The Foundry - Operation Cool Down 2020

Hurrah! The Foundry has started the re-opening process at last. Our priority as we re-open is first and foremost related to our core mission- to support our maker businesses and youth education programsNext week, we will have youth back on-site in a day program for four weeks. Primarily working outdoors, learning computer assisted design and making wayfinding signs for community groups. And of course our small business tenants are back and working in their spaces. 

Anyone who has visited The Foundry during the "dog days" of a WNY Summer knows that within our doors, it is hot, hot, HOT! This year, more than ever due to the shutdown during COVID-19, we need YOUR help to help us keep everyone comfortable and safe.


The estimated cost to complete our air-conditioning system and purchase large exhaust fans is $10,000. 

TODAY on 716 Day we're asking if YOU can help us cool down by making a recurring monthly donation of $7.16. (approx. $86 total.) Or a one-time donation of $71.60.

Every single donation towards Operation Cool Down 2020 will go directly towards making the Foundry a better place to learn and build and grow. (And much less sweatier and a better place to work!) Will you help us reach our goal? Click here to make a donation.

Thank you for your support.

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The Foundry: Reopening Plan

In accordance with NYS law, The Foundry has new health and safety policies to keep the community safe. In re-opening, we are prioritizing our core mission to support maker businesses and youth education first, followed by adult classes and other events that make The Foundry a fun place to be.

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To the WNY Community: A statement about recent events

The Foundry is a makerspace and business incubator, a place of possibility. If you have a dream, we can help with the skills, tools or space to realize it. The Foundry works because it is a place where people of all backgrounds -- young, old, black, brown or white -- can come together to become entrepreneurs and makers. With that said, we felt it important to take a stand along with so many others to denounce the senseless murder of George Floyd and countless others.

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We Miss You!

While the Foundry staff is hard at work (at home) we miss YOU walking through our doors. Students, small business tenants, WNY YouthBuild, instructors & adult class participants, volunteers, makerspace members - each and everyone of you supports our mission and makes The Foundry a unique community in WNY for learning and entrepreneurship.

Thank you!

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Students + Maker Businesses at The Foundry

We recently shared a video update from The Foundry's advanced manufacturing program. This week, some photos!

ED Megan McNally learns the cricut  Window decals cut using different materials  Window decals designed by different students

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On-going Programming at The Foundry and How You Can Help

Have you heard the exciting news? The Foundry's advanced manufacturing program continues learning online!

Click to hear an update from advanced manufacturing student, Lakeema.

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Learning Continues and Care Packages from The Foundry

Though our adult classes and after school STEAM sessions are currently suspended at The Foundry due to the pandemic, we are so excited to share that our advanced manufacturing training continues learning offsite!

Advanced Manufacturing Training - Continues Learning Remotely!

Click on the image below to watch an update from our Executive Director.

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The Foundry's Response to Coronavirus

The Foundry's Board of Directors and Staff work hard to make sure The Foundry is a welcoming space for everyone to explore making and entrepreneurship. It is with heavy, but determined hearts that we make necessary difficult decisions in alignment with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Erie County Department of Health in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus locally.

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