Each year, Open House New York works with the talented designers at PS New York to create a special cover image for the Open House New York Weekend Event Guide that connects OHNY with the living city. This year’s cover is inspired by Getting to Zero, Open House New York’s yearlong series about New York City’s waste system, and by the principles of creative reuse, which uses creativity to transform what might otherwise be trash into works of art.

New York is lucky to have one of the leading creative reuse centers in the country at Materials for the Arts, a nonprofit organization in Queens run by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs with support from the Departments of Sanitation and Education. MFTA collects a wide variety of unneeded, reusable items from businesses and individuals and then makes those items available for free to arts organizations, artists, and schools, diverting more than a million pounds of material from landfills each year.

For this year’s cover, OHNY collaborated with artist Juan Hinojosa, a recent artist-in-residence at MFTA who transforms trash, discarded items, and found objects into works of art. Using paper, objects, and other material found at MFTA, Juan created the work seen on this year’s cover, which was then captured in MFTA’s warehouse by photographer Mikiko Kikuyama. In the true spirit of reuse, much of what you see on the cover was returned to the shelves for future use by other organizations and artists.

For more information about MFTA, visit mfta.org. To see more of Juan’s work, visit his website juanhinojosa.com or follow him on Instagram at juan_hinojosa_.

Tour the cover! Want to see Juan’s artwork and explore the Materials for the Arts warehouse? Materials for the Arts will be open for tours during OHNY Weekend. Stay tuned for more information.

Mark your calendars. The 2017 OHNY Weekend Event Guide will be publicly available on October 4: As an insert in the October 4 issue of Time Out New York, available at all TONY street distribution locations; at all west elm stores in New York City; as a free download on www.ohny.org; and at select sites in all five boroughs. More details to be announced.