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Youku Kasselie: The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

For the last six weeks, we had the privilege of hosting Youku Kasselie a Fellow from Liberia, through the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative.  Youku Kasselie is a teacher who is passionate about life, and thereby works to engage communities in waste reduction by transforming materials such as plastic bottles and other materials into crafts. Youku is an entrepreneur, teacher, and social activist. She recently started Creative Arts Enterprises – an organization that transforms garbage into jewelry, accessories and other fashion items. She has collaborated with the Coca-Cola bottling … Continue reading

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The Art of Play and Sustainability

We were thrilled when Kara Rossi, teacher at PlayArts, contacted us to set up a visit to The Resource Exchange with their summer campers. PlayArts is a beautiful child-centered arts and play space for infants through young children located on Front Street in Fishtown. Their facility offers educational enrichment, group classes and private music lessons for children and their parents. Sustainability is a key part of the PlayArts philosophy. “We believe that we’re in this together.  Respect–for the environment, our community, and one another. We took great care in creating a sustainably-minded space; please help us care for it and … Continue reading

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Theatre Reuse Highlights from 2016!

Our former staff member Flora Vassar now works as a props master and stage manager in many local Philadelphia theatres. She just sent us this wonderful summary of some of the productions that used our materials this year, so we thought we’d share it with you!

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