We are partnering with SP in the belief that our community can come together and help make their brick and mortar location come to fruition.
Or contact the Spare Parts team directly for more information.
Q&A with Founder and Executive Director, Mary Elizabeth Cantú
Q: What will it mean for Spare Parts and for the community to have a brick and mortar location?
A: "As a brick and mortar location, we would be the only resource of its kind in San Antonio. Spare Parts would be your destination for preloved materials and our inventory would be constantly changing because it relies on the reusable treasures of our town. And don't forget our prices will be very reasonable."
Q: Where will it be located?
A: "We hope to find a space inside Loop 410. So far this is our only requirement."
Q: How will your classes run differently in light of the current pandemic?
A: "Like other organizations, we've moved to an online platform. It's definitely been a learning curve..."
Q: Are there openings for volunteers, instructors and store employees?
A: "Right now we are signing up volunteers for when we need to set up the store, take materials donations, sort these supplies and stock them. To volunteer please email our coordinator Laura Kraus: volunteer@sparepartsSA.org."
Q: Who do you feel a physical location helps most and why is it important to provide one to the local community; ie, what are the biggest differences from other art shops?
A: "Having a physical location most importantly assists with waste diversion. We accept what others don't need anymore and provide it to the creative and artistic community (parents, artists, students, families and you!)."
Get to know Spare Parts:
As quoted directly from the SP website -
"The concept behind Friends of Spare Parts dba Spare Parts was developed in 2010 by Founder and Executive Director, Mary Elizabeth Cantú, as a response to the lack of arts funds and resources in PreK-12 classrooms.
In 2018 Spare Parts became a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization through the Friends of Spare Parts. Spare Parts believes partnership and programs centered on creative reuse practice builds smart, lasting and win/win initiatives. Professional Development Program (RE-Edu), Creative Reuse Education Program (RE-Mix), Spare Parts Exhibitions/Long-term projects (RE-Create) are a few of the creative reuse focused programs and resources offered regularly. As a result, Spare Parts is creating a pathways to reducing landfill tonnage.
Spare Parts inspires and supports the growing San Antonio creative community and our classrooms through environmental accountability. Sustainability, affordability and accessibility to the arts through reuse education is paramount."
THEIR CORE VALUES
"To support cultural and environmental sustainability;
to provide affordability and accessibility to the arts;
to offer community education;
and to foster creativity, green-style."
So, what are their plans???
"To increase reuse and sustainable practices. Through programing, education and physical development, Spare Parts empowers citizens to reduce landfill tonnage through reuse and environmental accountability."
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