Materials for the Arts is New York City’s largest creative reuse center dedicated to supporting arts and cultural organizations. A program of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs with support from the Department of Education and Friends of Materials for the Arts, in 2018, MFTA collected 1.7 million pounds of reusable materials from businesses and individuals across the five boroughs. These items were made available, free of charge, to nonprofits with arts programming as well as New York City public schools and City agencies.


Since 2002, MFTA has reached tens of thousands of educators, students, artists, therapists, afterschool leaders, and community service providers.

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Friends of Materials for the Arts presents a wide variety of events, workshops, and classes to help everyone see and experience Creative Reuse up close. Visit our event calendar

Our art booths and family engagement events transform your school, community center, or business into an art studio. Invite an MFTA artist to your site for a Creative Reuse program. Contact us about our programs

The Art of Saving Humanity

The Art of Saving Humanity provides refugee-centered art programs that support emotional healing and livelihood opportunities, preserve cultural integrity, and bridge cross-cultural communication among refugees and the communities within which they resettle.

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Cohan Zarnock Photography

"Voice is given to those who no longer wish to be silent." - C. Zarnock

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Beatboxing Buddhist Monk

Yogetsu Akasaka is a Japanese Zen Buddhist monk who creates music for meditations. But not the kind most people are familiar with.

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