ArtsJunktion is a community-based, charitable organization committed to redistributing reusable materials.
ArtsJunktion reclaimes "waste" materials from businesses, which would otherwise end up in the landfill. These materials are brought to the ArtsJunktion depot where they are sorted and made available--paywhatyoucan--to artists, teachers, early childhood educators, crafters, the general public, and community organizations. In fact, we provide arts and crafts supplies for over 350 organizations and schools in Winnipeg! Not only does ArtsJunktion provide reclaimed materials to the public, it also provides art workshops (facilitated by local artists and art educators) and ArtHives (free, community crafting space) with an emphasis on repurposed materials and environmental sustainability. Our bustling depot is an interesting and compelling intersection of a diversity of stories, backgrounds, life realities, and dreams. We aim to acknowledge and celebrate local artists, Indigenous art and artists, and cultural diversity.
ArtsJunktion functions on the principle of reciprocity and building community capacity. Businesses benefit by reducing their waste and contributing to the arts. Artists benefit from having access in inspiring materials and paid employment opportunities. The public benefits from having a wealth of material resources, as well as artists to work with and a workshop space to be creative and learn new techniques.