Spare Parts’ purpose is unprecedented in San Antonio. It is the leader in reuse education through the arts. Spare Parts founded the MINI ART MUSEUM in 2013 to bring the fine arts museum experience to schools and the community, world wide.
In 2020, Spare Parts began working towards opening a physical Creative Reuse Center in San Antonio. While our physical store is not yet open to the public, we are able to offer online sales with Curb Side Pick Up from our new location. Limited Delivery to locations inside of Loop 1604 is available for purchases of $50+. Click on “Shop Now!” to see what we offer, listings are updated weekly!
The concept behind Friends of Spare Parts dba Spare Parts was developed in 2010 by Founder and Executive Director, Mary Elizabeth Cantú, as a response to the lack of arts funds and resources in PreK-12 classrooms.
In 2018 Spare Parts became a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization through the Friends of Spare Parts. Spare Parts believes partnership and programs centered on creative reuse practice builds smart, lasting and win/win initiatives. Professional Development Program (RE-Edu), Creative Reuse Education Program (RE-Mix), Spare Parts Exhibitions/Long-term projects (RE-Create) are a few of the creative reuse focused programs and resources offered regularly. As a result, Spare Parts is creating a pathways to reducing landfill tonnage.
Spare Parts inspires and supports the growing San Antonio creative community and our classrooms through environmental accountability. Sustainability, affordability and accessibility to the arts through reuse education is paramount.