SCRAP Art: Creative Reuse in the Bayview


SCRAP Art: Creative Reuse in the Bayview
June 12th – July 26th

new br logoOpening Reception:
Reclaimed Room at Building Resources
Thurs, June 12th  6 – 8pm

SCRAP Party Family Day at The Reclaimed Room
Sat, July 19th 2-4pm

publicglslogoPublic Glass Preview w/ Hot Glass Cold Beer
Sat, June 7th  6pm

Closing Reception with hands-on creativity: Public Glass
Sat, July 26th 2-4pm

Join us for SCRAP’s 5th creative reuse exhibition, SCRAP Art: Creative Reuse in the Bayview being held in two locations: The Reclaimed Room at Building Resources and Public Glass.

This year’s exhibition showcases the creative reuse tradition and talents of artists affiliated with the Bayview. Artists who live, work, shop, or participate in Bayview programs like Building Resources, SCRAP, Recology AIR, and Public Glass. There are 41 exhibiting artists with 68 artworks between the two venues as well as multiple events where the public is invited to create themselves.

SCRAP Art is fun and whacky and on occasion political and dramatic. It is an overview of artists who creatively reuse materials that run the gamut from buttons to steel grates. They are often community minded and highly creative. SCRAP Art artists can be accomplished career artists or nurses and lawyers who also make art.

SCRAP Art: Creative Reuse in Bayview was juried by Deborah Munk, Director of Recology’s AIR Artist in Residence program, Nathan Watson, Executive Director of Public Glass, Soumyaa Kapil Behrens, Curator of The Reclaimed Room: An Exhibition Space for Environmental Arts, Crafts and Media at Building Resources; and Jennifer Morningstar, Program Coordinator at SCRAP. The exhibition and events are supported by the San Francisco Arts Commission and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission through a Community Arts in Bayview grant.

Public Glass, founded in 1997 as San Francisco’s only nonprofit, public-access glass studio and school, has been a home to 100′s of Bay Area glass artists.

The Reclaimed Room at Building Resources is an exhibition space where the gritty leftovers of urban industry and the imagination of the artists collide and transform together.

SCRAP is a nonprofit creative reuse center founded over 35 years ago. SCRAP collects donations of reusable materials from individuals, organizations, and businesses then distributes them to artists, teachers, and the public.

This exhibition is supported by the San Francisco Arts Commission and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission through a Community Arts in Bayview grant.




SCRAP Art: July Events

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at Public Glass and the Reclaimed Room

Exhibition through July 26th

Join us for these events:

SCRAP Art Family Day at The Reclaimed Room at Building Resources w/ creative reuse art activities
Saturday, July 19th  2-4pmfree

new br logoSCRAP Wrap: Star Bows presented by Megumi Inouye
Nat’l Geographic Butterfly Folds with Dorothy Yukipublicglslogo
Creative Reuse Jewelry presented by Monica Lee

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SCRAP Art Closing Reception at Public Glass 
w/ Recycled Glass & Collage Hands-On Art Activity presented by Reddy Lieb
Saturday, July 26th   2-4pmfree

Join us for the SCRAP Art: Creative Reuse in the Bayview Closing Party at Public Glass! See the work of talented artists working with recycled materials and do some creating of your own! Using recycled materials create a collage framed in glass.

Supported by the San Francisco Arts Commission and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission through a Community Arts in the Bayview grant.


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2014 Hats Off to Teachers! Celebration & Materials GiveAway

Hats Off to Teachers! Celebration & Materials GiveawayHOTT2012bunny
Sunday, August 10th 11am to 4pm

Join SCRAP for our first ever Sunday Teacher Celebration and Material Giveaway. SCRAP will also be open just for teachers with educator specials, project demonstrations and more!

If you’re a San Francisco Bay Area educator come by to gather all kinds of FREE classroom supplies. If you know any teachers send them our way. We’ll have plenty of materials for your classroom: pens, pencils, markers, paper, binders, folders, office trays, paint brushes, National Geographics, sponges, corks, CD’s, carpet squares and much more!

SCRAP is located at 801 Toland Street (entrance on Newcomb), San Francisco, CA 94124

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Join the SCRAP team!

Creative Reuse Specialist Job Description

SCRAP is the Bay Area’s oldest creative reuse center, and has been diverting waste from landfills for use as art supplies for more than 35 years. SCRAP was founded in 1976 to provide art supplies to art teachers in the San Francisco Public School system. In the 1970s, the Neighborhood Arts Program of the San Francisco Arts Commission received a grant from the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act to place professional artists inside schools. Our founder, Anne Marie Theilen, was in charge of this program and oversaw a group of over 140 artist-teachers. The grant did not have a stipend for materials so all the artists in her program were struggling to find affordable, accessible supplies for the classroom. Meanwhile, large businesses in the area were discarding materials perfectly usable for artwork: industrial discards, paper with the wrong logo on it, fabric samples from interior designers, etc. Anne Marie realized the problems were each other’s solution and formed SCRAP. Over 37 years later, SCRAP diverts over 250 tons of reusable art supplies (that’s 500000 pounds or the equivalent of a blue whale & 33 elephants) from corporations and individuals into the hands of over 38,000 artists, teachers and nonprofits throughout San Francisco. Our creative reuse programs have grown to now include workshops, Teacher Giveaways, field trips, free art tables at over 80 community events, and creative reuse art exhibitions to educate, reuse materials and inspire creativity.

The Creative Reuse Specialist position entails the management and distribution of all incoming donated materials to SCRAP. The key responsibilities includes:

-        inspecting and approving all donations
-        sorting and organizing materials to go out into the Creative Reuse Center
-        maintaining the display and stock of items in the Center
-        maintaining the safety and cleanliness of the overall facilities
-        working with different groups of volunteers and supervising them with projects and tasks
-        answering queries about SCRAP, especially surrounding the donations and pricing policies as well as accepting requests for SCRAP’s material pick-up service via telephone.

Working alongside the Creative Reuse Center Manager and other team members, a Creative Reuse Specialist will be working the following areas:

Creative Reuse Center- this includes the intake area, the warehouse space, workshop space, all storage areas, staff areas and outside space.

•                    Maintain safety and accessibility to key areas
•                    Maintain the display of materials and signage in the warehouse and outside
•                    Maintain the organization of materials on the shelves
•                    Maintain the cleanliness of all spaces – duties include sweeping the Center, keeping the workshop space accessible, ensuring recycling and compost are sorted and put out
•                    Making sure scale is kept clear for new donations
•                    Clearing projects out of workshop space after events and volunteers

Accepting Donations

-            Cordially greet all materials donators, pointing them to our carts if they have a large donation
-            Inspect materials to make sure all materials are appropriate donations
-            Weigh each donation, enter information in Intake Log including donor, name and address, date, weight and types of materials
-            Provide donation receipt if requested
-            Provide alternative places to take rejected donations

Sorting and Organizing Donations

-            All donations need to be sorted and organized before shelving
-            Sort all small materials into appropriate bins
-            Fill carts with larger donations of similar materials for ease of shelving
-            Roll or set aside fabric for rolling
-            Inform/coordinate/consult with other staff about potentially vintage or valuable donations when they come in

Stocking Donations

-             Check organization of materials on shelves regularly
-             Reorganize materials on shelves when disorganized and/or to make room for new donations
-            Put donated materials out on in the Center for purchase

Assist SCRAP clients to

-             Bring in their donations
-             Find materials in the warehouse
-             Answer questions about what we accept, what we have in stock, and where                                         materials are located in warehouse
-             Get materials down off shelves when needed

The ideal applicant for this position would:

-        have previous experience working in sorting donated goods
-        have knowledge of arts supplies and familiarity with a variety of materials
-        enjoy working with your hands and organizing materials
-        have great special aptitude
-        be able to lift 50lbs repeatedly throughout the day as well as bend, stretch and reach
-        have interest in environmental issues, recycling, the arts and education
-        have excellent communication skills
-        Good follow through on projects
-        have experience working as part of a successful team of diverse individuals
-        be able to work using initiative but be able to communicate clearly ideas and systems to other staff members
-        Thrive in a collaborative atmosphere while able to make split second decisions

The successful applicant will have an eye towards constant improvement and a passion for the organization’s mission.


This position is for four days/week (32 hours) for $11.50/hr. Benefits include full medical reimbursement, generous PTO/Sick policy and 50% discount (and first dibbs) on all SCRAP materials. This is a non-exempt position, reporting to the Creative Reuse Center Manager.


To apply, please send your resume, coverletter and phone numbers for three references to No phone calls please


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Mixed Media Assemblage w/ Reddy Lieb

Mixed Media Assemblage w/ Reddy Lieb
Reddy22214Saturday, July 12th 10 – 4pm   fee: $60

In this full-day workshop participants will create a mixed media assemblage using the myriad materials of SCRAP. Endless stories can be told. Come and materialize your story. Put an intention into your artwork and play with mixed media, glass and collage.

About Reddy
For over 30 years Reddy Lieb has been working with glass and recycled materials to create both conceptual and functional work. She was Artist-in-Residence at Recology San Francisco, aka the garbage dump. And received her MFA from the California College of Art. Reddy loves inspiring the creative process in people and has been doing so for over 20 years.

Click here to register.

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May 31: BagShare Sew at SCRAP

BagShare at SCRAP

Come sew bags for SCRAP so we can become the first
BagShare location on the West coast!

Saturday, May 31st 11am – 3pmBagshare2
Drop in anytime!

BagShare reduces waste, gets people sewing, and turns scrap fabric into bags
that shoppers use when they forget their own bag.
BagShare locations strive to become bag free. Bags are returned to any BagShare location.

SCRAP’s goal is to sew 500 BagShare bags to launch our borrow a bag program! We Already have 220!

Sewing bags is easy and fun! No sewing experience is necessary.
We have sewing machines for use but
bring yours if you have one!
Drop in and sew some bags for SCRAP!

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