Digging Into What The Resource Depot Has To Offer: Start Turning Waste Into Wonder!

The Resource Depot is a treasure trove for crafters, educators, artists and anyone who is trying to create! This non-profit organization takes the importance of recycling to a higher level, offering supplies, classes, workshops and volunteer opportunities. Membership to Resource Depot is open to anyone in the community. Of course, teachers continue to shop here, as well as artists, families, home school parents  and other community groups.  The Rickie Report shares an interview with Caren Hackmen and Jennifer O’Brien of the Resource Depot located in West Palm Beach, FL. We hope you will put this on your list of places to see – we know you will return often! Crafters and artists interested in the 3rd round of the Guerilla A.R.T. (All Reusable Trash) Challenge at the Kelsey Theatre (adjacent to The Brewhouse Gallery) in Lake Park on Saturday, June 4th from 5-8pm read the details here.

 

 

 

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Resource Depot

2510 Florida Avenue     West Palm Beach, FL 33401

(561) 882-0090

www.resourcedepot.net

 

 

 

Caren Hackmen

Talks With Jennifer O’Brien,

Resource Depot

 

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Oh, The Creations!

 

CH: What is Resource Depot and how was it started?

Resource Depot is a nonprofit creative reuse center that has been serving the Palm Beach County community for more than 16 years. In 1999, several influential partners and collaborators in the community joined together to form Resource Depot. Some of those organizations are still involved today; Children’s Services Council, Solid Waste Authority, United Way of Palm Beach County, the School District of PBC, Florida Power and Light and SunFest.

 

JO:

We started as an educational and environmental initiative to reduce the amount of waste that was going into the landfill by diverting materials being disposed of that were still reusable. These donated materials from businesses and individuals were collected by Resource Depot and distributed to the educational community, specifically to help stretch the budgets of nonprofit organizations and teachers.

 

 

 

Resource Depot has stayed with that mission. However, since moving to a new, larger location in 2013, in West Palm Beach, the organization has not only expanded its physical footprint, but also expanded our programs and services. Now that we are more centrally located in the county we do more than just provide materials. We provide DIY resources and ideas for projects, host field trips and workshops for students and families as well as show artwork of local “junk artists” in our gallery.

 

 

 

Many people don’t realize that membership to Resource Depot is open to anyone in the community. Of course, teachers continue to shop here, as well as artists, families, home school moms and other community groups.

 

 

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           Books!

           Bins!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CH: I attended an unusual event called “Signal House.” Can you describe it and tell me how that project was conceived?

JO:

The Signal House was a grant program made possible through the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County to serve as a way for us to activate a portion of unutilized outdoor space on our property as an interactive art installation. The grant provided funds for Resource Depot to secure Alex Branch, a visiting artist from Brooklyn, NY, who had created a similar installation in NY.

 

 

 

 

We were really attracted to the project because of its aesthetics and its collaborative nature. We had connected with Sarah Knouse, an art teacher at the Oxbridge Academy, who introduced us to Alex and her site-specific installations – and Signal House truly is a site-specific art installation. It is located in our outdoor “back yard”, which is adjacent to the railroad tracks. Rather than fight the noise, Alex chose to work with it. She created opportunities for visitors to have rhythm and music making experiences within the space. Signal House is just the first step in our plans to enhance the outdoor space to offer more opportunities for the community to gather for art workshops, music and even to view films on the building’s white wall.

 

 

This project is serving as a catalyst for us to create more and more space for events and unique programming. We have opportunities for the public “to see, to do and to make.”–whether someone wants to get materials here, learn something new or see what others are creating…there is something for everyone!

 

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FPLCares FPL Volunteer Day at Resource Depot

 

 

 

CH: What are some of the upcoming events?

JO:

Tyler Whitesides, a “junk” musician and author of the Janitor Series, visited Signal House Event. Tyler is a percussionist in his group, Jammin’ Janitors, who create music by “playing” janitorial equipment such as spray bottles, trash cans, and buckets. We continue to plan other community events in the Signal House space until the installation commences on June 4.

 

 

 

In addition to Signal House, we are gearing up for another exciting summer of Junk Camp at Resource Depot for kids entering grades K-5. At this year’s 2016 Junk Camp, children will spend the day exploring the possibilities within all the discarded materials in the world around them, while learning new ways of transforming everyday objects into extraordinary works of art, developing their imaginations, problem solving skills, and love for the environment in a fun, hands-on manner unique to Resource Depot!

 

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Field Trip To Resource Depot

 

 

 

We are currently accepting registrations for all three weeks open in the summer :

June 20-24th
July 11-15th
August 1-5th

 

 

 

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Guerilla A.R.T. (All Reusable Trash) Challenge

 

 

 

Also, we are currently recruiting crafters and artists for our 3rd round of the Guerilla A.R.T. (All Reusable Trash) Challenge at the Kelsey Theatre (adjacent to The Brewhouse Gallery) in Lake Park on Saturday, June 4th from 5-8pm. The Guerilla A.R.T. Challenge is an on-the-spot crafting challenge consisting of 4 teams who take on 3 quick challenges to compete for the title of “Extreme Guerilla A.R.Tist”.
In each round, contestants will channel their inner “MacGyvers”, out-crafting each other with Resource Depot’s repurposed materials and their own wits, creativity, skills, and secret weapons! Three celebrity judges will rate projects on artistic merit, technique, and utility, but bribing is *encouraged* — expect that to upend the scored results and lead to much hilarity.

 

 

 

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Creativity Is Happening!

 

 

CH: How do you go about accepting contributions?

JO:

We love contributions and are always looking for teaching materials, arts & craft supplies, and other cool materials with lots of possibilities! We cannot accept anything that that is broken, unsafe or unclean. Donations can be dropped off anytime we are open (See Website for Hours www.resourcedepot.net). We also have a pick-up service for larger business donations.

 

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Field Trip at the Create Space

 

CH: How would an individual or an organization go shopping at Resource Depot?

JO:

 

Anybody can come off the street and get a one day bin pass to fill up a recyclable tote bin for $5.00. If you become a member, you are given a larger tote bin to “shop” and you may have unlimited visits throughout the year, as well as placing items on a wish list. Some of our customers have placed items such as theater props, a sewing machine, projector, or large quantities of items. Our inventory of materials changes daily (even hourly) as donations come in, so visit often as you will discover new treasures each time your are here! Currently we have a great deal of fabric, file folders and binders. We also have matte board and frames, loads of plastic containers, poster board and other items that artists can use on a rather regular basis.

 

 

 

 

CH: What is the most important thing for people to know about Resource Depot?

JO:

We are a one-of-kind nonprofit in this community. We enjoy being a pay-it-forward kind of organization, where we are extending the life of objects that will not go into a landfill, extending peoples budgets, and opening their minds, while at the same time contributing to sustainability and environmental health of our local community.  I am also available to speak to groups and organizations!

 

 

Please come and check us out – there is something for everyone.

Resource Depot

Hours of operation:
Tuesday-Thursday: 11 am to 5 pm
Saturday 1 pm to 5 pm.
Check website for summer hours

www.resourcedepot.net

Shopping Hours: 

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 11am-5pm, Saturday, 9am-1pm

Donation Hours: Monday -Friday 9 am-4 pm

2510 Florida Avenue
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
 561-882-0090
Across from Publix
One block west of Old Dixie

Directions:

Travelling from I-95, exit at Belvedere, and head east 7/10 of a mile to Florida Avenue. Turn left on Florida, which is the street after Georgia. Asian Accents is visible on the corner.

 

 

For more information about Caren Hackman:

Caren Hackman is a graphic designer and fine artist living in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. and author of a book about Graphic Design and Good Business practice: http://www.carenhackman.com/book/.

Be sure to check out Caren’s wonderful artwork – Caren is a talented artist in her own right! She is a founding member of the Artists of Palm Beach County.

www.carenhackman.com

 

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

 

ArtRageous: Downtown Boca’s Art & Craft Festival On October 10 – 11th Honors Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Are you ready for the debut of ArtRageous: Downtown Boca’s Art & Craft Festival on October 10-11, 2015? Produced by Howard Alan Events and hosted by Downtown Boca, this  2 day outdoor gallery style street festival will showcase the work of the finest artists and crafters in the country.  Many of the exhibitors will feature artwork in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Proceeds from the sale of Breast Cancer Awareness artwork will be donated to The Shula Fund at Moffitt Cancer Center. Admission is free and open to the public. In Jacob’s Shoes will be on site accepting donations and support for their efforts to provide shoes and school supplies to local children in need. The Rickie Report shares the details, images and information about the Free Art Giveaway.  This is truly a “community” event – helping others while enjoying ourselves!

 

 

 

ArtRageous: Downtown Boca’s Art & Craft Festival

Saturday October 10

Sunday October 11

10 am – 5 pm

Honoring Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Leading Local & National Artists – Eclectic Displays of Original Art – Unique & Affordable Gift Items – Live Music – Free Art Giveaway

In Jacob’s Shoes will be on site accepting donations and support for their efforts to provide shoes and school supplies to local children in need.

Palmetto Park Road from Federal Hwy to Mizner Boulevard in Downtown Boca

Navigational Address: 72 North Federal Highway, Boca Raton, FL 33432

To Support the Arts and the Local Downtown Boca Community

 Free community event

 

 

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 October 10-11, 2015, ArtRageous: Downtown Boca’s Art & Craft Festival. The finest artists and crafters in the country will converge upon Palmetto Park Road from Federal Hwy to Mizner Blvd. in the heart of Downtown Boca for a two-day juried outdoor gallery style street art fair. A wide variety of original artwork, functional pieces and unique gift items will be on display and for sale with prices set to suit all budgets. Proceeds from breast cancer inspired artwork will be donated to the Moffitt Cancer Center.

 

 

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In Jacob’s Shoes will be onsite to raise awareness and accept donations of new and gently used shoes and backpacks for local children in need. Produced by Howard Alan Events & hosted by Downtown Boca. Saturday & Sunday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, www.ArtFestival.com or downtownboca.org – 561-746-6615. Free.

 

 

 

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Free Art Giveaway artists

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“We are delighted to host Artrageous in Downtown Boca,” said Ruby Childers, Downtown Manager. “In addition to viewing fabulous works of art, event attendees will enjoy dining, shopping and cultural attractions within the beautiful surroundings of Downtown Boca.”

 

 

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Eileen Lovre 
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Howard Alan Events will once again partner with the world-renowned Moffitt Cancer Center, the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center based in Florida. This not-for-profit hospital and cancer research facility has made a lasting commitment to the prevention and cure of cancer, working tirelessly in the areas of patient care, research and education to advance the fight against this disease. Proceeds from the sale of breast cancer awareness artwork will be donated to The Shula Fund at Moffitt Cancer Center. The fund supports cutting-edge breast cancer research projects that will serve as a resource to accelerate Moffitt’s mission to contribute to the prevention, treatment and cure of cancer.

 

 

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The artists will line their booths along Palmetto Park Road from Federal Highway to Mizner Boulevard in Downtown Boca Raton. The artistic media will be diverse and will include paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, handmade jewelry, collage, mixed media and more. A separate craft marketplace will offer a full spectrum of affordable crafts and gift items. Festival patrons are encouraged to engage the artists as they explore the eclectic exhibits and register to win the free art giveaway. All exhibitors will be present for the duration of the event.

 

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Eileen Lovre
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In Jacob’s Shoes, a public charity providing shoes, backpacks & school supplies to local children in need, will be onsite to raise awareness and accept donations of new and gently used items. Fundraising efforts allow them to also provide grants for camp, aftercare, sports and enrichment programs. “Getting new shoes just isn’t possible for many children in our community,” explains Harlene Zweig, founder and director of In Jacob’s Shoes. “We strive to help children in poverty walk with dignity. We must continue our mission to raise awareness and gain the support of our neighbors throughout South Florida.

 

 

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Free Art Giveaway artists

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Festival promoter Howard Alan Events produces many award-winning juried art fairs throughout the country and Florida including the Las Olas Art Fairs, Boca Fest, the Downtown Delray Beach Festival of the Arts, and Alexandria King Street Art Festival among others. “We are thrilled to provide Boca Raton with another quality art show,” says Howard Alan, founder of Howard Alan Events. “This is a wonderful addition to our Fall line up of high-end art festivals here in South Florida.”

 

Information At-A-Glance:

• ArtRageous: Downtown Boca’s Art & Craft Festival
• Produced by Howard Alan Events
• Hosted by Downtown Boca
• October 10 & 11, Saturday & Sunday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
• Location – Palmetto Park Road, from Federal Hwy to Mizner Boulevard
• Free Admission
• Juried outdoor art showcase
• Original Art & Crafts – Handmade in America
• Prices set to suit all budgets – ranging from as little as $25 to $30,000
• Exhibitors hand-selected by independent panel of expert judges from hundreds of applicants
• All artists and crafters on site for duration of festival
• Vast array of artistic media including paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, handmade jewelry, collage, mixed media
• In Jacob’s Shoes, a public charity providing shoes, backpacks & school supplies to local children in need, will be onsite to raise awareness and accept donations of new and gently used items.
• Proceeds from the sale of Breast Cancer Awareness artwork to benefit the Moffitt Cancer Center

 

Downtown Boca

Downtown Boca is the city’s main destination for shopping, dining and entertainment. The area is home to festivals such as the Festival of the Arts Boca and Brazilian Beat, as well as more than a dozen cultural attractions and art galleries including the Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum, the Boca Raton Museum of Art and the City’s Mizner Park Amphitheater. Plaza Real, the publicly owned area in Mizner Park, was named one of the Top 10 Great Public Spaces in the U.S. by The American Planning Association. For more information visit www.downtownboca.org.

 

 

 

About Howard Alan Events, Ltd.:

 

Howard Alan Events, a Florida-based company, develops and presents art and craft shows throughout the country. For the past 32 years, Howard Alan Events has produced some of the nation’s finest juried art shows, including more than 40 venues each year such as the Downtown Aspen Art Festival (Aspen, CO), Beaver Creek Art Festival (Beaver Creek, CO), and the Las Olas Art Fairs, (Fort Lauderdale, FL). Several shows are ranked in the top 100 art fairs in the country by Sunshine Artist magazine. The group’s founders personally select culture rich cities for their show locations providing a complete outdoor experience unmatched by other festivals. Each show is unique with works of both established and emerging artists.

 

 

For additional information about ArtRageous: Downtown Boca’s Art & Craft Festival and other Howard Alan Events art and craft shows across the country, visit www.artfestival.com or www.downtownboca.org, email: info@artfestival.com or call: 561-746-6615.

 

 

 

About In Jacob’s Shoes:

The Jacob S. Zweig Foundation, Inc. d/b/a In Jacob’s Shoes was formed in loving memory of Jacob Samuel Zweig. In Jacob’s Shoes honors the love and encouragement Jacob gave to all who knew him and strives to continue Jacob’s way of making a difference in the lives of others. Jacob’s innate and selfless gift of helping and giving to others will live on through In Jacob’s Shoes. The mission of this 501(c)(3) public charity is to provide new and gently used shoes, school supplies and athletic gear to children in need. Grants are also awarded for camp, aftercare, athletic and enrichment programs. Please go to www.InJacobsShoes.org or call (954) 905-2505 to learn more about In Jacob’s Shoes, make a donation or inquire about volunteer opportunities.

 

Connect via Facebook at www.facebook.com/InJacobsShoes and twitter at twitter.com/InJacobsShoes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291