Monday, January 11, 2010

Materials for the Arts and Shhhh Projects, NYC

I can't believe I haven't given a shout out to Materials for the Arts here yet. For those of you who live in, or are planning on moving to NYC, this place can be a trove of great free materials for your theatre pieces.

There are a few catches, but they're not so bad.

1. You must be involved in a 501c3 organization (a non-profit)
2. You must make an appointment to shop
3. You have a limited amount of time (I think it's 1.5 hours)
4. You must write (and provide proof of) thank-you letters to all the donors whose items you take.

MFTA is a huge warehouse of wonderful things, with a staff of (I believe) mostly volunteer workers. I myself found par sockets, RCA cables, video mixers and all sorts of other neat gadgets for the theatre I work at.

I'm shamefully ignorant of the goings-on of other cities- you folks out in Chicago and LA must have some similar types of resources, no?

Also, Janet Clancy, a wonderful, knowledgeable woman to work with and just a really cool person in general, started a salvage company, Shhhh Projects, a while back- which was profiled in the New York Times (they also got a really great shot of her atop a ladder draped in white fabric). Basically, for a small fee, she'll take unwanted arts materials (sometimes from all those Bryant park fashion shows), and then she'll dispose of them for you by delivering them to other artists in need. Cheaper and less wasteful than finding a way to trash the objects! A really great idea on her part. It's not a free service (she does need to make a living, after all!) but if you know of a film shoot or a theater set that's doomed to a scrap heap somewhere, it can't hurt to give her a call.

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I'm a theatre technician, living and working in NYC. Also an aspiring costumer, makeup artist, playwright and dilettante.
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