Why We Care

Keeping ALL Waste Reduction in Check

With your support, we have diverted over half of a million pounds of materials from the landfill and connected those materials with students, teachers, and artists who need them. Look at what else you have helped us accomplish:


2018 Overhead Costs

94% of TGCR's funds go back to supporting program costs and getting materials back to people who need them. Only 6% of funds are administrative costs.

Annual Revenue

443% increase in revenue from 2016-2018 / 160% increase in revenue from 2017-2018

The Impact We’ve Already Made


Pounds Diverted from the Landfill in 2018

8% increase


Green Art Galleries in 2018

100% increase


Visitors to Creative Reuse Center in 2018

112% increase


Waste Reduction Programs in 2018

459% increase


After School Programs in 2018

200% increase


Participants in Reuse Workshop in 2018

96% increase

YOUR Support Makes a REAL Difference In REAL People’s Lives

Turnip Green Creative Reuse facilitates 15 KidsCAN after-care programs in underserved schools, offering free admission to over 90% of enrolled students. The Metro Nashville Public School (MNPS) District collected data at Whitsitt Elementary and found there is a direct correlation in the reduction of chronic absenteeism in students enrolled in our kidsCAN programs.

These programs have students excited to attend each day to play, learn, and create art with their classmates and our teaching artists. Reducing absenteeism results in higher test scores and fewer disciplinary issues, and more time learning and having fun with Turnip Green!


Chronic Absence: TGCR After-Care vs. No TGCR After care


Your gifts help us keep materials out of the landfill and get them back to people who need in them in 4 ways:


TGCR hosts recurring after school programs in 14 different MNPS schools. In these programs, students learn about the importance and enjoyment of reuse through creating take-home art projects, science experiments, school installations, and more.


TGCR’s artist marketplace showcases handcrafted arts and crafts from local reuse artists. The constantly evolving inventory of jewelry and other functional art created from reuse supplies make great gifts! 

3:Two Green Galleries

TGCR’s 2 Green Galleries and Artist Marketplace feature hundreds of local reuse artists and a variety of unique artworks created from sustainable materials.

4:Open Studio

TGCR's retail space also features our open studio, complete with all basic art-making supplies! The open studio is free to use for small groups or individuals during our open hours. If you are interested in hosting a private art workshop, birthday party, or other event, contact our Program Manager.