Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Arts & Scraps

Education Reimagined

Detroit, MI


Arts & Scraps reimagines recycled industrial materials, inspiring people of all ages to think, create and learn.

Ruling Year


Executive Director

Ang Adamiak

Main Address

16135 Harper Ave

Detroit, MI 48224 USA


children, art, recycling, environment, education, events, youth, volunteers, art kits, reuse, art education,recreation, creativity, volunteers, STEM, recycle, youth development, collaboration





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Recycling (C27)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Arts & Scraps is addressing environmental education and awareness while teaching STEM lessons through art integration. We are assisting educators, non-profit leaders and more through our educational programs. Through our store, we are resourcing teachers, artists, entrepreneurs, families, makers and more.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Field Trips

Student Workshops on Location


Scrap Packs

Community Store

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Average price of field trip tickets

Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Number of students per classroom during the reporting period

Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Arts & Scraps' goals are: -Be a community hub for our store customers and neighbors. We do this in many unofficial ways- we are working to make this more and more clear, efficient and communicated. - Increase the amount of students in Detroit and Metro-Detroit who feel engaged, informed and empowered in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (as well as creativity, entrepreneurship and design). - Increase the amount of students who feel informed and passionate about environmental issues and impacts. - Recycle and reuse as much material as is possible. Consistently increase the amount that comes in and out our doors. - Increase income streams to make us a more sustainable nonprofit overall, allowing us to build a future with even greater impact.

Store: Increase the amount of customers per day through social media marketing, tracking of customers and their needs. Building a network of people who utilize our stuff and our space. Programs: Increase the amount of grant and corporate funded programs we are able to do while still serving our fee-for-service clients. Increase scholarship funds for schools who don't have access to resources to bring us. Build relationships with clients, schools and communities to increase our reach and impact. Warehouse: Increase the amount of volunteers we work with, as well as our relationships to the companies with which they work. Utilize those connections to increase productivity functionally, but also as a connection point for inspiring them to support our work in other ways. Overall: Stay true to the values and Educational Philosophy we were built upon.

- Willingness to evaluate and change processes, programs and thinking - Diverse staff that works well together; long term employees and fairly new hires, many backgrounds and ages - Board willing to give time, expertise, connections and funds - Longstanding reputation of high-quality educational programs - Broad support from the community: over 1,500 individuals give donations and over 5,000 individuals donate time; documented 12,000 volunteer hours in 2019 - Current interest in corporate volunteering - Able to span education, art, child development, environmental fields - Can produce programs and projects affordable for all levels

We measure progress in these methods: - Each individual program delivery is evaluated, the comments used to improve the program - All activities in each area are tracked to ensure goal setting and achieving is occurring. - New grants are used to set and achieve small experiments that build infrastructure needed before we roll out whole new programs. - Records are kept of each Board and committee meeting, outcomes and time commitments volunteered and fulfilled. Dashboard breaks down all financials to help board have clear picture of progress and places to grow. - Staff meetings to review all reports, leadership staff works to implement change accordingly

Goals from 2017 completed: Complete: - Website design complete; - Store income growth for sustainability - Packaging analysis - Individual goals and strategies in each department leading to growth - Additional corporations added to volunteer program, board building relationships with new and ongoing volunteers - Able to leverage corporate volunteerism into product sales, individual and corporate financial support - marketing directed towards products; substantial increase at this point - 3 new board members added In progress: - Exploring moving to a new location - Strategic planning for how Arts & Scraps can have deeper impact in the community

External Reviews


Going Green Award 2009

Corp! Magazine

Governors' Arts Award Nominee 2007

ArtServe Michigan

Best Non-profit in Michigan, 3rd place 2007

Detroit News

Detroit Benefits Award 2005




Arts & Scraps

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization


Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?



Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?



Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?



Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?



Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


Organizational Demographics

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization


Race & Ethnicity

Sexual Orientation

This organization reports that it does not collect this information.


Diversity Strategies

We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
We have a diversity committee in place
We have a diversity manager in place
We have a diversity plan
We use other methods to support diversity
Diversity notes from the nonprofit
Because we serve a diverse community and we believe we can learn much from people with diverse backgrounds, we strive to include a good mixture of people involved with the organization. Good balance on board and staff, management and volunteers are important.