More About The ARC

The Art Resource Center

A Brief History

THE ARC was incorporated in 2004 by Arizona fiber and ceramic artist Sherrie Zeitlin, who has been working in the Arizona arts community for over 30 years. It was during her years in schools and community centers, doing art residencies in underfunded art programs, that the idea to collect and give away supplies was born, ultimately leading to the creation of THE ARC .

During COVID, the ARC still supplied schools & nonprofits.

During the Pandemic

THE ARC was closed for over a year during the Covid Pandemic but our volunteers worked diligently to get supplies out to our community. We packed hundreds of boxes filled with requested items for schools and nonprofits that were picked up so programs could continue without interruptions.

As we learned more about Covid and felt comfortable accepting donations they began coming in by the ton. It made perfect sense, people were home cleaning out closets and happily donating supplies to THE ARC. At one point, every aisle was stacked high with boxed and bagged donations and our volunteers worked long hours sorting and shelving new materials.

On April 21,2021 we reopened THE ARC and we have been high beamed ever since.

Where We Are Today

THE ARC is run 100% by volunteers and sustained by donations. Starting at our inception with only 480 SF and no public awareness, THE ARC has grown to over 4,000 square feet of space, packed floor to ceiling with recycled art worthy materials. We are a donation destination for businesses, artists and the community at large. Everything we give away is given to us by others. Our community outreach has assisted an estimated 50,000 youth each year who have been touched by the creative hands and minds of those who regularly come to THE ARC for supplies: K-12 teachers, charities, shelters, after school programs, museums and theater groups.

RECENT PRESS COVERAGE

UNIQUE ARC STORIES

Pre-Made Thematic Gift Baskets are now available
Eagle Boy Scout Badge earned at the ARC