The Materials Center is a community resource open to the public that houses a large collection of “found” materials, gathered and donated by New York City residents and businesses. These materials are objects from our everyday lives that are often discarded, but could be repurposed or transformed into something new, encouraging creativity, problem solving, and action. We believe that these materials can enhance and enrich children’s learning, creative expression, and symbolic development.
Come by during our open hours to browse, shop for materials for your next project idea, and to drop off donations of materials. We hope to see you soon!
25% off All Fabric
- Including large rolls of canvas, great for large-scale painting this summer!
- Beautiful small-medium sized fabric, great for using with light, making wall decorations and sensory boards (we'll show you how!)
50% off Wood
- Flooring samples great for process-based work and building
- Small pieces great for sculptures
- Varying sizes of pine planks, great for woodworking
Stone and Ceramic Tile GIVEAWAY! It's all FREE!
- Great for garden beds and water painting!
Special WRITING CENTER Kits!
- $10.00 for two packages of hand-selected items that will boost symbolic and literacy development and offer opportunities for children to have fun drawing, writing and making things for one another!
Special SEWING / WIRE Kits!
- $5.00 for a package of hand-cut small materials perfect for using with beginner sewers and to use with wire. (wire and needles not included)
May 7th - June 4th (closed on Memorial Day)
Location197 East Broadway
Studio A, Mezzanine Level
We are very pleased to partner with Manny Cantor Center in establishing The Materials Center and make it available to the public as a community resource and destination for creative re-purposing. Manny Cantor Center is the flagship community center of Educational Alliance, offering award-winning programs, critical services, and exciting events for toddlers, teens, young adults, and older adults of all backgrounds. They work for and with their vibrant neighborhood to create experiences that make a difference in our community. Teaching Beyond the Square is grateful to be a part of such a diverse and dynamic community!
Materials Center Supporters
We would like to thank the businesses and organizations that have supported the Materials Center with amazing and beautiful donations! Check out what our Supporters are up to: