First Friday Foundry News - February Edition

Greetings Foundry Family!
 
It's been quite a while since sending out one of these updates (in the before times they went out weekly with scheduling information) but for now I plan to send one wrap up a month just to keep everyone in the loop. 
 
WHICH MEANS if you have something to share - let me know! I have sent most of the information below to various people on this list but here it is in one place. 
 
REMINDER to those coming into The Foundry - keep on signing in everytime you are in the building - and please remember to wear your mask(s) in the public spaces. 
 
STAY SAFE. STAY WARM. STAY HOME (at least this weekend if you are getting snowed in!)
Onward!
Jennifer 😷
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Press Release: The Foundry Receives $100k Grant for FoundryMade

Buffalo’s makerspace and business incubator excited to expand programming for young adults 


BUFFALO, NY –  The Foundry will be receiving a grant from the First Niagara Foundation in partnership with KeyBank to expand workforce development opportunities through the launch of a social enterprise, FoundryMade.


FoundryMade is an expansion of The Foundry’s current workforce training program which provides young adults ages 18-25 with employable skills in computer-assisted design and manufacturing. The social enterprise will further utilize The Foundry’s on-site makerspaces to produce and sell items, providing students with paid opportunities to practice the skillsets they’ve developed. Students will get a chance to experience what it takes to run a successful enterprise and learn about viable career options in manufacturing, making, and entrepreneurship.

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We're looking for a few amazing 10th & 11th graders to join us at The Foundry this Spring!

Can you help us spread the word? Please forward to anyone you think might be interested in learning more about the business of making! This program is offered FREE of charge for students enrolled thanks to the generous support of the Ciminelli Real Estate Corporation.

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Can You See It? The End of 2020!

Can you see it? It's the end of 2020 - hooray! In spite of the pandemic, youth and adults continued to discover making and entrepreneurship at The Foundry this year. And that only happened because of your generosity and your belief in The Foundry's mission.

Your financial support today guarantees that The Foundry remains a place of inspiration, innovation and opportunity during (and after!) the pandemic. Click here to make an end of year donation!

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Shop for One-of-a-Kind Gifts - Made by Our Youth Entrepreneurs

We are so excited to share two handmade items created by students in our Youth Entrepreneurship Program (sponsored by Ciminelli Real Estate Corporation)

These *exclusive* necklaces and bracelets can be found online at our Holiday Market. Prices include shipping & handling.
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Our Online Auction is LIVE! Register Now to Win a Custom Halloween Garden Stake (Value $75)

Last night we held our very first VIRTUAL Bid to Build fundraising event. While it was definitely different, it was so much fun to engage with YOU AT HOME building maker kits together. And it was especially nice to see familiar friendly faces we miss seeing at The Foundry. Thank you for joining us!

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Last Call for Bid to Build Tickets!

Last call for tickets to Bid to Build - Thursday, October 1st. Though it's virtual this year, we're doing a live Zoom session building a maker kit together which will be sent to participants along with a swag bag with items from our sponsors. We're also giving away samples from one of our youth entrepreneurs!

Plus, it all goes to a good cause...  
Thank you for your support!

If you're interested, tickets are on sale through Monday, September 21st.
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Foundry Findings - Workshops and More

Hello hello!
Here's a few bits of information I wanted to pass along to everyone. 
Don't forget to join us for our Facebook Live in the Woodshop with Knotty Moose Studio TOMORROW at 7pm!
WEAR YOUR MASKS!
-Jennifer 😷
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Halfway There! One Week Left for Bid to Build Tickets & LIVE Woodshop Demo w/ Knotty Moose Tomorrow Night!

Hello Foundry Friends!

We're halfway to Bid to Build 2020!

Not only does your donation support education and entrepreneurial programs (we are so grateful for your support...) but you also get to build your very own steampunk clock with us!⠀The last day to order is MONDAY - September 21st, don't miss out on the fun. CLICK HERE to reserve your spot today.

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Join Us Tomorrow Night! LIVE Bid to Build Demo in the Textile Lab-7pm

Hello Foundry Friends!

Thank you to everyone who joined us last week for our first Facebook LIVE event with the talented Sarah Fonzi. In case you missed it, you can watch it here.

This Thursday join us to learn more about Crochet Designer & Fiber Artist, Fierra Green, owner of GraFieTi, one our our Foundry Small Business Tenants.

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