The mission of Art From Scrap is to gather and dissiminate ideas, resources and curricula to promote a greater understanding of environmental issues, and to support and encourage creative exploration and expression in the arts.
Art From Scrap started in 1990 as a volunteer effort by a group of Santa Barbara parents concerned about the lack of funding for art programs in the schools. Community support, including the donation of warehouse space by the City of Santa Barbara and an umbrella agreement with the Santa Barbara County Education Office, helped AFS continue to develop throughout 1992. After operating under its own tax-exempt status for two years, AFS became a program of the Community Environmental Council in 1995.
Over the years Art From Scrap expanded its activities to include a large environmental education component, an extensive community arts program, and a Reuse retail store that has partnered with hundreds of local businesses to keep tons of materials out of the landfill.
In July 2006, Art From Scrap chose to once again become its own non-profit corporation, and now functions as an independent 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.
AREAS OF FOCUS
• Green Schools is our environmental education program with a focus on waste diversion, water quality and school gardens, serving over 12,000 students and teachers throughout Santa Barbara County by presenting over 600 in-class lessons and field trips to Art From Scrap, the Recycling Center, the Watershed Resource Center and creek sites each year.
• AFS Reuse Store provides an innovative solution to the lack of funds for the arts, while also decreasing the amount of trash going to the landfill, by supplying low-cost, recycled materials to schools, community organizations, families and the general public.
• Community Art activities expand opportunities for children and adults to explore their creativity through art workshops at the AFS Art Center, professional art shows in the AFS Gallery, and partnerships with community organizations to conduct free art activities at their events and festivals.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Don French, President – Graphic Designer, French and Associates
Karen Feeney, Vice President - Green Marketing Director, Allen Associates
Ashley Woods, Secretary – Executive Director, Morris Squire Art Foundation
Marilyn Parke, Treasurer – Certified Public Accountant, MacFarlane, Faletti & Company
Joanne Hollister, Past co-director of AFS
Simon Keifer, City of Santa Barbara Affordable Housing Project Planner
Melissa Marsted, Consultant
Eric Lohela, City of Santa Barbara Environmental Specialist
Kathy Snow – Marriage and Family Therapist
Gaby Altarac, Reuse Store x11
Melissa Brooks, Development Associate x17
Jill Cloutier, Environmental Educator/Volunteer Coordinator x13
Tahara Ezrahti, Education Director x12
Kim Greene, North County Environmental Educator
Nikki Heeren, Environmental Educator x18
Susan Evergreen Hericks , Reuse Store x11
Lindsay Johnson, Environmental Educator x16
Cherice Keck, Reuse Director x11
Chantal Peterson, Reuse Store/ Environmental Educator x11
Cay Sanchez, Executive Director x14
Telephone: (805) 884-0459 (see extensions above)