RAIR received a $400 grant at Stake #2 on January 30th, 2011

1. Describe the project a STAKE Grant would help you accomplish:
RAIR (Recycled Artist-In-Residency) is a young project located within a construction waste recycling center in Philadelphia. Our mission is to facilitate creative ways to divert waste from landfills by using art to promote awareness about the waste stream. Right now, RAIR has an artist and an industrial designer piloting the program without adequate tools. A Stake grant would allow us to purchase tools for our studio, which will help current and future artists efficiently and safely create projects from reclaimed materials.

2. How will you use the grant toward the realization of your project? $750 is your imaginary budget:
Due to the variability of the recycled materials being used by artists, it is critical to have the right, quality tools on hand. We would use $750 to purchase a band saw, table saw and hand tools for artists to use in the program.

3. A little about yourself and what led you to your current creative goals. This may include a previous project of yours, ways it both succeeded and failed (this can be entirely unrelated to your proposal):
Billy Blaise Dufala (artist), Avi Golen (business owner) and Fern Gookin (sustainable designer) came together from different backgrounds but were passionate about the same thing – the value of waste. Their unique partnership and dedication to the success of RAIR has allowed them to make this program to a reality over the past year. RAIR has recently received a grant from the City of Philadelphia to build formal studio space at the facility. Acquiring the appropriate tools for the program is an immediate need that will allow more projects to be realized.

4. Why is this project important? How will it benefit the community?:

RAIR was established in response to requests from Philadelphia-based artists wanting access to recycled materials. Approximately 200 tons of valuable materials come into the recycling facility each day. With this as a resource, RAIR is building new connections between art, sustainability and industry by giving artists the opportunity to work with reclaimed materials and inspire the community through re-imagined waste.