 11th, from 12:00 – 1:00pm at Materials for the Arts is for newly accepted organizations and new staff members of already registered...

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Free

July 2019

29
Jul

Raw Fibers – The Art of Fabric (Summer 2019)

July 29, 2019 - August 3, 2019

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

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$240.00
22
Jul

Project Based Learning – Making Books, Games and Props to Animate for Multi Media Presentations (Summer 2019)

July 22, 2019 - July 27, 2019

This course is designed for teachers who are interested in offering their students a deeper investigation of project based learning by using reusable materials...

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$240.00
18
Jul

On View at the MFTA Gallery: The Artists of Materials for the Arts

July 18, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - September 6, 2019 @ 3:00 pm

The Artists of Materials for the Arts showcases the creations of teaching artists and staff of MFTA. It is a collection of works made by those who teach, support, and practice creative reuse every day. MFTA’s teaching artists educate students, teachers, and the public in various forms of sustainable artmaking through workshops, field trips, and residencies. Our staff works to ensure the thousands of recipient organizations of MFTA have access to free materials; a vital resource to NYC’s artistic and…

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18
Jul

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

July 18, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

MFTA invites you to celebrate our newest gallery exhibit, The Artists of Materials for the Arts. This exhibit showcases artwork created by MFTA staff and teaching artists...

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Free
15
Jul

Creative Infusion – Art and Reuse in the Classroom (Summer 2019)

July 15, 2019 - July 20, 2019

SOLD OUT - Creative Infusion is an introduction to a wide range of ideas, techniques and methods used for integrating art made with reusable and recycled materials across the curriculum...

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$240.00
11
Jul

New Member Orientation: July 2019

July 11, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Welcome Orientation on Thursday, July 11th, from 12:00 – 1:00pm at Materials for the Arts is for newly accepted organizations and new staff members of already registered...

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Free
08
Jul

Music: The Sounds of Math, Science, and Social Studies (Summer 2019)

July 8, 2019 - July 13, 2019

SOLD OUT - This course is designed for teachers to integrate music into the classroom through fun and simple techniques, learning basic concepts found in music while...

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$240.00

June 2019

20
Jun

Make Percussion Instruments with Louie Miranda

June 20, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Learn unique ways to create percussion instruments and build them yourself with reusable materials from Materials for the Arts...

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Free
06
Jun

Chancellor’s Conference Day – Professional Development Creative Reuse Workshop for Educators

June 6, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

This hands-on studio class introduces arts integration and multi-modal instruction to classroom teachers...

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$50.00
03
Jun

New Member Orientation: June 2019

June 3, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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

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Free

May 2019

16
May

Create your own Wood Assemblage Sculpture

May 16, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Learn how reusable and distressed wood can be transformed into beautiful sculptures.

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Free
06
May

New Member Orientation: May 2019

May 6, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The Welcome Orientation on Monday, May 6th, from 2:00 – 3:00pm at Materials for the Arts is for newly accepted organizations and new staff members of already registered recipients only...

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Free

April 2019

18
Apr

On View at the MFTA Gallery: Contemporary Reuse 2019

April 18, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - June 14, 2019 @ 1:00 pm

Contemporary Reuse is a yearly exhibit that brings together the work of current and impactful artists who celebrate reusable materials in their art practice. On display are a wide variety of explorations into reuse in art.

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18
Apr

Contemporary Reuse 2019 – Gallery Opening and Art Making

April 18, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for the gallery opening for Contemporary Reuse, a yearly exhibition which brings together the work of current and impactful artists who celebrate reusable materials in their art practice. On display are a wide variety of explorations into reuse in art.

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Free
01
Apr

New Member Orientation: April 2019

April 1, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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.

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Free

March 2019

30
Mar

Paper Maker: Teaching STE(A)M with Paper (Spring 2019)

March 30, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

In this studio art course, participants will experiment with numerous techniques found in cutting, folding, shaping and molding multiple weights and sizes of paper found in the MFTA warehouse. Participants use investigative thinking skills and problem-solving through a series of hands-on learning projects that promote higher cognitive learning skills.

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$240.00
21
Mar

Aquaponics Sculptures – MFTA Third Thursday

March 21, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Come to Materials for the Arts to learn how to grow plants in unique places, and learn how to build aquaponics systems with reusable materials...

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Free
04
Mar

New Member Orientation: March 2019

March 4, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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

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Free

February 2019

21
Feb

Quilting Workshop – MFTA Third Thursday

February 21, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us for an exciting evening of quilting. Working with unique, reused pieces of fabric, participants will be invited to create their very own quilt blocks. As one of  NYC’s premier fiber and needle arts organizations, Harlem Needle Arts presents this Third Thursday workshop as part of MFTA’s Black Future(s) Month celebration weaving together traditional African-American art forms with innovative quilting techniques. Artist Laura R. Gadson will lead the workshop and teach attendees how to blend textiles, and see everyday materials…

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Free
09
Feb

Paper Pulp to Fiction (Spring 2019)

February 9, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 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 ...

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$240.00
08
Feb

Artist Talk with Dionis Ortiz & Kleaver Cruz

February 8, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Celebrate Black Future(s) Month at MFTA as writer Kleaver Cruz joins current MFTA Artist-in-Residence Dionis Ortiz in a dynamic conversation. They will discuss artmaking, gender, race and what it means to be Dominican New Yorkers in this celebration of artists and identity.

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Free
04
Feb

New Member Orientation: February 2019

February 4, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The Welcome Orientation on Monday, February 4th,  from 2:00 – 3:00pm at Materials for the Arts is for newly accepted organizations and new staff members of already registered recipients only. Following the orientation there will be a short tour of the warehouse. The orientation and tour will take approximately 1 hour. If you intend to shop after the orientation, shopping will begin immediately after the tour. Seating is limited, please keep your registration to 2 people per organization. Please confirm…

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Free

January 2019

17
Jan

Character & Performance Workshop

January 17, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us for an evening of movement-based storytelling with artists Ambika Raina and Katrina Reid. Ambika and Katrina invite you to create your own performance art piece with reusable materials from MFTA.

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Free
07
Jan

New Member Orientation

January 7, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

The Welcome Orientation on Monday, January 7,  from 2:00 – 3:00pm at Materials for the Arts is for newly accepted organizations and new staff members of already registered recipients only. Following the orientation there will be a short tour of the warehouse. The orientation and tour will take approximately 1 hour. If you intend to shop after the orientation, shopping will begin immediately after the tour. Seating is limited, please keep your registration to 2 people per organization!

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Free

December 2018

14
Dec

Gallery Opening Reception – Dionis Ortiz

December 14, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Fall 2018 MFTA Artist-in-Residence Featuring musical performances by DJ Momar Clemons and the drummers of Miguel Pérez

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Dec

On View at the MFTA Gallery: Dionis Ortiz

December 14, 2018 @ 4:00 am - April 17, 2019 @ 9:00 am

Dionis Ortiz is an interdisciplinary artist working in painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, video, and installation. He employs these mediums to create a coming of age story as a Dominican New Yorker exploring masculinity, vulnerability, the supernatural, family, and religion, as well as how culture plays a role in his community and in his life. As the fall 2018 Artist-in-Residence, Ortiz is able to immerse himself in an atmosphere filled with a variety of re-usable materials that contribute to his installations,…

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October 2018

21
Oct

LOST AND FOUND AT MATERIALS FOR THE ARTS 1978 – 2018

October 21, 2018 @ 4:00 am - November 30, 2018 @ 12:00 pm

Since 1978, millions of items have come through the doors of Materials for the Arts to be repurposed, reused and reimagined.   A few years ago, we thought it would be exciting to highlight some of the more unusual, eclectic and downright weird items that have come our way.  This show is the culmination of that idea.  Many staff members and volunteers helped to curate the items you see here. We have to thank Sony, USA for the bulk of the…

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September 2018

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Sep

Steaming Forward

September 26, 2018 @ 4:00 am - October 21, 2018 @ 1:00 pm

STEAMing Forward: 2018 Summer Workshops for Educators Group Show. Each summer, MFTA offers four 36-hour courses for educators that highlight Creative Reuse across all grade levels and subject areas. Taught by Master Teacher Joy Suarez, these courses included paper architecture, fiber arts, stop-motion animation, music composition and instrument making using the project-based learning approach. Using materials found in the MFTA Warehouse, the summer educators explored how to bring the “magic of making” into their New York City classrooms.

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June 2018

21
Jun

Concrete Jungle

June 21, 2018 @ 4:00 am - August 23, 2018 @ 1:00 pm

Materials for the Arts is pleased to present Concrete Jungle, a solo exhibition of mixed-media and sculptural works by artist-in-residence Annalisa Iadicicco. Breathing new life and repurposing material that would otherwise have been left to wither and age compels Annalisa Iadicicco to create her work. Through her installations and sculptures, Iadicicco speaks to social injustices and environmental problems. With The Blue Bus Project, she shatters the confines of the insular art world, bringing artistic expressions to the streets while promoting…

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January 2018

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Jan

Sol’Sain’t Many Kin: All Sol’Skin is a Free Kin

January 18, 2018 @ 3:00 am - April 1, 2018 @ 1:00 pm

Materials for the Arts is pleased to present "Sol’Sain’t Many Kin: All Sol’Skin Is A Free Kin", a solo exhibition of mixed-media assemblage and sculptural works by artist-in-residence Sol’Sax. Retracing the lives and lessons of revered figures, Sol’Sax turns everyday objects extraordinary. Icons such as Josephine Baker, Fela Kuti and Muhammad Ali appear in the form of sculptures and mixed-media assemblages.

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September 2017

21
Sep

Contemporary Reuse

September 21, 2017 @ 4:00 am - December 4, 2017 @ 12:00 pm

Contemporary Reuse is an exhibit that brings together the work of current and impactful artists who celebrate reusable materials in their art practice. Sculptures made of car bumpers, fabric scraps, old puzzles, and cut-off wooden blocks, meet with collages made of shredded and ripped paper, alongside performances using metal hardware as instruments and textiles. Featuring artwork by Andrea Burgay, Pauline Galiana, Justin Horne, Annalisa Iadicicco, Adam Daniel Murray, Ben Pederson, and Sol Sax.

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June 2017

15
Jun

Twisted Woven Tied: Dianne Smith

June 15, 2017 @ 4:00 am - September 4, 2017 @ 1:00 pm

Twisted Woven Tied features 51 stunning works crafted from a wide range of culturally resonant materials. The items are not merely reused but are manipulated into new identities; ribbons knotted into upright forms, yarns cinched into bulbous figures and sisal ropes binding objects together. The use of discarded materials summons the harmony of lived experiences, inviting viewers to use the aesthetic as a springboard to explore and embrace their innermost thoughts and feelings on race, gender, religion, inequality and power.

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March 2017

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Mar

Institutional Memory: 35mm Slides From the Met’s Collection Reimagined

March 16, 2017 @ 4:00 am - June 2, 2017 @ 1:00 pm

While advances in technology have made physical photographic slides obsolete, this exhibition, created entirely from the recently digitized slide collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, reinvents the format as a new artistic medium. Materials for the Arts, the creative re-use center of the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art have teamed up to showcase new artwork created and inspired by the Met’s slide collection. Participating artists include Martina Mrongovius, Michael Kelly Williams, Andrea Wolf,…

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December 2016

05
Dec

Found and Funky: Michael Kelly Williams

December 5, 2016 @ 3:00 am - March 15, 2017 @ 1:00 pm

“Found and Funky,” a solo exhibition of mixed media and assemblage works produced by artist Michael Kelly Williams. Drawing inspiration from the expansive collection of found objects available in the MFTA warehouse, “Found” conveys the sense of affirmation in discovering new objects, while “Funky” pays homage to a popular jazz term used to convey praise of an art piece having achieved its highest form. In Found and Funky, Williams transforms items once deemed unworthy of use to a newly transcendent…

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September 2016

22
Sep

A Symphony of Chimes

September 22, 2016 @ 4:00 am - December 1, 2016 @ 12:00 pm

Skip LaPlante builds musical instruments out of broken glass, ceramic tea saucers, kitchen utensils, door keys, crooked nails, belt buckles, and rainbow-colored plastic toppers whose origins are unknown. This exhibition invites you to play music on these 130 wind chimes created entirely out of reusable materials by LaPlante, many of which were completed recently during his 2016 arts residency at Flushing Town Hall. Some of the pieces date back to the 1970s, including a silver pie server and ladle that…

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June 2016

16
Jun

Jean Shin: Spring Collection

June 16, 2016 @ 4:00 am - September 1, 2016 @ 1:00 pm

In a series of new works made out of leather remnants from the production of luxury accessories, Jean Shin reconstructs the “body” of these hides. These industry remnants hint at the elaborate manufacturing process that transforms raw materials into consumer products. The enigmatic voids that remain promise an object of desire that can never be known. The exhibition explores how the origins of material impact their meaning and how production and display alter our understanding of and relationship to the…

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December 2015

17
Dec

Blonde Ambition: Juan Hinojosa

December 17, 2015 @ 3:00 am - April 1, 2016 @ 1:00 pm

MFTA is pleased to present ‘Blonde Ambition’, a solo exhibition of collage work produced by New York-based artist Juan Hinojosa during his fall artist residency. Featuring 12 new collage works, Hinojosa continues his exploration of consumerism with vivid imagery created by juxtaposing discarded objects found in the Materials for the Arts warehouse.

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