The gallery has received major funding from NSERC PromoScience (National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada),which will allows it to expand its STEAM programming (science, technology, engineering, art and math).
The funding announcement was made at at the Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa. Two Rivers Gallery has been given a grant of $60,000 over three years, for a total of $20,000 each year, allowing us to expand the MakerLab programming. For the last several years MakerLab has hosted Open Make every Thursday from 5-9 p.m. With NSERC’s funding support, starting September 29, Two Rivers Gallery is adding a second session of Open Make every Saturday from 1-4 p.m.
Located in Two Rivers Gallery’s atrium, MakerLab is space to meet, learn, work, create, share and hang out. Community members are invited to use the 3D printer, laser cutter, woodworking tools and more, all under the guidance of dedicated mentors. Makers can bring their own projects to work on, or they can purchase ‘Maker Kits,’ which cover a wide range of activities from button-making to circuit-building, for folks of all ages.
PromoScience funding has made it possible for Two Rivers Gallery to hire a full-time MakerLab Coordinator, Briana Dawson-Sadler, who moved to Prince George from Revelstoke earlier this year. Briana manages all things MakerLab, hosting Open Make, teaching classes and workshops and facilitating Maker programming for schools. This week she is extraordinarily busy spearheading the planning of Mini Maker Faire 2018, a free festival of technology and innovation. This celebration of creativity for people of all ages is on Saturday, Sept 22, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.