Creative Reuse Artist Spotlight: Ann Carrington

Ann Carrington transforms discarded objects into impressive artwork. She turns antique silver spoons into sculptural flower bouquets and old cans into mixed media artworks and sculptural busts.


Yes…we are still collecting!

I wanted to take a moment to thank all of you who have donated this year! We’ve been able to provide art materials to Anacostia High School, Brightwood Education Campus, Whittier Education Campus, Highland View Elementary School, Flora Singer’s after school program, Thomson Elementary, and the Zenith Community Arts Foundation.

We are always looking for more donations and more places to donate. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions:


Where to donate in Silver Spring

Organizations in Silver Spring, Maryland Looking for Donations:

1.  Friends of the Library of Montgomery County  accepts books & magazines. They are located at the Old Silver Spring Library
8901 Colesville Road Silver Spring, MD 20910 (301) 933-1110

2. Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore  accepts clean furniture and building supplies. They are located at 12006 Plum Orchard Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20904  (301)947-3304

3. A Wider Circle accepts furniture, towels, bedding and all things to help people with new living spaces. They are located at 9159 Brookville Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910 (301) 608-3504

4. Pennyworth Thrift Shop accepts clothing and household goods. They are located at 949 Bonifant Street, Silver Spring, MD (301)587-6242

5. Silver Spring Creative Reuse accepts fabric, art supplies, office supplies and any other material that can be used creatively. We are located in Silver Spring (202)549-2090 or



We Are Looking For Teachers In Need of Art Supplies


As of today, we have collected over 250 pounds of materials that will be placed with teachers in need. If you are a teacher in Montgomery County Public Schools or the District of Columbia Public School system and you are in need of materials for your classroom…we have been looking for you.

Please send us an e-mail with your name, school, and what type of materials you are hoping to find. Let us do the work for you! Collecting unused materials from our community and redistributing them into your classroom is what Silver Spring Creative Reuse is all about.

Check out our list of collectible items and send an e-mail to

What is creative reuse?

Creative Reuse (also known as upcycling or repurposing), is when the addition of creativity to an already manufactured item brings a new function. A CD jewel case can become a bird feeder, wine corks turned into a cork board, a t-shirt transformed into a rug. (as defined by The Reuse Alliance)

Silver Spring Creative Reuse is a brand new project currently run by volunteers. We hope to become a non-profit and get our own space as this project grows. Our dream is to become a creative reuse center and sell materials to our community.

However, in the early stages we are launching our project by collecting materials and donating them to art classrooms across our region. We believe that this service will allow art teachers to have access to unique materials that will inspire the students to love creative reuse. In addition, they will have more room in their budget to purchase needed supplies.

It is vitally important that we, as community, strive to curb consumption and create earth-friendly sustainable behaviors.

If you or your business is interested in donating materials please e-mail