Materials for the Arts

Materials for the Arts (MFTA) is New York’s premiere reuse center. We collect a wide variety of reusable materials from businesses and individuals and make them available for free to nonprofits and civic organizations with arts programming and public schools. By providing a way for people to donate their unneeded supplies to thousands of creative and educational activities across the five boroughs, MFTA diverts over 1 million pounds of materials from the landfill each year. MFTA is a program of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, with support from the Departments of Sanitation and Education. Friends of Materials for the Arts is the nonprofit partner that guides and supports educational programming, warehouse operations, programmatic initiatives and other goals of MFTA.

The MFTA Gallery presents artwork made with materials and objects that could be found at the Materials for the Arts warehouse. Exhibitions are seen by thousands of artists and educators when they visit MFTA for supplies, as well as students touring the warehouse during school group visits.

On the third Thursday of every month at 6:30 pm, MFTA opens its studios to the public for artists workshops focused on creative reuse. At these free Third Thursday Artist Workshops, the public is invited to come meet the featured artists and create unique artwork with MFTA materials. Previous themes have included: tile mosaics, crocheting, performance set design, windmill making and creative gift wrapping.