Author Archives: Jen Mack

Educators Material Drive: Ribbon and Fabric

ribbonRemember last year when you started that new sewing project? Notice how you still have lots of leftovers waiting patiently under your bed?  Have no fear! Austin Creative Reuse Educators Material Drive is here!

It’s not too late to start clearing items out of your closets for our Educators Material Drive on February 24th! We’re specifically looking for USED items, if possible, and fabric and ribbon are on the list!

We have drop off times February 14-17 from 8am-8pm at 4416 Lareina Dr, Austin, TX.

Educators Material Drive: Used CDs and CD Cases

cd_casesOkay, admit it. You still have stacks of CDs prompting you to start using AOL and you’ve finally upgraded your Barry Manilow collection to your MP3 player. You don’t use CDs anymore. But what to do with them??

It’s not too late to start clearing them out of your closets for our Educators Material Drive on February 24th! We’re specifically looking for USED items, if possible, and CDs and CD cases are on the list!

We have drop off times February 14-17 from 8am-8pm at 4416 Lareina Dr, Austin, TX.

Free Poster for Educators Material Drive

EducatorsMaterialDrive-logosmThe first Educators Material Drive is coming up and we could use your help!

Does your office still print banner sheets? Do you see a lot of paper waste in your workplace? Bummer!

If at least one side of that is blank, teachers can use that paper in their classrooms and after school programs!

Start a small collection drive in your workplace now. We’ll be collecting these items February 14-17th.

We’ve even created this handy dandy poster for you to hang up (PDF)! All you have to do is hang, collect, and deliver. Easy as pie!

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January 2013 Board Meeting

January 8, 2013 at 7pm
Directors Present: Angela, Harley, Rebecca, Kaci, Katy, Kami, Cindy

New Board Member

We are extremely excited to announce the newest addition to our Board of Directors, Cindy Lawrence! She’ll be focusing on fundraising, grant writing, and providing the teacher insight we needed. Welcome Cindy!

Educator Materials Drive

EducatorsMaterialDrive-logoIt’s official! We’ll be holding our first annual Educator Materials Drive on Sunday, February 24th from 10-4pm to support Austin teachers and educators. We’re asking the public to collect materials for the drive and we’ll have drop off times the weekend before. Location is still TBD. Spread the word!

Volunteers Needed

We will need volunteers for our Educator Materials Drive for the two weeks before and during the drive. We’ll have sign ups available for shifts soon, so keep some time open to come help!

We accept donations of used wine and champagne cork!

corkDid all your holiday parties leave you with a bounty of wine and champagne cork? Doing some winter/spring cleaning and ready to offload your collection of cork? Austin Creative Reuse to the rescue!

You can now drop off your wine and champagne cork at:

6942 Ryan Dr
Austin, TX 78757 US

You can also always bring cork donations to our volunteer meet ups or events.

Email us at info@austincreativereuse.org for more information.

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December 2012: Board of Directors Meeting

December 11, 2012 at 6:30pm
Directors Present: Angela, Harley, Rebecca, Kaci, Katy, Kami

November Events Review

EAST was a great success! Austinites who stopped by got to create their very own stencil bag out of bags donated by SXSW and stencils created out of file hanging folders! Everyone had a ton of fun!

Fan Fest was small, but exciting! We made some great connections with the folks at the City of Austin and within the community. Those who stopped by our booth made postcards (out of cereal boxes) and refrigerator magnets (out of bottle caps and magazines).

Appreciations for November Events

Major appreciations to Katherine for creating the stencils for the bags at EAST! They turned out AMAZING. (Photos to come!) Also thanks to SXSW for donating the leftover canvas bags!

So many thanks to the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division (especially Lani Golstab and Sue Lambe) for inviting us to participate in Fan Fest! Here’s to many more collaborations!

Last, but not least, crazy appreciations to the volunteers who showed up to donate their time, energy, and great stories to our events in October and November. We couldn’t do this without your help!

Volunteers Needed

Participating in EAST and Fan Fest really drove the notion home that we need to keep our volunteers engaged in our organization. With that in mind, we’re continuing to look for ways to keep volunteers participating in an ongoing way. This will be especially important when we open our store front location (sometime in 2013).

LA artist, Carolina Fontoura Alzaga reuses bike parts into these crazy beautiful chandeliers

“You can make beautiful things out of unlikely materials and out of trash. Because it’s not trash. It’s trash because it no longer serves it’s original function. But that doesn’t mean it can’t have another function altogether. That’s where our creativity needs to come into place.”

—Carolina Fontoura Alzaga

See more of her work in her Etsy shop.

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October 2012: Board of Directors Meeting

October 9, 2012 at 6:30pm
Directors Present: Angela, Harley, Rebecca, Kaci, Katy, Kami

Green Ghoul Fest
Everyone is really excited about partnering with Be Groovy Be Green to put on a family friendly Halloween event on Sunday, October 28th at Thai Fresh. We’ll put a call out for volunteers in our newsletters in the coming few weeks.

East Austin Studio Tour
We have officially been accepted into EAST this year. We’ll be located at 701 Tillery both weekends! Harley, Katy, Angela, and Kami will be at our booth the first weekend (November 10-11th) and Rebecca, Kaci, and Harley will be at the booth on November 17-18th.

Fan Fest
In association with the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division we’ll be a vendor for Fan Fest (as part of Forumla 1) the weekend of November 17-18th. We’ll have a booth on Congress between 2nd and 3rd where we’ll be doing a free craft for folks who stop by.

Teacher & Educator Survey
We’ve sent out our material drive survey for teachers and educators via email and on Facebook and we’re already getting some great results.

September 2012: Board of Directors Meeting

September 11, 2012 at 6:30pm
Directors Present: Angela, Harley, Rebecca, Kaci, Katy, Kami

Green Ghoul Fest
We’ll be partnering with Be Groovy Be Green to put on a family friendly Halloween event on Sunday, October 28th at Thai Fresh.

East Austin Studio Tour
Thanks to Harley we submitted our application for the East Austin Studio Tour. We should find out in a week or so if we made it in!

Teacher & Educator Survey
We’ll be sending out our teacher and educator survey soon! Keep an eye out for it and help spread the word.

 

The Long Beach Depot for Creative Reuse

Check out this creative reuse center in Long Beach, California!

Long Beach Depot for Creative ReUse from James Kim on Vimeo.

Thanks, Jan, for sharing!

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2005 Wheless Lane, Austin, TX 78723
Center Hours:
Mon-Wed: CLOSED
Thu/Fri: 10AM - 4PM
Sat: 11AM -6PM
Sun: 12PM - 6PM
Curbside Pickup, 10am-4pm, Daily
Tel: (512) 375-3041