RAIR (Recycled Artist In Residency) 

founded in 2010

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About Us

RAIR is a nonprofit organization that builds awareness about sustainability issues through art and design. Situated inside a construction and demolition waste recycling company in northeast Philadelphia, RAIR offers artists studio space and access to more than 350 tons of materials per day. Since 2010, RAIR has provided a unique platform for artists to work at the intersection of art, industry and sustainability, while producing content that challenges perceptions of waste culture.

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Facility

RAIR has access to the over 350 tons of construction demolition waste per day in the yard at Revolution Recovery. A full workshop and private studio spaces are available for the artists in residence. The workshop contains a basic woodworking shop: table saw, band saw, miter saw, sanders etc; hand held power tools: drills, sawzall, jig saw, circular saw, pneumatic nailers etc; some metal working equipment: small MIG welder, angle grinder, vises etc.  Artists also have access to Revolution Recovery's 3.5 acre site to work in during the recycling center's off hours. Some residents may be allowed to utilize the recycling center's equipment (excavators, front end loaders, fork lifts, scissor lift etc) but only with the guided assistance of the RAIR staff.

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RAIR team

Billy Blaise Dufala

DIRECTOR OF RESIDENCIES and
Co-FOUNDER
billy@rairphilly.org
contact for information regarding

  • Artist Residencies
  • Outreach and Education
  • Exhibitions
  • Development

Lucia Thomé

DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL PROJECTS
lucia@rairphilly.org
contact for information regarding 

  • Special Projects
  • RAIR Design
  • Material Sourcing 
  • Marketing

Fern Gookin

CO-FOUNDER
fern@rairphilly.org
contact for information regarding

  • Financials
  • Board of Directors
  • Revolution Recovery