Nonprofit Profile: The Creation Station


The Creation Station can be easy to miss, nestled below the Impression 5 Science Center in Lansing. But just look for the red door with the yellow star on the north side of the building, and you’ll get to the right place.

This nonprofit organization caters to the green theme of things by collecting odds and ends that would most likely be thrown away and recycling them into works of art. It also functions as a store — encouraging people, especially in kid-friendly professions, to purchase some of the “trash” and transform them into “treasures.”

Chairperson of The Creation Station, Maxine Budzynski, has been a part of the organization for the past 10 years.

“I was looking for something that would serve as a volunteer outlet that matched my interests, something I wanted to be a part of,” said Budzynski.

Leanne Meyer, previous chairperson, is one of the founders of the Creation Station. According to Budzynski, Meyer had worked for the U.S. Postal Service and saw just how much material was being put into landfills. She decided that there could be a better use for the materials and aided in the development of this nonprofit.

“It’s based on other places that use leftovers for educational purposes,” said Budzynski, referring to The Scrap Box in Ann Arbor and The Recycle Shop at the Boston Children’s Museum.

Volunteer Kathy Chvojka enjoys donating her time to The Creation Station because she likes recycling and is an artist as well.

“We try to take things that would normally get thrown away,” said Chvojka. “People are excited this is here.”

Barrels of laundry detergent caps, tubs of wallpaper scraps, corks and other items can be found throughout the store. These items are donated and sold in bulk with bags costing $2, $3 or $5 per bag. Some items are sold individually as well.

Many of these materials are used at free workshops for kids on site, where they are invited to create art projects. For example, kids have made pin cushions by using a laundry detergent cap, fabric scraps and batting caps; bracelets out of wrapping paper scraps; kaleidoscopes out of Pringles cans; picture frames out of popsicle sticks and more.

“This place is good for the environment, there’s a lot kids can have a fun time with, and it’s still easy on the pocket book,” said Budzynski.

The hours for The Creation Station are Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They have two to four workshops per month, and drop-ins are welcome. Everything in the store has been donated by community members looking to minimize waste. For a complete list of items they accept visit its Web site. They are always in need of volunteers for other festivities in Lansing they partake in as well.

Tags: creation station, junk, junk art, leanne meyer, maxine budzynski, nonprofit lansing, recycling art, reuse

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