Arts & Scraps

Rating: 4.77 stars   13 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Education, Environment, Human Services

Location: 16135 Harper Ave Detroit MI 48224 USA

Mission:

Arts & Scraps uses recycled industrial materials to help people of all ages and abilities think, create and learn.


Results: In 2012, Arts & Scraps recycled 28 tons of material. We served 275,000 children with 10,000 volunteer hours from the community.
Target demographics: all ages and abilities think, create and learn with recycled materials. Our target is schools and organizations serving low income areas.
Geographic areas served: direct programs in Southeast Michigan; US via online sales
Programs: Public Store: displays 300+ recycled materials for learning and creativity at affordable pieces. Workshops for all ages: hands on learning uses problem solving to enrich education. Family activities at public/private events: custom projects. Complete kits for individuals or groups.
2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 38-2831910
313-640-4411
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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Arts & Scraps is constantly adapting and developing new programs to better serve the Detroit area. Their ability to move quickly, focusing staff and volunteer time and resources to a given need has allowed them to create unique programs and much needed services. For example, they saw that it was quite difficult for schools to arrange field trips to the Arts & Scraps location. In response they launched the 'Scrap Mobile' a mobile Arts & Scraps that can travel TO the schools, bringing creative material and workshops to the schools themselves.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

its presence at Detroit area events and festivals. Producing interactive children's areas and take-away creative projects for kids and adults.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the enthusiasm of the staff and the empowerment they give to the volunteers to make the organisation work better.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

Arts & Scraps provides Metro Detroit area students with a wonderful experience that need to be reinforced in this "new economy". The elements available to the public provide countless hours of invention to the developing minds, encouraging free thinking and innovation. Arts & Scraps also reinforces the importance of Recycling & Reusing products; an important element with every company today, Corporate Sustainability. They have worked tirelessly to exceed their objectives, continue to grow, and strive daily to improve programs as well as expand expand their reach in the community. I have had the honor of volunteering with their Marketing Committee to plan and execute new programs, as well as improve existing programs. My children love to explore the center, discovering treasures for future creations. My designer friends were amazed at the variety of materials available for purchase at cost effective prices for their products.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

They are very grateful for volunteer efforts, and open to new ideas. As an advocate of recycling and reusing, Arts & Scraps is a breath of fresh air to all the Moms who insist on structured kits shipped from China.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Enthusiastic, kind, helpful, grateful, and genuine.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Move to a newer facility perhaps in the 'arts district' of Detroit, purchase additional Scrapmobiles, create more video modules, an art channel that could be streamed to reach schools in metro areas and utilize more techonolgy to continue expanding reach.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

For more than 8 years I have watched Arts & Scraps continue to grow. Using sound business principles matched with a Mission to serve the children of SE Michigan, Arts & Scraps constantly launches new and innovative programs to expand its exposure, secure funding and reach a wider audience.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

it is managed professionally, yet with a personal touch. Staff and volunteers are commmitted and are appreciated

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Through my volunteer work with Girl Scouts,it has been my pleasure to shop at Arts & Scraps for materials for the girls, donate to them, as well as to bring the girls in for craft sessions with their staff. My daughters and I have also shopped there for materials just for fun creative time adn for birthday parties. I have told many, many people about this wonderful resource. They are excellent community partners, truly embody one of the GS ideals, to "use resources wisely"; and the staff have always been friendly and accomodating in person and on the phone!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

working on projects with Girl Scouts of many different grade levels.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

availability of a wide variety of materials plus ideas for what to do with them.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly and very helpful.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

bring their programs out to the public more oftena dn more affordably.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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