Load OUT! Fall 2016 Edition

September 17, 2016, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Once again, FABnyc is hosting Load OUT! – a creative recycling and repurposing riot during which we bring together gently used materials from arts organizations throughout the East Village and LES. Take home costumes, props, and furniture for your next artistic endeavor! This edition of Load OUT! is part of SUSTAIN – a day encouraging recycling, reusing, and repurposing in your everyday life, presented by FABnyc in partnership with Downtown Art.

In 2010, we noticed that local theaters were “loading out” sets and materials directly into dumpsters after productions ended their runs. Not only were the materials being disposed of inefficiently and unsustainably, but were often of great value to other artists. As a creative response, FABnyc initiated “Load OUT!” inviting neighborhood arts and cultural groups, non-profits, and community members to donate sets, costumes, props and office equipment they no longer needed, to be made available to other artists.

While we accept items mostly from cultural institutions, as individual contributors, please visit the Load OUT! page for a list of items we can and cannot accept. A good rule of thumb is: nothing soiled, nothing large.

Photo by Olivia Peters
Photo by Olivia Peters

In this edition, we are also excited to have Lexy Ho-Tai lead a Kreate Your Own Kooker workshop at the DTA lot on 19 E. 3rd Street lot, with other fashion & textile activities (see below) hosted by Downtown Art! Kookerville is the world where your inner child goes to when it’s been lost. It’s a world filled with play, curiosity and, of course, KOOKERS! All Kookers are made from found/ recycled materials, and spontaneously bring joy all around New York City!

This is a workshop materiality, sustainability, and collaboration: Collaboratively create a Kooker on site, using recycled materials readily available and learn to rethink materials and develop your own unique textiles with Lexy Ho-Tai. You may also bring materials such as old fabrics and bottle caps to contribute to a Kooker. Come play!

Finally, we’re also glad to welcome to the lot GrowNYC & Transportation Alternatives – learn how we can think about our everyday comings and goings as a larger ecosystem here in NYC.


Admission: FREE for artists & students / $5 for general public.
Saturday, September 17th
11 am – 2 pm
Rod Rodgers & DMAC Lot, 11 E. 3rd Street

Special thanks and supporting partners
Rod Rodgers Dance Company
Duo Multicultural Arts Center

With support from
LES Ecology Center
United Veterans for War Council
Wearable Collections

Workshop & Activities as part of SUSTAIN at the DTA Lot, 19 E. 3rd St.
Visit the SUSTAIN event page for full details!
esa hosts – The Rag Upcycle

Create everything from a pot holder to a dreamcatcher out of repurposed fabric scraps donated from the cutting room floors of local fashion houses and designers. Think zero waste every day.

8pm – midnight

DTA Theater, Enter from 70 E. 4th Street
$10 – buy tickets here
Fashion runway meets art exhibition as esa brings Study NY, Zero Waste Daniel, Behno and Lindy Fox together to showcase their beautiful and sustainable pieces on live models who will be just as much part of the crowd as you!


GrowNYC is the sustainability resource for New Yorkers: providing free tools and services anyone can use in order to improve our City and environment. Our mission is to improve New York City’s quality of life through environmental programs that transform communities block by block and empower all New Yorkers to secure a clean and healthy environment for future generations. We have four main programs including our Greenmarkets, recycling resources, community gardens, and educational programs for school age children.

Transportation Alternatives