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reDiscover Center, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Education, Elementary & Secondary Schools, Environment, Literacy, Recycling

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

Community Stories

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

reDiscover is the perfect place for tapping into your creative potential. It's a trove of the familiar that you take and transform into the extraordinary. The staff is very helpful and full of ideas. The inventory is FULL of possibilities. There are classes and workshops that truly help you RE-discover. Best of all, it is a non-profit that not only helps you be more creative but it also helps you develop a greater sense of recycling and sustainability.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Rediscover is and always has been a great resource for me as a preschool teacher. I usually go there on Saturdays and always find some inspiring recycled materials like CD covers, cardboard tubes, tile samples you name it. A wonderful place to create big things on a small budget! Eva

Grant C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

reDiscover is our favorite go-to activity for our family. We love stopping by for art-making and our boys make full use of the hundreds of recycled supplies that they then turn into works of art. At the same time, they are learning about how much STUFF we go through on a daily basis and how it impacts our environment. reDiscover serves our community in many ways and their smart and talented staff make every visit an adventure. My 6-year old had his birthday party there where 25 energetic boys made incredible robots and had a tremendous time! Thank you reDiscover!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I signed my 9 year old daughter up for Tinkering Camp last summer and she was very dubious of "another camp". But ... she loved Tinkering Camp and wanted to attend more sessions. Unfortunately, we were in the last session. She used real tools like circular saws and she learned the proper names and handling techniques. I wish they had a Tinkering Camp for grown-ups. The projects the children created were phenomenal and the kids got to take them home. The teachers were outstanding. We loved it and highly recommend it. Brooke G.

Meghan B.

Client Served

Rating: 4

My 11 year old twins attended a one-week tinkering camp at the center. It was a great experience for both of them - lots of personal attention, great projects and they learned to use power tools. We have gone one other time to just build and also had a wonderful few hours.

Sharon V.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son is 7 years old. reDiscover came to his public school to work with his class on building using recycled materials. He came home excited and could't stop talking about the experience. He's usually not one to tell you much about his day at school, so I knew this was something unique. I contacted reDiscover to see if they had any summer camps, and signed my son up for Tinkering Camp. My son does not stay without me very easily, but he was SO excited to be there, I left him the first day without any trouble. When the day was over and I came to pick him up he had the biggest smile on his face, and when I asked how his day was, instead of "ok" with a shoulder shrug, I got a super enthusiastic "Great!" with a jump. The week long camp was inspiring, fun, and very educational. Mary Beth and her team gave each child a lot of attention and empowered the children to explore tools and materials on their own. They used real professional tools in a safe and educational way and made the week very special for the children. We plan to go back to tinkering school next summer.

Susie T.

Client Served

Rating: 4

I have made use of reDiscover as both a student and a teaching artist and had a terrific experience both times. the staff is helpful and creative and I would strongly recommend the center to people of all ages!

Client Served

Rating: 5

ReDiscover is not only a Saturday haven for my own creative children/inventors, but it's an amazing resource for my classroom, so I can help inspire kids who might not otherwise make it to the center. I teach 6th grade, and I've used bag full after bag full of supplies to reuse in our 2-D and 3-D work. Not only is it in my budget, but I feel good about telling kids that we are reusing materials in our work. The school that I teach at is nearby and Im' hoping to take a field trip there someday soon. I have also enjooyed Rediscover Center's projects at community events around Los Angeles. The volunteers are very inspiring and helpful. I wholeheartedly support them in their effort to inspire creativity and reuse materials in the process.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I love ReDiscover. They allow the recycling of industrial materials to be used in a creative way for schoolchildren that is fun and whimsical. Taking part in that can spur the imagination of kids and adults alike to create and reuse and repurpose to great heights. They are definitely an invaluable resource for the community, an asset to Los Angeles.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

ReDiscover has the sweet energy of creativity and care for the earth. I have been involved with reDiscover in many different ways and, whatever it is I am doing, I notice that it just feels good to be there. As a teacher and therapist, I work with kids and adults to connect with their hearts, their community and the earth. Open space for creativity is so important, especially in a busy world. ReDiscover is so important because it lets people take the objects of their day to day lives and transform them into art. It helps me remember that there is an artfulness in the things I sometimes consider mundane and new life in things that someone else might throw away. There is a lot of fear around lately concerning the future of the earth and humanity. ReDiscover is one of the things that gives me hope.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.