Austin Creative Reuse strives to foster conservation and reuse through creativity, education, and community building. We collect, distribute, and sell reusable materials donated from industry and individuals. We educate the community about how to reduce, reuse, and create in responsible and fun ways. Our vision is to unite the community by hosting a range of events, activities, and classes that bring people together to build awareness around conscious consumption, sustainability, and art. We build partnerships with and promote awareness of like-minded organizations to reduce overlap and increase awareness of city resources.
Impact StatementSince we opened our center in September 2015, Austin Creative Reuse has diverted over 85 tons of materials from the landfill and sold them as useful and interesting art, craft and educational supplies. We host free monthly Art of Reuse workshops and meet ups for educators, and offer craft activities at many local community events. ACR has worked closely with local organizations like Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center, AISD GO and VSA Texas to create volunteer opportunities for Texans with special needs, and have begun piloting our reuse in schools programs with a focus on Title I schools.
Needs StatementThanks to our abundance of supporters like you, Austin Creative Reuse had an incredible year! As our center operations and programming grows, our needs grow proportionally.
Your gift can help us support the expansion of our open hours of operation by supporting staff and center operations. Your dollars can help us to provide a wide variety of on-site educational programming like our artist workshops. Your donation will help our center to continue to provide materials that are affordable and accessible to our local educators, artists, and Austin community.
Though our wish list is great, we like to think of it as a long term investment for both the Austin community and the environment!
Ahhhh SO GOOD. As a maker/artist/teacher I don't know what took me so long to visit utopia. Super cheap, super wonderful selection of... oh, everything but the old yellow bicycle wheel that's now holding a school of lantern-fish was my favorite score from my first trip. I am happily bedazzled by this place. Big love!
This is the ultimate teacher store! So many wonderful treasures grouped in easy to navigate sections. There is no way you will go and not leave inspired!
Just go , it is great. This is a friendly place to find crafting supplies at a great price. They are great to donate stuff to, as well.This place is exactly what I was hoping it would be when I first visited. If I lived on this side of town I would go once a week at least.The bucket area is awesome , and the rest of the store is just as amazing. A real Austin treasure.
Yo this place is the bomb - every city should have one! The general idea is awesome. Who doesn't have extra craft supplies lying around from past projects that they don't need and won't ever use again? Why not have a place where all of these leftovers can be donated and put to good use by other crafters in the community instead of being thrown away?...
T.R. (5 Star Review)
Psst. Does your kid have a school diorama project? Are you planning a team building exercise at work that requires everyone to construct something out of random materials? Maybe you're a bonafide Maker about to tackle that cute DIY art thing you saw on Pinterest. Don't go to one of those big box arts & crafts stores for your supplies - you can get what you need at Austin Creative Reuse (ACR) *and* feel good about recycling & supporting a local nonprofit at the same time!
Shannon B. (5 Star Review)
This was a great way to unleash creativity - So Fun!!
Great fun; learned some new techniques, Scott helped me look at things in a different way.
Occasional Volunteer - We have drop-in volunteer hours every Monday from 9:30 am to noon and every Tuesday from 6 to 8:30 pm. NO need to sign up, just drop in and help us sort materials and more!
Core Volunteer - If you are interested in volunteering on a consistent basis, consider becoming a core volunteer. Core Volunteers assist in the Center to sort and price materials and assist customers and workshop attendees.
Volunteer Groups - We love hosting external volunteer groups! If your school, community service, religious, corporate or other type of group is interested in helping us out, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
To stay in touch about ongoing volunteer opportunities, please sign up for our volunteer newsletter at: http://austincreativereuse.org/e-newsletter-sign-up/ and visit the "Get Involved" section at austincreativereuse.org for more information.