FABnyc to Host Bi-Annual Load OUT!, 11/2
On Saturday, November 2, 2013, Fourth Arts Block (FABnyc) will host its seventh Load OUT! - a twice yearly "riot" of repurposing and recycling activities. FABnyc will gather gently used materials from arts organizations and other donors throughout the East Village/Lower East Side for this one-of-a-kind extravaganza, taking place at 11 East 3rd Street from 12-3PM.
Load OUT! is specially designed to showcase creative thinking about sustainability and the arts. Artists and art students are welcome to take home any of the costumes, props, and furniture they need for their artistic endeavors, free of charge. Community members and non-artists can also attend Load OUT! for a small entrance fee of $5 and may take away materials free of charge. Everything remaining will be repurposed or recycled responsibly by GrowNYC, Wearable Collections, The Lower East Side Ecology Center, Film Biz Recycling, and the NYC Department of Sanitation.
Load OUT! also features clothing, textile, and e-waste community collections - open and free for everyone 12-3PM. FABnyc will collect e-waste, and GrowNYC will collect clothing and textiles. A list of accepted donations is available at www.fabnyc.org/loadout.php.
FABnyc will also feature "Latch/Attach" a growing hook-rug project that turns old t-shirts into yarn, producing a colorful, patchwork made from these up-cycled materials. Designed to engage FABnyc's community in a shared conversation about consumption while creatively making art from recycled materials, "Latch/Attach" began as a one-week residency FABnyc facilitated in the 12x12 exhibition at First Park this summer. "Latch/Attach" will continue throughout the year.
Started in 2010, Load OUT! establishes a local distribution spot for organizations and businesses to share materials they no longer need with artists, while providing free responsible recycling opportunities to the community at large. Since the program began,nearly 46 tons have been diverted from the waste stream. Load OUT! is a part of FABnyc's comprehensive sustainability and resource sharing programs that explore creative solutions to the complex challenge of urban and artistic sustainability.
FABnyc's SUSTAIN program (https://fabnyc.org/sustainability.php) and resource sharing initiatives have received funding from the Rockefeller Foundation Cultural Innovation Fund and Eileen Fisher. Load OUT! is also made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. This event is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with The City Council. FABnyc is grateful to Duo Multicultural Arts Center and Rod Rodgers Dance Company for their in-kind donation of space for Load OUT!