Philadelphia's Creative Reuse Center
- In 2013 we saved over 18 tons of film & theatre props, set pieces, art supplies, textiles, lumber, and many other reusable materials from landfill by putting them back into the local creative economy.
- 1065 lbs of this reusable material was fabric alone, including 150 lbs of painter’s muslin
- 96 tons of set construction materials were recycled instead of sent to landfill in 2013 alone because of our partnership with Revolution Recovery.
- 18 film & television production companies, theatre companies and area prop shops donated reusable materials to The Resource Exchange in 2013
- 17 film, television, theatre, and performance projects used reclaimed building materials, art supplies, fabric, and props from the Resource Exchange in their productions in 2013
- The reusable materials we are able to supply to the community went up 60%
- In 2013 we were proudly able to provide full time positions for 2 talented and passionate recent graduates from Temple University’s Department of Theater and Tyler School of Art
- In the summer of 2013 we hosted 3 creative interns from Steppingstone Scholars and were able to teach them about salvaging materials, reuse, recycling, and running a non-profit.
- We supplied reusable materials to and connected with over 14 educational institutions in all ranges from community centers to The University of the Arts
- We enabled over 55 individual artists, crafters, and remakers to create work with our reclaimed and salvaged materials.
- We featured and promoted 13 local artists’ works in our store through our monthly reCREATE featured artist program.
- We started hosting creative reuse workshops where local artists could teach how to use reclaimed materials in specific artistic forms.
- We were able to host 11 free or low cost community events at The Resource Exchange including our creative reuse workshops, an open “Greener Philadelphia Theatre” discussion, A Philadelphia Open Studio Tour, and our first live performance by The Philadelphia Opera Collective as a part of Design Philadelphia