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Arts & Scraps

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


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.

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4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 5

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.



Rating: 4

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.



Rating: 5

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.



Rating: 5

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!