Materials for the Arts
Materials for the Arts is a program of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs that provides free "new and gently used donated supplies to artists, nonprofit groups, and public schools." Its current Executive Director is Harriet Taub.
Established in 1979 by artist Angela Fremont, it was described by The New York Times as "like a Kmart reimagined as Pee-wee's Big Adventure." Located in a 25,000-square-foot warehouse in Long Island City, its shelves are "stocked with things like toaster ovens, rugs, theater curtains, yarn, paint and toothbrushes." Considered to be one of the largest reuse centers in the country, the program redistributes more than $6 million in supplies a year, gathering "donations from fashion houses, television production companies and big-name corporations like Estée Lauder." According to its web site, the program also removes "hundreds of tons from the waste stream every year and [keeps it] out of landfills, which helps sustain our environment, promote reuse, and reduce waste."
- FERNANDA SANTOS (February 28, 2011). "For Schools, Free Art Supplies, and Much More". The New York Times.
- ANEMONA HARTOCOLLIS (November 30, 2001). "Warehouse Holds Trove for Artists; Need 50,000 Buttons? They're Here, and Free". The New York Times.
- BARBARA WHITAKER (November 14, 2005). "From the Trash, a Treasure Chest for the Creative". The New York Times.
- "Cash for trash: Reuse stores make use of refuse". MSNBC. March 13, 2009.
- "Materials For The Arts Distributes Free Supplies To Artists And Public Schools". NY1. July 20, 2006. Archived from the original on May 13, 2013.
- "Materials For The Arts About Us". Official Site. Retrieved November 1, 2012.
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