Art From Scrap $30 for 30

Birthday Fundraiser

Art From Scrap is turning 30 this year. We appreciate YOU, our patrons, shoppers, fiscal supporters, artists, teachers, families, business donors, and community members who have kept Art From Scrap thriving these past 30 years. Together, we have created so much!

Happy Birthday, Art From Scrap

Here’s to 30 more years of creativity!

Celebrating 30 Years of Creative Reuse


Art From Scrap is turning 30 this year! That’s thirty years of art, creative reuse, gallery shows, field trips, and tons of material being diverted from the landfill.

Art From Scrap was founded in 1990 as a volunteer effort by a group of parents who wanted to increase the availability of art supplies in the schools. Art From Scrap has encouraged reuse as a way to protect the environment and has educated generations of children and adults about the importance of waste reduction, upcycling, recycling, and creative reuse. Most children in Santa Barbara County have visited the Art From Scrap Creative ReUse Store on free field trips. 

Art From Scrap has offered our community low cost Art Workshops and an Art Gallery that have supported many local artists and inspired the imagination and creativity of the Santa Barbara community. 

The Art From Scrap Creative ReUse Store has diverted thousands of pounds of clean, reusable material from the landfill each year. All kinds of treasures, used and new, are donated by businesses and individuals and offered at low cost to schools, artists, teachers, theatre groups, and the public.

Art From Scrap’s original programming has expanded into the nonprofit Explore Ecology and includes a Creative ReUse Store, a large Community Arts Program, and extensive Environmental Education and School Garden Programs. 

Now more than ever we need your support to ensure that Art From Scrap remains an awesome community resource. To ensure that our community has access to creative reuse supplies during COVID, we’ve opened an online store that features many of our most popular creative reuse materials. 

We are also navigating the process of safely re-opening our store and have realized that some necessary and quite expensive changes are in order. Due to the nature of our materials and the layout of our building, we need to install a large ventilation system, a plexiglass barrier, and design a new store layout. With community support, we’ll be able to re-open soon.

We appreciate your support over the past 30 years! 

Thank You to Our Sponsors

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Join us in celebrating our 30th Birthday by uploading a short video telling us why you love Art From Scrap. We’d like to see your art, hear your stories, and learn what AFS means to you. Here are some video prompts to get you started: What are your favorite Art From Scrap materials? What makes Art From Scrap am invaluable creative resource for Santa Barbara? What inspiration do you find in the store? What do you hope the next 30 years will look like for Art From Scrap?

We may use your video in our virtual fundraiser which starts on November 15th!

Click Here to Upload Your AFS Appreciation Video

Video Guidelines:

  • 45 seconds or less in length.
  • Please record your video in landscape or horizontal mode.
  • Record someplace fairly quiet so we can hear you. 
  • Smartphones are great!
  • Please submit your video by Friday, November 13th.
  • Record in the highest resolution possible.





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