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August 2013                              
SCRAP Art: Book Cake by Monica Lee 
In This Issue
SCRAP at NightLife
SCRAP at Market Days
SCRAP at Urban Air Market
SCRAP Needs...
Board Report
Volunteer for SCRAP!
Drop-In Jewelry Making
Hats off to Teachers!
Art Break Day at SCRAP
Aug 24 - Accordion Explosion
Aug 31 - SCRAPpy Skirts
Sept 14 - Family Stuffy Workshop
Sept 21 - Creative Reuse Challenge
Fall WE SCRAP! Workshops
In Memoriam
Ruth Asawa

Beloved artist, educator and community activist.
Photo by Laurence Cuneo 

Art is for everybody
Ruth Asawa
SCRAP President Emeritus

CalAcademy NightLife
Join SCRAP at CalAcademy
and test your ability to make something that floats!
Thurs, Aug 15th  6-10pm

Join SCRAP at the Exploratorium's Market Days Trashformation!
Sat, Aug 17th 11-3pm
Turn SCRAP materials into sun dials and other fun projects!

SCRAP at Urban Air Market
Sun, Aug 18th

Dogpatch, Building 12,
Pier 70 @ 22nd Street

Join us for crafts for kids!
SCRAP needs...


In preparation for our fall teacher material giveaways, SCRAP is looking for paper of all kinds. Copy paper, lined paper, calendars, construction paper, notepads, envelopes, etc. We're always looking for sources for paper!

SCRAP works with printers, paper suppliers, and businesses in the Bay Area that have excess stock or that are moving or clearing out storage. If you know anyone who might be interested in our services, contact Kat Taylor at


Thanks for your support
of the arts, education,
and the environment!

Board Report
Hello Fellow SCRAPPERS,
Many many years ago, I was a creative Special Education teacher in the South. There were times that I had to dive into mall trash bins to find teaching supplies. Where I taught, Phyllis Wheatley Elementary school, we dealt with lack of funding and discrimination but we teachers were unstoppable and actually changed lives.

The first time I visited SCRAP, my mind returned to this time. This is my chance to continue my dream of supporting educators.  

If you are a Bay Area Teacher, please join us at our Hats Off to Teachers Materials give-away this Saturday 10am to 4pm. Thank you for making the world a better place.
Michael Bongiorni
SCRAP Board of directors,
VP Fundraising and Outreach
Volunteer for SCRAP

Want to help sort and organize all those fun SCRAP materials
Come to a SCRAP
Volunteer Orientation!
Mon, Aug 26th - Noon
Ask for Jeff!
Drop-In Jewelry Making
Come participate in our
Drop-In Jewelry Making
Mondays, 12 to 2pm
($5 suggested donation)
Quick Links  


I can't believe that the summer is almost over and that August is already here. As we get ready for our Hats Off to Teachers event this weekend, I'm reminded of why SCRAP was started almost 40 years ago. Anne Marie Theilen was in charge of placing artists into schools through the CETA program in the 70's. The artists needed to "scrounge" for supplies to teach in the classroom, anything from bottle caps to corks to paper to draw on. Businesses in the city were throwing away so much materials that could be used, and the Scroungers' Center for Reusable Art Parts was created.

Now, thirty-seven years later, SCRAP diverts over 250 tons of materials annually from landfill and into the hands of the artists, teachers and nonprofits who need them. We educate through our field trips, through workshops, through outreach events and more. We inspire creativity in all people. And we support the teachers who work so hard to "scrounge" for the materials they need in their classroom.

A big thank you to all of you who have supported SCRAP over the years and a big Hats Off to Teachers as the new school year begins,

Shuai Chen
SCRAP Executive Director 

(415) 647-1746 

for SF Bay Area Teachers 


August 10th   10am to 4pm


If you are an SF Bay Area teacher, come by to gather free classroom supplies. We'll have all kinds of materials for your classroom: pens, pencils, paper, markers, binders, National Geographics, sponges and much more!


Click here for more info!  

Take an Art Break at SCRAP!
Art Break Day ~ Fri, Sept 6th    9am to 5pm

SCRAP is proud to be participating in Art is Moving's annual Art Break Day! Art Break Day is a day-long celebration that encourages people to sit down, take a short break from their busy lives, and make art for free! Art Sites are set up in 17 locations throughout the world, this year including SCRAP. People of all ages are encouraged to participate. There is no time limit on participation. 


Learn more here!

SCRAP Workshop
Accordion Explosion w/ Courtney Cerruti

August 24th    10am - 4pm     fee: $60


Create a hardback accordion book and spend a day exploring the versatility of this structure by creating a content-driven book. We'll add, subtract and pop out bits and pieces of the inner structure while combining images and text to create your own personal narrative. This is a great chance to bring out the bits and bobs you've been collecting or print out those photos you have sitting on your computer... This class is ideal for beginners and seasoned book artists; all are welcome to play and explore the possibilities of the accordion and its contents!


About Courtney
Artist Courtney Cerruti sees the potential in the discarded, history in the mundane and art in the everyday. She teaches at the San Francisco Center for the Book, Press Works on Paper as well as other guest locations in the SF Bay Area and online at She is the author of Playing with Image Transfers, published by Quarry Books.

SCRAP Workshop
SCRAPpy Skirts w/ Sonya Philip
Sat, Aug 31st   10am-4pm    fee:$60

A skirt is a wardrobe staple. By combining different fabrics and patterns, this skirt will go with anything and everything! In this class participants will learn to make a basic A-line skirt with an elastic hem. The pattern (in six sizes) will be provided for you to trace and take home. This is not a beginning sewing class. Participants will need to bring a sewing machine.


About Sonya
Sonya Philip has always made things. As a self-taught artist, she enjoys the freedom of exploring and stretching mediums. Her latest project, 100 Acts of Sewing will continue with a series of exhibits and workshops around the country from 2012 through 2013. Sonya lives in San Francisco with her family.


Click here to register! 

SCRAP Family Workshop
Stuffy Workshop w/ Lauren Hartman 
Sat, Sept 14th  2-5pm for all ages!

Have you ever wanted to design and make your own stuffy?   Let your imagination go wild and create the perfect companion!  In this workshop we will draw out and design your ideal stuffy, then bring it to life.  Participants will get the opportunity to explore SCRAP for inspiration, fabrics, buttons, and trims to embellish and personalize their new creation. 

About Lauren  
Lauren has always been creating and constructing. Her passion for her art-making started in her childhood. Lauren teaches art and sewing at the Harvey Milk Center for the Arts and holds a Masters of Fine Arts degree from San Francisco Art Institute.

SCRAP Creative Reuse Challenge
   Birdhouse Challenge!
   Sat, Sept 21st 1-3pm

Think you're creative? Think you're crafty? Think you can transform anything into anything else? Test your creativity, crafting or carpentry skills in the SCRAP Birdhouse Challenge! We'll supply you with all the materials and tools you need in the SCRAP workshop. You conceive, design and build the best birdhouse. Judging will be performed by the SCRAP community and winning birdhouses will get a $30 gift certificate to SCRAP.
WE SCRAP! Workshops for Educators present creative reuse projects that can be taught in the classroom, use SCRAP materials, and directly ties into the curriculum. Participants learn and create the project and then obtain a classroom materials package complete with an instruction sheet including a list of California Content Standards the project fulfills.
10am to 1pm fee: $15 (for educators only)

Oct 5: Ode to Things presented by Sally Doyle
Nov 2: Science w/ Toys presented by Francisco Hernandez 
Dec 7: Finger Pupper Books presented by Patricia Christensen
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