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Beer is Love Partner Spotlight: Friends of the Material Arts

Apr 04, 2016 Comments (0)  | Tags: Beer is Love Beer is Love Partner Spotlight: Friends of the Material Arts

Every month, the Ninkasi Tasting Room participates in the Last Friday Art Walk. We feature a new local artist each month and celebrate the wonderful arts we have in Eugene. Our love for art carries throughout our entire footprint. From our home base in Eugene to New York City, we are looking for opportunities to support artists and people who teach art.

Our first Beer is Love event on the East coast happened this month at Materials for the Arts. Similar to the Tasting Room, MFTA was highlighting a local artist. Additionally, they had art workshops that were open to the public. We are stoked for this new partnership with Friends of Materials for the Arts and can’t wait to see what they do next. 

Tell us about Materials for the Arts and your event!

Materials for the Arts is a program of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, with support from the Departments of Sanitation and Education. We collect a wide variety of reusable materials from businesses and individuals and make them available for free to nonprofits and civic organizations with arts programming and public schools. By providing a way for people to donate their unneeded supplies to thousands of creative and educational activities across the five boroughs, MFTA diverts over 1 million pounds of materials from the landfill each year. Friends of Materials for the Arts is our official nonprofit partner.

On the third Thursday of every month at 6:30 pm, MFTA opens its studios to the public for artists workshops focused on creative reuse. Attendees can meet featured artists and create unique artwork with MFTA materials. On March 17th, we welcomed artist Viviane Rombaldi Seppey Gutierrez, who led a workshop on mask making.

 How did the donation impact your event?

The donation from Ninkasi was integral to our promotion and marketing for the event, as well as the overall enjoyment of our guests. Our Third Thursday artist workshops are among the only events that allow us to open our doors to the public. Our main material diversion operation is free of charge for all eligible members, but we are limited in our ability to expand our reach beyond our members and promote our mission to the general public. These free public workshops allow us to do so, and having an opportunity to partner with Ninkasi only further incentives the program for prospective attendees. 

What does the Beer is Love Program mean to you? 

The Beer is Love Program connects good work with good beer.

Music is an integral part of our brewery. In that spirit, what would be the theme song for your organization? 

If I had a hammer - Pete Seeger

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