Call 717-466-6966 for free art classes, teacher supplies or donate, Ephrata
While we are best known for our fundraising thrifty craft store and our free crafting areas, we have many programs that help disadvantaged people. We provide free resources to teachers and we produce educational workshops and classes for field trips and for the public. We triumph in teaching diverse learning skills.
To develop, heal and grow community through experiential learning and interactive instruction for the advancement of diverse learners. We aim to promote access and equality by assisting all people to be inspired and empowered by using discarded, unwanted, and excess items as learning tools; creating generations to come to be more environmentally and socially conscious.
Our philosophy is that art and music is the foundation to teaching math, science, reading, writing and sociology. Creativity belongs in the same category as preventive healthcare, diet and exercise, and people who are robbed of the ability to create art because of economic hardship live a life of the poorest quality.
Art of Recycle is not just your run of the mill community center and craft store. We are a unique educational center that interacts with local school districts and non-profit organizations. Providing additional services for students and adults, free of charge, using your donations as educational tools.
Your excess resources help to provide programs that assist youth and adults who are less likely to succeed due to disabilities and disadvantages. We offer programs that are needed when the traditional educational system is not enough. Art of Recycle provides a low stress environment and a variety of learning situations that help people with high anxiety disorders to learn skills. We employ students who may not otherwise be able to be employed because their anxiety or learning disorders are not accepted within the current industry. Your donations, your social interactions, and your crafting and shopping experience are used as learning tools within our facility.
We are a place where people work together as a team, where everyone is accepted as they are, where people visit to make friends, where we heal and grow as a community.
Art of Recycle is creating and developing an outreach program that could very well change the way people think about their stuff.
Visit us, see what we are doing in Ephrata, and find out how you can help to make our communities better. Team work is the only way to solve problems and create solutions.
In the summer of 2017, Art of Recycle was recognized in the Lancaster Chamber's magazine "Lancaster Thriving"
for winning the 2016 #ImpactLancaster challenge with our innovative and successful program "Art is a Necessity". Our program involves distributing free materials to teachers in need of school supplies . Our self-sustaining program has strengthened and developed every year since.
As of October 2021, Art of Recycle has opened a 2500 sf Teacher Resource Center in Ephrata PA. AoR’s free teacher resources are now located in its own facility, adjacent to Art of Recycle’s Thrifty Craft Store.
There is a $35 processing fee to access the resource center.
Queen of Dragons
Assistant to the Wizard
Ambassador of Flow
Assistant to Merchandisers
Magical Whippersnapper Monitor Mentor
Fae of the Clean
Bane of the Dust
Star Shooter, Moon Climber
A place to belong
Where you are needed
Clean the Craft Castle
or Learn new skills
Make wonderful friends
Enjoy being part of a team
which is doing amazing things
for our community
Art of Recycle is a grassroots project that began in 2008 with the simple idea of teaching people how to re-use the everyday items around them to create art rather than discarding unwanted items into the landfill. Not just any art, but useful art that people would treasure and utilize for years.
As our programs developed, we discovered ways of using the discarded materials to better our community through community service programs and volunteer opportunities that our volunteers and staff created, and ways to use the resources to help other organizations. AoR is a nonprofit organization.
Art is a fundamental need.
Art is probably one of the most stress relieving and therapeutic ways of healing your body and mind. Our nonprofit organization believes that art and music belong in the same category as diet and exercise, and people who are robbed of the ability to create art because of economic hardship live a life of the lowest quality.
We believe that uniting with other organizations, creating community service programs and volunteer opportunities helps to create a stronger and healthier community.
Art of Recycle offers a free crafting area that is utilized by people of all walks of life. We facilitate intergenerational interactions by maintaining an environment in which young and old can enjoy together.
Disadvantaged teens, young adults and seniors benefit from our life skills, social skills and job skills programs.Your donations are used as tools in our workshops and craft store to help teach math, reading, writing, and critical thinking skills. We hire and train people who might not be employable due to their disadvantages.
We love our customers, please call to make an appointment to visit our nonprofit center.
27 Cloister Avenue, Ephrata, Pennsylvania 17522, United States
09:00 am – 06:00 pm
Closed Fourth of July, Thanks Giving, Christmas Day, and New Years Day. AoR closes early on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve.
A thank you to Art of Recycle from Exeter Community Library