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spare parts is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of spare parts must be made payable to Fractured Atlas only & are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Donate to spare parts now!

August 1, 2014_spare parts Fine Arts Fair at Wonderland of the Americas_PRESS Release

Read Texas Public Radio Story by Jack Morgan: Spare Parts Fills A Local Educational Need For Art Supplies © Josh Huskin
Read Texas Public Radio Story by Jack Morgan: Spare Parts Fills A Local Educational Need For Art Supplies
© Josh Huskin
To further its mission, spare parts founder Mary Elizabeth Cantú is now a certified Master Reuser under the Reuse Alliance—the first person in San Antonio to earn this designation.
To further its mission, spare parts founder Mary Elizabeth Cantú is now a certified Master Reuser under the Reuse Alliance—the first person in San Antonio to earn this designation.

July 26, 2013_spare parts Fine Arts Fair at Wonderland of the Americas_PRESS Release

Art & Science Forge Together to Launch Community Partnership:_spare parts & 10BitWorks Hackerspace_Fall 2012

spare parts main objective:
Connect with various agencies/businesses & provide a steady supply of materials (otherwise thrown away) for the artistic community & educators. This will increase the creative & cultural energy of San Antonio.

paving the path By Erin Eggers and Marissa Villa / Conexion 2012

spare parts supports:
CULTURAL & ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY
AFFORDABILITY & ACCESSIBILITY TO THE ARTS
COMMUNITY, EDUCATION & CREATIVITY, GREEN-STYLE

The concept behind spare parts was developed in 2010 by Mary Elizabeth Cantu & responds to: a noted lack of creativity in K-12 classroom (The Creativity Crisis, Newsweek, July 2010); City of San Antonio’s “Creating a Pathway to Zero Waste” 10-year plan (Solid Waste Management Department, June 2010); dramatic budget cuts at state level for arts education programming (Legislative Budget  2012-2013 Biennium); an increase in art degree offerings (The Art Institute of San Antonio-2010, Southwest School of Art Bachelor of Fine Arts degree offering-2013); and a thriving arts & cultural community that makes a positive impact on the economy- $3.83 billion per year (Strategic Alliance for Business and Economic Research Institute and City of San Antonio study, 2006).

spare parts in the news (if external links are broken, please email us):
-4 CAM Events To Attend This Weekend (San Antonio Current, 2015)
-Cabinet of Curiosities of the Mini Art Museum (NOWCast SA, 2015)
-Mini Art Museum returns to CAM (San Antonio Express News, 2015)
-26th Annual Earthwise Living Day (WOAI News 4 San Antonio, 2015)
-Best of the City 2015 (San Antonio Magazine, 2015)
-Make San Antonio: Building a Community of Makers (The Rivard Report, 2015)
-List of National Night Out events in San Antonio (KSAT, 2014)
-10BitWorks Laser Cutter Fundraiser benefits artists and makers (NOWCast SA, 2014)
-Spare Parts and partners present 4th Annual Fine Arts Fair (NOWCastSA, 2014)
-Spare Parts: Clever Ways to Recycle ‘The Current’ (San Antonio Current, 2014)
-DIY Fiesta Flair with Spare Parts (San Antonio Current, 2014)
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CAM closing Party, Yeah! (Contemporary Art Month, 2014)

-SXSW 2014: DIY Projects Have Entered the Tech World (Time Warner Cable News, NY 1, Staten Island, 2014)
-PechaKucha brings passionate professionals together (The Ranger, 2014)
-CM supports Mary Cantu and Doris Palmeros at SA PechaKucha 13 (The Convergent Media Collective, 2014)
-PechaKucha 13: Blue Star to the Brim (The Rivard Report, 2014)

-Besos handed out to the things we love in S.A. (Conexion, 2014)
-Lucky Number 13: PechaKucha at Blue Star Contemporary Art Center (The Rivard Report, 2014)
-Take it apart, make art! (The Convergent Media Collective, 2014)
-Funny Valentines: DIY tips for homemade cards and gifts (San Antonio Current, 2014)
-Making art with spare parts and 10bitworks (NOWCastSA, 2014)
-Deck the Halls with Wire Hangers: 5 DIY Holiday Wreath Ideas (San Antonio Current, 2013)
-Runners-Up of 2013 ’40 Under 40′ Announced in San Antonio (San Antonio Business Journal, 2013)
-Spare Parts Fills A Local Need For Art Supplies (Texas Public Radio, 2013)
-Dreaming in Spare Parts: Making A Creative Space Happen (The Rivard Report, 2013)
-Recycling, rethinking and reusing artfully (San Antonio Express News, 2013)
-Wonderland and spare parts bring fine arts to the mall (San Antonio Business Journal, 2013)
-Stuff gets new life in artwork (San Antonio Express News, 2013)
-Arts fair for teachers set for July 26 (San Antonio Express News, 2013)
-Etsy #CraftParty Recap (Maker Mama, 2013)
-Providence student’s creativity leads to summer internship (NOWCastSA, 2013)
-spare parts: saving the planet and making art (NOWCastSA, 2013)
-Acts of Love (San Antonio Magazine, 2013)
-Our American Dream: Mary Cantu, Turning Trash into Treasures in the Hands of Budding Artists (Fox News Latino, 2013)
-Resolve to reduce-reuse-recycle (San Antonio Current, 2013)
-Art and Science Forge Together to Launch Community Partnership (San Antonio Current, 2012)
-10BitWorks to launch community partnership (Southside Reporter, 2012)

-paving the path (Conexion, 2012)
-San Antonio Creatives: A Diaz & Diaz special photo project for The Rivard Report
 (The Rivard Report, 2012)

-Spare Parts Studio needs some spare space (WOAI, 2012)
-Art With A Heart: Local Group Helps Teachers (WOAI, 2012)
-Reduce, reuse, recycle…and create (La Prensa, 2012)
-Reduce, Reuse, Recycle at Galeria Guadalupe (Texas Public Radio, 2012)
-Teachers:Still Time to Register for Spare Parts Teacher Fair (Alamo City Times, 2012)
-Space available at spare parts teacher fair (San Antonio Current, 2012)
-Amy & Mary Go Thrifting (Maker Mama, 2012)
-Spare Parts: Imagination as Trash-eater (San Antonio Current, 2012)
-Nonprofit Spare Parts recycles for the sake of art (San Antonio Current, 2012)

-Art supplies round-up for schools at Blue Star (San Antonio Current, 2012)
-East Austin Studio Tour (Austin Creative Reuse, 2012)
-sparepARTS needs arts materials for Teacher Fair (NOWCastSA, 2011)
-School’s community CAMP program making trash into eco-friendly art (San Antonio Express News, 2011)