Community Art & Events
Community art projects and events are a great way for everyone to connect, engage, and get creative! MakerSphere partners with other local organizations and schools to bring art opportunities and fun to everyone. Participation in projects and events includes the Annual River of Light Lantern Parade, Valentine card gazebo, Waterbury Arts Fest and more.
MakerSphere Joins Waterbury Winterfest
Kids big and small enjoyed participating in a fun MakerSphere activity which was held as part of the Waterbury Winterfest events. The event, held on February 5th, gave families the opportunity to play a fun life-sized version of the classic Candyland game! The giant “game board” was created by MakerSphere artists. The activity, sponsored by Cold Hollow Cider Mill, Laughing Moon Chocolates, Lake Champlain Chocolates, and Ben & Jerry’s, included some sweet treat prizes that were an especially fun part of the game.
Enjoy these two time-lapsed videos that show MakerSphere artists creating the life-sized version of the popular Candyland game! Photos of the event can also be seen below.
Thank you to all who participated!
A River of Light Lantern Parade
The rain held off and the annual River of Light Lantern Parade hit the streets of Waterbury once again on December 3rd. The crowds enjoyed the variety of lanterns with many creatively expressing the parade theme which was "Marvelous Magic". Thank you to everyone who made this event possible including the organizers, volunteers, lantern makers, MakerSphere's teaching artists, and sponsors which included: Waterbury Winterfest, Billings Mobil, the Alchemist, Ben & Jerry's, and Harwood Unified Union School District.
Check out some great photos by Gordon Miller here.
Visit the River of Light Lantern Parade website at: ariveroflightinwaterbury.org
Waterbury Arts Fest 2022
At this year's Waterbury Arts Fest, MakerSphere hosted the art making tent. What was billed as activities for kids, became activities for all. Revitalizing Waterbury provided a large tented area that allowed enough room for families to sit in the shade while kids (and often the adults) were engaged in art making. This year brought the ever popular pottery wheel led by master potter, Mame McKee. The line to try the wheel lasted all day long. Other activities included making paper airplanes, decorating crowns (provided by RW), giant bubble wands and many took to using markers and crayons for simply sitting and drawing.
We love providing a place for people to gather and create art. And we realized this year that it's not just for kids. It really is for people of all ages to enjoy time together, learn something new, and connect. We look forward to next year's event and more creating in the community!