FABnyc’s ‘Load Out!’ to Take Place This Saturday
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Sharing is caring! Tomorrow marks FABnyc’s 8th Load OUT! repurposing extravaganza. Held twice yearly, the event gathers gently-used materials from arts organizations and other donors throughout the East Village/Lower East Side for this one-of-a-kind reduce, reuse, recycle of creativity and all the materials that go along with it. It’s a pretty significant event, considering the program has diverted nearly 50 tons from the waste stream since the program started in 2010.
Load OUT! is specially designed to showcase creative thinking about sustainability and the arts. Artists and art students are welcome to take home any costumes, props, and furniture they need for their artistic endeavors, free of charge. Community members and non-artists can also attend Load OUT! for a small entrance fee of $5, and take away any amount of materials free of charge. Everything remaining will be repurposed or recycled responsibly by GrowNYC, Wearable Collections, Lower East Side Ecology Center, and United War Veterans Recycling. Any unrecyclable items will be properly disposed of by the NYC Department of Sanitation.
Load OUT! is part of FABnyc’s SUSTAIN initiative, which has received significant fundages from the Rockefeller Foundation Cultural Innovation Fund. There’s quite a bit of involvement, too; among the organizations that have made Load OUT! a reality include ConEdison, Eileen Fisher, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Additionally, FABnyc tips its hat to Duo Multicultural Arts Center and Rod Rodgers Dance Company for their in-kind donation of space for Load OUT!
The event is free for artists and art students, $5 for the general public. There’s also a FREE drop off for e-waste and textile collection by GrowNYC and the Lower East Side Ecology Center. The trade-off is going down April 26, from 12-3pm, at 11 East 3rd Street, between Bowery & 2nd Avenue.