Near the end of the Spring semester, Val Sereno’s second year Community Access Through the Arts class visited Material for the Arts in Long Island City.
From their website: Founded in 1978, Materials for the Arts, a part of the 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. MFTA 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. MFTA 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.
Our MPS students received a tour of the facility by Education Director John Kaiser, who also gave an overview of the organization’s goals and mission. He then led students in an art-making workshop where they created either hand-made books or talking sticks.
More information about current events and activities can be found at the MFTA blog. Thanks to MFTA for allowing us access to their space.