La MaMa Blogs: Load OUT! Free Materials for Artists: April 11th!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Load OUT! Free Materials for Artists: April 11th!

Fourth Arts Block, a local non-profit organization leading the development of the East 4th Street Cultural District, will host its ninth Load OUT! event on Saturday, April 11th from 11 AM – 2 PM.
Load OUT! is a popular recycling, reuse, and repurposing event that provides an outlet for the community to safely dispose of gently used items, which aims to divert from the waste stream by inviting artists and community members to take home for their next artistic endeavors. Unclaimed items are collected for reuse and recycling by: United War Veterans Recycling, GrowNYC, Lower East Side Ecology Center, and Wearable Collections. 
FAB invites you to donate gently used items at absolutely no cost. Such items include, but are not limited to: 
·       Useable furniture
·       Books
·       Electronics (including cell phones and computers), old batteries 
·       Clothing and textiles 
·       Lighting and lamps
·       Dishware, cookware, and kitchen items
·       Art supplies
·       Oddities and knick-knacks

For a list of items that cannot be accepted, please find more information here.

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Found, Bound, Re-bound: A Creative Donating Workshop
hosted by Ged Merino

Found materials artist, Ged Merino, has an incredible talent for reusing, repurposing, and recycling materials into amazing art objects. At this year's Load OUT!, the artist will host a special public art making project in which anyone can participate.  For Found, Bound, Re-bound, donated shoes take center stage. Ged Merino will engage the public in making a plethora of shoe sculptures, making art from what would otherwise be waste. We are asking everyone to participate and bring their old shoes to donate so that together, we can create unique sculptures...with a purpose.

After the exhibition, the bound shoes will be shipped to the Philippines, where they will be displayed at the Drawing Room Gallery in Manila. The shoe-sculptures will then be donated to victims of Typhoon Haiyan to be unbound and worn again, giving the shoes a second, meaningful life.

Admission to the event is $5 for the general public and free for artists. Bring a pair of shoes to be donated and get in FREE!
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Please contact Patrick Jaojoco at with an itemized list of the items you’d like to donate and to schedule a drop off or pick up time on Friday, April 10th. No donations will be accepted without an appointment on that day. FAB can provide pick up for larger items or furniture (preferred max 300lbs) on Friday, April 10th. Donated items can also be dropped off at 11 E. 3rd Street on Friday, April 10th at the designated appointment time. E-waste can be dropped off on the day of the event without an appointment. 
FAB also invites you and your organization to attend the event on April 11th. Admission is free for artists and students and $5 for the public. Attendees are welcome to take home for free any donated items – costumes, props, furniture, art supplies, books, and much more. 

If you would like to donate to or learn more about this event, please contact Patrick Jaojoco at 

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