Community Art Projects

Community projects are a great way for everyone to get creative! MakerSphere partners with other local organizations and schools to bring art opportunities and fun to everyone. Participation in projects and events include the Annual River of Light Lantern Parade, Valentine card gazebo, Waterbury Arts Fest and more.

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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. RW 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. It's been a long two plus years living with this pandemic and it was refreshing to be out in a crowd with smiling faces eager to participate in this day.

 

We look forward to partnering with RW again next year to host what we'd like to name the  _??_ art tent? Art for All? Art Area? MakerSphere - What will you make?

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Makers of all ages enjoyed
creating at Arts Fest!

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Facing the Pandemic;
A Covid Mask Art Project


Thank you to all the community members who participated in the mask art project!

This project was designed as a way to allow people to express their viewpoint and the emotions they experienced while living through the Covid-19 global pandemic. 

The project began on August 20th with a talk by Mame McKee, Sarah-Lee Terrat, and MK Monley about setting up the “After Irene - Floodgates Art Project” 9 years ago as a response to Tropical Storm Irene. Inspired by that exhibition, they created an opportunity for a community art project in which participants decorated masks as part of one large exhibit.

The masks were first displayed  in the Stowe Street alley over the August 28 weekend and again during the Waterbury Arts Fest, September 10th and 11th. This project was organized by MakerSphere with support from Revitalizing Waterbury.

Check out some of the mask photos on our Facebook page.