Material for the Arts in New York has been an inspiration and catalyst for creative reuse across more than three decades. A collaboration between the city’s Departments of Cultural Affairs and Sanitation,* MFTA connects unwanted stuff with eager arts and education organizations. Under the savvy leadership of Harriet Taub, objects that would otherwise become part of the waste stream are instead diverted to teachers and artists, who use these goods as bounty for classrooms and theaters and museum spaces. This story in today’s New York Times gives more detail. [*Imagine the creative possibilities if Cultural Affairs and Sanitation were a single institutional entity…]