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Art of Recycle

Rating: 4.98 stars   53 reviews 1,377

Address:

27 N State Street Ephrata PA 17522 USA

Mission:

Our mission is to develop, heal and grow community through recycled art. We aim to inspire more art and assist artists in developing skills for art creation by using and re-using the available resources around them. Our objective is to teach people how to create "art with purpose" reusing discarded, unwanted, and excess items; creating generations of artists and crafters who are more environmentally conscious.

Results:

To date we have inspired, encouraged and brightened the lives of thousands of individuals. Our free crafting area has benefited thousands of children and adults. Our thrifty craft store has successfully kept tons of trash out of our local landfill as well as provided thousands of people with low cost craft supplies that they may not otherwise have been able to afford. We have teamed up and networked with other organizations such as local school districts and Excentia in which we have provided volunteer opportunities to High School Seniors and people with intellectual disabilities.

Target demographics:

All potential and current artists and crafters.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

5000

Geographic areas served:

Ephrata PA as well as a global audience through our Facebook and Pinterest pages and book publications.

Programs:

Art of Recycle is a community arts resource center for families, educators and the public. At Art of Recycle we provide a free crafting area during our hours of operation, which is open and available to everyone of every age as long as they are capable of crafting at any skill level. Our crafting area is stocked full of all sorts of free crafting supplies that are donated to us by the community around us. We also provide the use of tools and equipment (such as sewing machines, hot glue guns, stamps, cutters and scissors, heat guns, and much more) that many people may not otherwise be able to afford, and we instruct people on how to use those tools if they need instruction. We are community supported. We have developed a thrifty craft store that is stocked with new and used items donated by the public. Revenue from the craft store helps to pay our rent, utilities, insurance and other overhead costs. The thrifty craft store is full of donated, new and slightly used, craft supplies that are sold at affordable prices making crafting an affordable hobby to anyone and everyone. Art is a necessity.

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717-466-6966
http://www.artofrecycle.org

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Rating: 5 stars  

We were only at AoR once and my 3 1/2 year old LOVED it!!! We will definitely be going again!!! And I always keep a close eye on my child, I never assume the staff needs to babysit while I shop. Some people run all over people. Sad.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

My girls (9&7) love coming here. Everyone is always so nice and friendly. My girls love the craft table . They make puppets and then go back to the puppet station and put on a show. They ask me to take them there quite often. It's a great place to take the kids.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Excellent venue for parents and children to come craft. Small children may need some supervision, as small parts are easy to swallow, but most parents SHOULD already realize this. Ms. Chelas and Mr. Nobody Special are the creative directors for this wonderful wonderland of art and craft, and I know them both to have big hearts and exciting ideas. Mr. Special can be seen at the Ephrata Park on concert nights making balloon animals. They are a team! Go as soon as you can. This is a very neat addition to the artistic community of Ephrata. As an Activity Director in a local nursing home, I couldn't do what I do as easily without this great resource.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

The first time I walked into the Art or Recycle center, I was greeted by a large tree sculpture with bells and doors and places to write wishes for the fairies to grant. I immediately knew that I had found a refuge for my creative child within to come out and play.

Since then, I have attended a sewing workshop, visited during one of the frequent Wednesday evening artistic drop by "hang out" sessions, and shopped for materials for my own projects.

I work as an activity professional with the elderly population and am always in the market for low cost art materials for them and for easy high success projects to help my clients express themselves . Chelas and Mr. Special have both been encouraging, helpful with suggestions, and both are soothing persons to explain things to and to have help me find my own high success rates.

I recommended their children's open crafting area to my Sister in Law, who Homeschools, and she said that this would be the perfect place for her to bring her kids for the art portion of her lessons. In fact, every time I stop by, there are assorted happy children around the table getting involved in some creative and crafty ventures.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Love, love, love Art of Recycle! My Grandchildren go there whenever they visit and love it. The staff is so friendly and helpful! We have been restoring a 1936 home in Ephrata and always find what we need, if we can't find it...the staff will search their inventory for what we need. Bravo to Art of Recycle for providing this place for children to go and express their creavitiy in a safe, friendly environment and for saving many treasures from the trash!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

My son got married in June and wanted a "wish in a bottle" table at the wedding due to the fact that it was a beach wedding theme. We were able to find so much more than we needed so reasonably priced at Art of Recycle that we created an entire table of "Wish in a Bottle" with basket, shells, an old sailor, old bottles and candles with melted wax, even a ship. What a wonderful place. It inspires the child in each of us to come out and play.

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I love the Art of Recycle and visit often. Everyone I have brought with me to visit gets encouraged to get there creative juices going and always find something they have to take home. I am looking forward to moving across the street in Oct. and helping out with the sewing and creating. Fantastic place for KIDS of all ages to be creative. See you there.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Art of Recycle is one of the most magical places there is. My son and I have been going there for 2 years and love it. It is an awesome place to volunteer and be. Being at Art of Recycle is therapy to me and being apart of it's operation and success makes my heart smile. There are so many people that benefit from Art of Recycle being in business. My son is 5 years old and loves making finger puppets, playing in the puppet theater and also volunteers. He has also met and plays with some the other kids that frequent Art of Recycle. We have made some great friends from being at Art of Recycle including Chelas, Mr. Nobody Special, Phoenix and many more. Thank you for all you do for our community and may Art of Recycle flourish!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Art of Recycle is all of our creative energies bundled up into one building. It was an idea that has grown faster than our imaginations could wander. The amount of people that utilize our services everyday and the number of organizations that we network with on a weekly basis is incredible and rapidly growing. At the pace we are developing at AoR will need a space ten times its size in only a few years. I can't thank people enough for supporting us the way that they do. Keep believing in us and we will continue to create! Thank you Ephrata!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Art of Recycle is a wonderland that was created to inspire, encourage and motivate people to be more involved in art and community. This project has by far passed our expectations and our dreams. While we were building and constructing the craft castle I would try to imagine it full of people crafting different things, socializing with each other and enjoying themselves, now everyday when I see the craft castle full of people crafting, creating, imagining, I imagine craft castles in every little town... it was needed in Ephrata, more than I imagined, and there should be more of them because little towns need them.

Our hope was to show people a different outlook and by reading our guests reviews I am now certain that we our meeting our expectations of what we set out to achieve. I can't thank people enough for all of the support that our little organization has received. We will continue to do as much as we can and go as far as we can, because it is needed :)

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Encourage more people to volunteer and start up their own Art of Recycle in their own home town!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

We love Art of Recycle. My daughters ( ages 10 &10) and I can spend hours making fun projects at Ephrata's Art of Recycle. We have become a more "crafty" family. It is a great way to spend time with my girls, away from electronics. Miss Chelas and Mr. Nobody Special are so friendly!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

encourage more families to visit.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have been a customer at the store and also have hired Chelas and Mr Nobody Special twice for private parties. They are the most caring and kind indiduals. And are so great and patient with children. I have referred them to others and everybody who has had them for parties raves about how great they are. The store is a awesome place to find all kinds of unique treasures for all your crafty needs. I am so glad I have AOR in my town and that Chelas and Mr Nobody are here too. They are super talented and very kind. Keep up the great work guys.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I first heard about Art of Recycle at an event where they provided face painting and Balloon creations. Very warm and welcoming folks! And their store is no different...when you walk in, you're family! Love it love it love it!!

 
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