SCRAP and the Reclaimed Art Show Committee are honored to have the generous support of both the San Francisco Arts Education Project (SFArtsED) and the Minnesota Street Project. By partnering with SFArtsED, a model of art education for youth, and the newly acclaimed Minnesota Street Project, SCRAP furthers its mission to stimulate creativity and environmental awareness among San Francisco’s diverse population. The Reclaimed Art Show Committee is thankful to these valuable partners for helping make SCRAP’s 40th anniversary a memorable celebration.
Since 1968, the San Francisco Arts Education Project has created hands-on creative experiences for children in San Francisco public schools alongside some of the Bay Area’s finest practicing artists. Through in-school artist residencies, after-school and weekend programs and a six-week arts summer camp, SFArtsED has earned the reputation as San Francisco’s finest arts education program.
Bringing career artists directly to kids in every corner of our city helps them ignite personal confidence and growth. As children enter a world of lifelong investigation, they are left with skills that not only embrace their childhood curiosity but also captivate their imaginations over decades.
Founded by entrepreneurs and collectors Deborah and Andy Rappaport, Minnesota Street Project was inspired by the couple's belief that philanthropic support for the arts today requires an alternate model—one suited to the innovative nature of Silicon Valley and the region as a whole.
Their vision of a dynamic, self-sustaining enterprise that shares its economic success with arts businesses and professionals aims to encourage heightened support for the arts from newcomer and established patrons alike.
SCRAP, founded in 1976 by Ann Marie Theilen, was formed as a solution to a lack of affordable supplies for artists teaching within the San Francisco Unified School District. Without any funds, Ann Marie began sourcing supplies from local businesses who were discarding items they could not use. Anything from paper with the wrong logo to fabric samples was diverted from the landfill stream into art classes at San Francisco schools.
Since its inception SCRAP has diverted more than 10 million pounds of materials from the landfill, supplied free and cheap resources to over 500 teachers and 50,000 students annually, and been an avid participant in vocational training for developmentally-challenged youth in San Francisco Unified School District’s Transitions and Workability program.