Materials for the Arts is an incredible reuse and recycle program in Long Island City. They receive and organize goods from a wide range of donors and maintain a warehouse where they redistribute everything to NYC Public Schools, non-profit arts organizations, community groups, and other worthy causes.
They receive donations from the Department of Sanitation, city agencies, stores, businesses, movie productions, charitable organizations, and individual donors. By redistributing cast-off items to arts, education, and community groups, they transform waste into raw art material.
Vernacular Typography is a member of Materials for the Arts through Artspire and New York Foundation for the Arts. Their shelves are always stocked with an amazing (and often strange) assortment of stuff. On a recent visit to the warehouse, I picked up random examples of vernacular lettering, incredible typography reference books, office supplies, and things to be turned into typography. And a surprising number of Barry Manilow related items.