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16135 Harper
Detroit, MI 48224

Contact: Lauren Williams
Phone: (313) 655-5875


Arts & Scraps Arts & Scraps Arts & Scraps

Organization’s Description

Arts & Scraps uses recycled industrial scraps to help people of all ages and abilities think, create and learn.

We recycle 28 tons of industrial scraps to help 275,000 children annually think, create and learn.  Programs at Arts & Scraps include a public store, 6 interactive stations for adults and children together to play, learn and make stuff; open T, Th 11-6, S 11-4.  Custom group field trips and birthday include shopping.  In Metro Detroit, customized workshops for all ages using recycled materials for hands-on learning can feature the ScrapMobile, a 26’ bus, for shopping.  Family activities at public and private events involve all ages.  Products include individual and group learning packs, publications and a DVD.  There are volunteer opportunities for individuals, families, corporate and youth groups.

Bulk Shopping
– Schools and nonprofits fill a bag for $6; bag for individuals, families and for profit is $7
– Half bags are available
– Stuff a bag–over 300 items
– Staff is available for help with project ideas
– Everything rotates; get all you need in one visit–it may not be there next time!
– Groups contact us or call 313-640-4411 x 4 for off-hours shopping trips

Fabric Heaven
– An 11′ x 11′ room of rotating fabric–tapestries, cottons, retro and much more
– New fabrics added from individuals, designers and the store Express
– Love fabric?  This room is maintained by volunteers.  Get the good stuff first.

Scrap Junction
Open to the public Tues., Thurs. 11-6, Sat. 11-4, also included in field trip or birthday party.
For a 3 minute audio tour of Scrap Junction, visit the Detroit Public Radio (WDET)  STAR program to hear an interview w/Peg Upmeyer, Director.

Adults and children play, make stuff and learn together in 6 interactive stations.  Cost is $3 per person or get a Museum Adventure Pass from your library for 4 to visit free of charge.
Small parts are involved, so children should be old enough not to swallow them.  Depending on the age of the children, people usually stay anywhere from 1 to 1 1/2 hours; some more, some less.  Come enjoy enjoy a delightful interactive afternoon with your children.

Inclined Plane Wall
Use wood pegs to mount gutter scraps, plumbing joints and a dryer vent to pegboard.  Create inclined planes and screws to roll tennis balls on paths.  You can race two paths or see if you can get enough speed to launch a ball going uphill. Learn about simple machines and variations of inclined planes. And much more…

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