Arts & Scraps uses recycled industrial scraps to help people of all ages and abilities think, create and learn.
Arts & Scraps:
- Provides recycled scraps for minimal cost to 3,300 organizations/classrooms annually, impacting 275,000 children.
- Brings fun to core curriculum by encouraging open-ended thinking and creativity using our unusual materials.
- Connects the private and non-profit/educational sectors by recruiting and recycling 28 tons of material.
- Provides 12 educational programs for groups and individuals, ranging from infants to senior citizens.
- Maintains scholarship funds so we can serve our target audience, underserved children.
- Creates a neutral place where people from all over the Detroit Metro area can exchange ideas.
- Involves people of all abilities; providing service learning for 115 Individuals with Disabilities weekly
- Is entrepreneurial in nature. This makes us accountable to our clients and not reliant on a few large funders. Income is 64% program fees, 21% private foundations, 14% individuals, 1% corporations
- Travels throughout the Detroit area bringing programs to those who can’t visit our facility, using the ScrapMobile, a 26’ bus designed by Ford Motor Company volunteers and funded by Humana.
- Effectively uses volunteers, with the community contributing 10,000 hours annually, the equivalent of 4.8 full time staff people. The Ford Motor Company 16 Hour Community Service is a major contributor of volunteer time.
- Has fun; this attitude flows through all our programs.
Our Core Values:
- Reuse materials to make creative experiences affordable and accessible to every economic level.
- Nurture individual creativity to stimulate learning and encourage independent thinking
- Value the unique contributions of our staff, volunteers, funders and business & community partners
- Believe financial self-sufficiency is vital to the stability of our organization
- Motivate the community to see value in materials that traditionally have no value; to donate materials for reuse that cannot be recycled in a traditional manner.
- to provide quality educational and creative experiences to underserved children in Metropolitan Detroit while minimizing the negative impact on the environment