Resource Depot is a nonprofit resource wonderland and learning center where materials are revived, repurposed and redistributed to those committed to creative exploration through reuse. Founded in 1999 by a diverse group of organizations, Resource Depot ties them all together with one common goal – providing Palm Beach County’s children with expanded arts and education programs while helping the environment through reuse. Resource Depot’s many community programs include teacher and nonprofit “shopping” memberships for reusable materials, in-school and onsite creative workshops for creatives of all ages and outreach initiatives engaging the public in creative reuse.
One such project, the Guerilla A.R.T. (All Reusable Trash) Challenge, takes place at the Artigras Fine Arts Festival in February each year. The Challenge pits teams of “makers” of all ages and skill levels against each other and the clock to create works of art from the reusable trash provided. Jennifer O’Brien, Resource Depot’s executive director, expands on this and says that “the Depot is not just a source for the reusable materials to realize eco-friendly creative projects, but it’s a source of inspiration and the hub of the creative community as well." Luis Aponte of the Palm Beach County Public Library System recently shared with Jennifer the steam engine they created for Florida’s 500th anniversary celebration, using primarily materials gathered through their Resource Depot membership. When sharing the creation of their steam engine with us, Luis said “I just wanted to say “Thank you so very much for this great service you provide in the community! Thanks to the materials our library got from the Resource Depot, we were able to build a steam train to celebrate Florida’s 500th anniversary at the VIVA Florida 500 parade. Thank you so much! Here’s a video on how we built it. Enjoy!” Click here for more info about Resource Depot.