Mixed Media Sculpture Making with Materials for the Arts
Rethink materials! Visitors to the QAX Block Party will be invited to make art by re-purposing materials we normally overlook, like broken tiles, toys, and buttons.
Founded in 1978, Materials for the Arts, a program NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, provides thousands of NYC’s arts and cultural organizations, public schools, and community arts programs with the supplies they need to run and expand their programs. Materials for the Arts gathers materials from companies and individuals that no longer need them and makes them available, for free, to the artists and educators that do. In the process, hundreds of tons are removed from the waste stream every year and kept out of landfills, which helps sustain our environment, promotes reuse, and reduces waste. Materials for the Arts helps artists realize their visions, provides students with a richer educational experience and furnishes businesses and individuals with a simple and efficient way to enhance the cultural life of their city.
The Education Center at Materials for the Arts offers programming to teachers and students focused on making art with readily available materials supplemented by the ever-changing warehouse inventory. The Education Center hosts programs on-site in our two studio classrooms and sends teaching artists into the community to share the art of reuse. Classes include instruction in projects that can be integrated into the regular curriculum. Learn to make no-sew costumes, hats, masks, puppets, mobiles, wind chimes, found object prints, books, game boards, musical instruments, and much more.
Come visit Materials for the Arts’ 35,000 square foot facility in Long Island City to see our endless array of free materials, take a workshop, and see some amazing mixed media art in the MFTA gallery.