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Art Hazards

Art materials in most types of art media contain many toxic ingredients. Using these products can result in health problems including dermatitis, allergies, silicosis, liver, kidney or eye damage, reproductive harm, cancer and other ailments.

Through informative workshops and no-fault studio visits we

  • work with you to help reduce your risk of harmful exposures,
  • share tips on how to safely handle and dispose of chemical products and wastes, and
  • provide financial assistance to defray the costs of any recommendations we may suggest.

Free Workshops

Calendar of all free workshops.

4Culture | Guest Blogger

Hazardous Materials workshop for Artists (September 17, 2014)
Upcoming Workshops on Hazardous Materials in the Arts + an artist's story (Sept 18, 2013)
Lungs + Learning (Apr 23, 2013)
Living Longer with Safer Ceramics (Mar 19, 2013)
Snorting Spray Adhesives for Minimum Wage (Feb 12, 2013)
Bathtubs, Cyanide & that Beautiful Blue Tone (Jan 2, 2013)
Don't Drink the Turpentine! (Nov 29, 2012)

Art Supplies - Risks and Alternatives

Selecting Safer Art Adhesives (PDF, 881 KB)
Safer Art Products

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Guidelines for the Safe Use of Art and Craft Materials

INFORM - Strategies for a better environment (PDF)

National Library of Medicine - Keeping the Artist Safe: Hazards of Arts and Crafts Materials