Materials for the Arts is New York’s premiere reuse center, providing a way for companies and individuals to donate unneeded supplies to thousands of nonprofit organizations with arts programming and public schools. We offer a wide variety of events, workshops, and classes to help people see and experience creative reuse up close.
Fall 2013 at MFTA
Our Gallery presents artwork made with materials and objects that can be found in our warehouse, as well as other salvaged or found materials.
Artist-in-Residence Vadis Turner’s Storm Systems
Vadis Turner’s Storm Systems resemble abstract paintings but are made with left-over ribbon and fabric donated by NYC’s fashion industry to Materials for the Arts. Exhibit is ongoing until November. Our gallery is open weekdays from 10 am – 4 pm. Admission is free.
Waste Characterizations Presentation and Panel
Thursday, November 21 from 6 – 8 pm
Over the past year the NYC Center For Materials Reuse has been studying the magnitude of how Materials for the Arts helps protect the environment. Join us for a presentation of their “Waste Characterization Study” and see how the it can be understood through the work of one artist, MFTA artist in residence Vadis Turner, as the environmental impact of the reuse in her artwork becomes quantified. Researchers from the CCNY Center for Materials Reuse will present their report and there will also be a Q&A panel moderated by NYC Deputy Commissioner of Recycling and Sustainability Ron Gonen. This event is sponsored by the Rauschenberg Foundation as part of the 2013 Marfa Dialogues on art and climate change.
Check our calendar for upcoming events.