Pittsburgh, PA –
Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse (PCCR) celebrates a season of change this fall as it welcomes Breen Masciotra as Executive Director and settles into its new 4,000 square foot retail center located at 214 North Lexington Avenue in North Point Breeze. PCCR is an environmental and arts-focused nonprofit organization that promotes resource conservation, creativity, and community engagement through material reuse.
Ms. Masciotra’s main focus will be to guide the organization as it expands its programming over the coming months. She replaces the organization’s founder and first Executive Director, Faye Miller, who is moving on. Ms. Masciotra is looking forward to the challenge.
“I’m honored to have this opportunity to refine and grow the activities of the Pittsburgh Center for Reuse as we continue to develop our programming and fill our new retail space. I have some well-loved shoes to fill and I hope to honor Faye’s work as the organization evolves.”
Ms. Masciotra has seven years of experience working with and for nonprofit organizations, with a focus on community engagement and operations management. She is a Pittsburgh native and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Pittsburgh.
Since its founding, Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse has collected discarded materials such as medical surplus, fabric scraps, and trophy parts from more than 95 organizations and many more individuals in the Pittsburgh area. With these materials, PCCR has conducted more than 75 hands-on creative arts programs to-date in 45 venues, ranging from libraries and community days to the Three Rivers Arts Festival, where it was the ‘anchor’ activity in the Family Festival section for four consecutive years. Through these programs, thousands of people have enjoyed, explored and made use of materials that would otherwise have been thrown away.
Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse has relocated from its humble beginnings in a loft high above Construction Junction’s main sales floor. The expansion allows PCCR to showcase more reusable items available for sale to the public and provides the opportunity for on-site workshops. A wide variety of reusable materials can be purchased in the retail center from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., daily excluding Monday. PCCR also provides hands-on creative activities at public and private events; more information can be found at www.pccr.org. For more information or to donate materials and volunteer time, please call 412-473-0100.