There's No Place Like Home

So said Dorothy Gale, famously, in The Wizard of Oz. Nothing could be truer.

No matter the address, from mansion to humble dwelling - urban to rural, it’s more about individuality, determination and soul. In The Art of the Shack, we explore and celebrate the concept of home inspired by the work of American artist Beverly Buchanan (1940-2015) who was influenced by the sharecropper shacks she experienced in the Deep South and the do-it-yourself builders and architects around the globe.

Developed by the S.C.R.A.P. Gallery and the Coachella Valley Art Center, The Art of the Shack showcases work incorporating reused and recycled materials.

We want to see how your shack stacks up? Create a shack and we will exhibit your work at one of these two locations - Shack East at CVAC  in Indio and Shack West at S.C.R.A.P. in Cathedral City.


Student artist submission deadline is June 7, 2019.

Professional artist submission deadline is July 4, 2019

Size limit — no larger than 12” x 12”

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What's On Your Plate?

S.C.R.A.P. Gallery invites artists, students and community groups to take the ubiquitous plate and transform it. How is climate change affecting what we eat now and in the future? How will our global palate change? 

Two and three dimensional work with elements of recycled materials is encouraged. Please contact Karen Riley, for more information about submissions.


Become A Part of Something Big

We are proud to be recognized as a Lead Agency for Youth Service America. As an official organizer of 9/11 Day of Service, MLK Day of Service, and Global Youth Service Day (GYSD), Lead Agencies are responsible for convening partner coalitions of youth development and community-based organizations, K-12 schools, colleges and universities, government agencies, national service programs, and faith-based organizations to activate youth – especially those in underserved communities who are not usually asked to serve. From September through April, Lead Agencies also participate in ongoing capacity-building training via conference calls and webinars, tailored resources, and bi-monthly newsletters.

On the 31st annual Global Youth Service Day in April 2019, Lead Agencies will be completing projects nationwide, covering different topics that will leave a positive impact on their respective communities. S.C.R.A.P. Gallery is planning a variety of projects and events including the Walking For Water 6K at Nellie N. Coffman Middle School and A Whale of A Project at Sunny Sands Elementary School in Cathedral City. These are unique environmental projects that are designed and coordinated by youth. For more information, please contact us. We look forward to your ideas and participation.

Sea Change - The Politics of Plastic 2050

S.C.R.A.P. Gallery is calling visual artists to submit art for the upcoming September 2018 exhibition Sea Change – The Politics of Plastic. According to a report by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, in partnership with the World Economic Forum, by 2050 plastic in the oceans will outweigh fish.

This exhibition seeks work that explores the effects of plastic pollution in our seas and oceans. Artwork must contain plastic waste.

Deadline for submission is August 31, 2018

For more information contact

Chasing Coral Screening on January 27

Please join us at the Mary Pickford Theater in Cathedral City on Saturday, January 27 at 2 p.m. for a free screening of the documentary, Chasing Coral

Chasing Coral taps into the collective will and wisdom of an ad man, a self-proclaimed coral nerd, top-notch camera designers, and renowned marine biologists as they invent the first time-lapse camera to record bleaching events as they happen. Unfortunately, the effort is anything but simple, and the team doggedly battles technical malfunctions and the force of nature in pursuit of their golden fleece: documenting the indisputable and tragic transformation below the waves. With its breathtaking photography, nail-biting suspense, and startling emotion, Chasing Coral is a dramatic revelation that won’t have audiences sitting idle for long.

Following the screening, S.C.R.A.P. Gallery will host a reception for guests to view the exhibit, Against The Current, which features artwork and a "reef" created with recycled and reused materials. The S.C.R.A.P. Gallery is located at 68718 E. Palm Canyon Drive, across from the Mary Pickford Theater.  For more information call 760/861-6479.


It Takes A Reef

Against The Current Exhibit

Coral reefs are one of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet and are home to 25 percent of all marine life.  

Amidst the beauty and wonder, coral reefs around the world are threatened. The biggest threat is us - through human induced climate change and pollution. We can change things. We can do something. Come and see our exhibit, “Against The Current.” Come see why coral reefs matter. 

This exhibit features work by artists from around the world and a reef created by youth from California and Hawaii, made entirely with reused and recycled materials. 

This exhibit runs through February 2018. 


In today's The Desert Sun!

What a shame that the County of Riverside is displacing us after 17 years for the sake of one butterfly exhibit during the Riverside County Fair in February? Forcing us to move is denying hundreds of kids the chance to create art about the environment and learn recycling for our planet EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR. We're looking for a new home if anyone has ideas or space! Thank you!…/04/scrap-gallery-new-h…/29726149/

Photo from The Desert Sun

You have all seen this cup

You have all seen this cup. You will all use at least one this weekend. Save it for the S.C.R.A.P. Gallery for an upcoming installation at the Coachella Valley Art Center.

If the shoe no longer fits

If the shoe no longer fits . . . turn one into art and donate the other for recycling and new shoes for kids in need! Today in San Jacinto with Hemet 4-H.

Rhythm To Read Summer Reading Program

At the Indio Library last night. Making music for the Rhythm To Read Summer Reading Program.

Thank you to all the community leaders who visited the S.C.R.A.P. Gallery last week

A special thank you to all the community leaders who visited the S.C.R.A.P. Gallery last week and showed that they value education and environmental conservation amongst our valley youth. Thank you to: City of Indio Council Member Troy Strange and his family, Miguel Vazquez and Daisy Ramirez of Riverside County Public Health who all shared their time with us. You can help by donating, sharing this post, or contacting us.
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Read all about it! We are honored to be a Lead Agency!

Solar cooking at Sunny Sands today!

Indio Public Library tonight at 6:15

We will be at the Indio Public Library tonight at 6:15. Come join us!

Desert Sun Article "Valley Voice: S.C.R.A.P. Gallery needs aid finding home"

"After bringing purpose to an abandoned hangar in Indio for the past 18 years, adjacent to the Riverside County Fair Grounds, the S.C.R.A.P. Gallery (Student Creative Recycled Art Project) has been handed its walking papers. The organization must now secure a replacement facility suitable for its expansive exhibits that engage and involve hundreds of local kids and families..."

Read Article Here

Yes, it's true. If you have ideas or can help, please contact us at or 760-861-6479

La Quinta Museum, Penguins & Puffins-- Oh my!

We are at the La Quinta Museum for Penguins & Puffins!