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For the Love of It All: A Creative Spare Parts Workshop Staff Pick

When: Sat., Feb. 10, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 2018
Price: $8 (registration required at
Back in 2010, Mary Elizabeth SAT Cantu launched the creative reuse organization Spare Parts in response to a lack of creativity in K-12 classrooms and statewide budget cuts for arts education, among other issues. Over the years, the entrepreneur, out-of-the-box thinker and certified Master Reuser has tirelessly collected traditional and non-traditional art supplies to distribute among Bexar County educators while keeping tons of “pre-loved” crafting materials out of landfills. In 2013, Cantu extended the scope of Spare Parts by teaming up with collaborator/educator Gabriela Santiago to launch the Spare Parts Mini Art Museum, a mobile art gallery that showcases tiny works of art (most measure 4-by-4 inches or smaller) in maquette-type displays that employ hardcover books or binders as “museum” walls. An eco-minded initiative led by artist/educator Kara Michele Salinas, “For the Love of it All: A Creative Spare Parts Workshop” encourages guests to step away from predictable, store-bought Valentine’s Day gifts and instead create something with a bit more heart, soul and originality. In addition to providing attendees with “an abundance of eco-friendly materials” ready to be transformed into handcrafted cards for friends and loved ones, the workshop (open to ages 8 and up) puts a romantic spin on sending an old-fashioned message in a bottle.


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