reDiscover Center, Inc.

Rating: 4.77 stars   30 reviews

Issues:

Location: 12958 W. Washington Blvd Los Angeles CA 90066 USA

Mission:

reDiscover promotes creativity in education while encouraging environmental responsibility. We recycle everyday discards donated by business and give them new purpose as hands-on learning materials.

reDiscover is a community art center, reuse warehouse, and gallery.


Results: Provided 1,100 students with "reDiscover Your Community" field trips. Received Seed Award from South Bay Business Environmental Coalition, 2009; Sustainable Quality Award, City of Santa Monica, 2007. "Looking at Our World" program partnership with Children's Nature Institute., 2010.
Target demographics: The reDiscover Center promotes resource conservation, creativity, and community engagement through material reuse. We serve the community through programs at our Center, in schools and in the community.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 4,860; 3/4 of these beneficiaries received free programing
Geographic areas served: West Los Angeles, South Bay
Programs: School Field TripsTeacher workshopsResource Center Community festival arts
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Rating: 4 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

reDiscover is a fabulous place to find unique recycled materials to use in your classroom. My students are constantly intrigued by the materials I introduce for their next

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

my classroom

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

more open hours

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

variety of materials

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

friendly, helpful, full of suggestions for great projects

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

provide amazing programs and materials to every child in los angeles

Ways to make it better...

warehouse shopping area was a little more organized

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

enduring the current economy

One thing I'd also say is that...

teachers on a budget should shop here. Bargains like $1 a bag fabric abound!

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  

6 people found this review helpful

reDiscover is committed to helping the community with creative ways to help reuse materials that would otherwise end up as waste. As an environmental artist, my experience with them has been amazing. Children enjoy the projects and learn about environmental issues at the same time - a perfect combination!

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

truly involved in current issues.

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: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

My overall experience was always a positive one. I loved watching the various generations interact with one another in a creative environment where grandparents and children were speaking one language when it came to creativity with the materials. It was interesting watching the children guide their parents towards materials that innately spoke to them and in turn parents learned more about their child's personality and interests. The specialists involved in particular open houses were gifted working with the children one on one as well as in groups -- and this was inspiring to observe as well. reDiscover offers a different form of community where verbal communication isn't always the main focus, but it ends up being a by product as the result of intensive attention by the kids working with their hands, their minds and the materials.

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

the dedication and qualifications of the staff and the expertise they bring to the table teaching children about the environment through design and form, function and creativity.

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

Very enthusiastic and passionate about reDiscover's mission.

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

build castles for the homeless where landfills of discarded junk once lived.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

ReDiscover is one of those hidden gems - a mission-driven organization that shares its resources and expertise with the entire community, children and adults alike. Their tireless search for, and wildly creative use of, usual and unusual recyclable materials forces the child/parent/teacher to rethink - and rediscover - the joy of creating. The work they do with schools is invaluable - really, no one offers the kind of thoughtful art and science activities they do, whether they're doing children's workshops or teacher training. I can't recommend ReDiscover highly enough.

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

classes that my daughter has attended, workshops that I've referred other families to, as well as buying recyclable materials for our own projects at home.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

We love ReDiscover! My two children have benefitted greatly from the wonderful programs that ReDiscover has to offer. Teachers at my daughter's preschool visit ReDiscover regularly to find and bring back recycled materials which are then used in art and building projects. My son recently visited ReDiscover on an elementary school field trip and designed and constructed his own large structure while learning about sustainability issues. We have participated in fun birthday parties at ReDiscover as well. In addition to these great programs, ReDiscover also outreaches to low-income communities where schools may not have budgets for the arts and where the whole community can benefit from the availability of recycled materials and the awareness about sustainability issues that come with it.

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

Hope they stay open for a long time.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

The workshop was wonderful -- it was hands-on tinkering and deconstructing appliances with Gever Tully. It was really a unique experience, which is one of the best things about the reDiscover Center -- you'll be able to do things there you can't do anywhere else. Plus the center is stocked with all kinds of fabric and wood and reclaimed objects you can use to make fun art projects -- and be a part of the re-use and recycle movement. The kids can see that objects once discarded can be re-used and that fun can still be had with them. I am really glad to have this resource in my community.

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

The amount of re-usable stuff they keep on hand for making art projects is fantastic.

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

The local feeling about it -- the worldview they represent.

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

very helpful and committed to their cause.

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

Do a lot to help change the world for the better -- more reusing and less trash!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

ReDiscover is a wonderful community resource for families, artists, teachers and parents. As a client renting the space I have been fully accommodated in getting what I needed to make my event a success. Its clean, there are tables and chairs when needed, I have the freedom to set it up as I want, the environment is warm and often has interesting art on the walls setting a creative tone. I hope in the future there is a better sound system but the boom box has worked well. Because it is a space that often has children's events it is very child friendly and safe. The Family Dance Jams held at this location also include a potluck dinner which we hold in the open warehouse space. It is unique to dine under a canopy of repurposed fabrics or be surrounded by interesting bins of skateboard wheel shavings, cardboard tubes and guitar wood scraps.

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

their commitment to its mission. They really support the community and are visible with projects, events and materials at local Farmer's Markets, neighboring schools, museums and the Reggio Emilia inspired network of preschools.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

ReDIscover is an amazing community resource in the Culver City - West LA area. They have a treasure trove of recycled materials which are available for a number of uses. Last year, ReDIscover provided the materials for our local elementary school's projects in its studio program. Also, my children have attended several wonderful classes there: 1) a theatre class where children used materials to create their own set and costumes to enact a play. 2) a Halloween costume workshop where children could use all materials to envision & create the costume of their dreams. 3) a summer camp where children could do both open-ended and more focused explorations with the materials to create projects of their choosing. My sons ended up creating some amazing birds and houses from the many diverse recycled materials available. Mary Beth, the director, really maintains reDiscover as a place to explore collaborations with schools and organizations in the community. I look forward to participating in many other projects in the future.

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

watching my children expand their perceptions on what is trash, what is art, what can we re-use, re-think and re-cycle.

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

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

good fun and good for the environment!

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

wonderful, friendly, open, enthusiastic and collaborative

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

extend its collaborations with the many schools and educational organizations in the Los Angeles area - raising awareness about recycling while also providing experiential arts-based learning.

Ways to make it better...

there were more programs!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

coping with the dwindling budgets related to arts in education

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I love the very existence and mission of ReDiscover. They marry recycling industrial materials with creative art curricula for school children in a truly win/win scenario. There is so much ReDiscover can do if they had more volunteers spearheading initiatives, projects, and outreach. They are a valuable community resource and it would be great if more schools, creative programs, teachers, and artists knew about them. They are an asset to Los Angeles.

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

that I love the idea of taking materials that are unusual and destined for the trash heap and turning them in to art.

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

passionate and dedicated.

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

do more outreach and develop more programs and collateral materials that inspire and engage students in creative endeavors.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I have photographed many reDiscover events. Their creative reuse of 'trash' really inspires people. Their programs for kids are always educational, whether it is a 2 hour field trip or a 1/2 project at the farmers market.

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

positive attitude

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

very interested in helping the community and making a difference for kids' education.

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

make a bigger impact in Los Angeles, California and the country.

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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