Skraptacular increases environmental awareness by working with children and communities to transform trash into art and crafts all while teaching the concepts of sustainability, waste reduction, and smart consumerism. Skraptacular blends community, conservation, collaboration and creativity.
Skraptacular was born in 2005 in response to Hurricane Katrina. At the time I was working as a medical photographer and studio artist, raising my young son and volunteering at community events for children. The first Skraptacular event involved transforming milk cartons, plastic caps and corks into objets d’art and selling them at our Northern Manhattan harvest festival and in an online auction. This effort raised $3,500 for displaced New Orleans children living in FEMA trailers. It planted the seed that grew into an ongoing effort to raise eco-awareness through homegrown art and science projects, all crafted from refuse.
In July of 2010 Skraptacular became a Non Profit 501(c) (3) by enlisting The Fund for the City of New York as our fiscal sponsor. Skraptacular’s five-member board of advisors plays a leadership role in developing, presenting and planning school based programs. The Skraptacular team also produces dozens of private and community based events and environmental advocacy programs each year.
Skraptacular is a volunteer organization that brings people of all ages together to promote stewardship of the planet. Skraptacular enjoys the support of school leaders throughout Northern Manhattan and also collaborates with many leading environmental organizations, including the Fort Tryon Park Trust, the EPA, GrowNYC, Solar 1, Unwaste NY, the DEC and many more. To be a part of Team Skraptacular contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.