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Causes: Arts & Culture, Education, Educational Services, Environment, Human Services, Recycling, Thrift Shops

Mission:

Arts & Scraps reimagines recycled industrial materials to inspire people of all ages to think, create and learn.

Results: In 2015, 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.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Arts & Scraps is a great resource for the learning community. On several occasions I have taken kits and materials to my children's school and did activities with their classmates. Everytime I see one of their classmates they ask are we doing a craft today or when are we going to do another one. Not only does the wonderful materials at Arts & Scraps incite creativity and fun but it allows parents to be active and have fun with their children and others, in the educational process. It is a proven fact that parental involvement in schools help to produces successful students. And on top of everything else we are talking about recycling; Arts & Scraps is a win, win!!

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I absolutely love Arts and Scraps, both the store and the organization. It's one of those places where I almost hate to pass the word on, because then I'll spoil it for myself. This is the place I go when I either really am in a rut and need some out of the ordinary materials to inspire me, or the place where I just know I will find the perfect accents or supplies for a low cost. Digging around the store is a really fun way to pass the time. Aside from the excellent shopping experience, Arts and Scraps does great work in the Detroit area communities. At a time when arts and creative funding are being cut in schools, and agency like this really help to fill the void in getting our children to use their creative minds and expressions. I am a social worker in the area, and around the holidays I stocked up on scrap kits for the children of my clients. Getting to watch them put together a masterpiece while I met with their parents was such a spirit lifter.