RAIR (Recycled Artist In Residency) is a non-profit arts organization uniquely situated within a construction and demolition recycling center in Northeast Philadelphia.
RAIR’s residency program provides artists on-site access to recovered materials and a studio space to produce work. The RAIR workspace includes a large project space, wood shop equipment, metal working facilities, access to the waste stream for materials, and a material storage area. Each artist has attentive support from RAIR’s staff, who act as liaisons between the artist and the recycling facility.
Collaborating with community groups, art institutions and waste industry partners, RAIR has extended its reach far beyond its resident artists through Special Projects including recycling facility tours, class presentations, public events and exhibitions that illuminate the connections between art, industry and sustainability. RAIR offers assistance with the material sourcing, planning, design, and fabrication involved in a range of cross-disciplinary projects, and works with collaborators to maximize the creative potential of waste materials.
Dina Wind (1938-2014) was a trailblazing artist and arts advocate whose bold, abstract sculptures challenged stereotypes and embraced sustainability. Inspired by her legacy, the Dina Wind Art Foundation empowers women artists, builds community, and supports arts education.