The Foundry Announces Fall Lineup of Virtual Maker Demos, to conclude with Annual Bid to Build Fundraiser

The Foundry announced its fall lineup of virtual maker events, leading up to their annual fundraiser, Bid to Build which will be held online this year on Thursday, October 1, from 7-9pm.

Live Online Makerspace Demos - Thursdays in September, 7pm

Every Thursday in September, The Foundry will host free online Facebook Live demonstrations celebrating the entrepreneurs and makers in the WNY community. Learn more about each woman maker - what they create, and how The Foundry helped to inspire their work. Check out The Foundry’s Facebook page for links to each individual event at

  • Sarah Fonzi, artist (Metalshop): 9/3 
  • Fierra Green, owner of Grafieti (Textile lab): 9/10 
  • Viktoria Ciostek, owner of Knotty Moose Studio (Woodshop): 9/17 
  • Amina Boyd, Foundry instructor (Tech lab): 9/24 


Bid to Build - October 1st

On the night of The Foundry’s annual Bid to Build event, they will be conducting a virtual hands-on maker session, celebrating makers and kicking off their online auction.

Step by step, piece by piece, you can join them from the comfort of your own home (while unwinding and drinking a beverage of your choice) to build a wooden steampunk maker clock! All ages are invited to build - little ones, older folks and everyone in between.

Tickets are $50, and includes one maker kit to build together the night of the event & swag bag filled with goodies from our sponsors and supporters. Additional maker kits are available for purchase if you have multiple family members interested in participating. 

In order to ensure the arrival of your maker kit at your home, tickets will be on sale until September 17th and can be purchase at 

Online Auction - October 1st - 10th

After the live Bid to Build event, The Foundry will open their online auction filled with gorgeous handmade items by local artisan makers and various WNY businesses. There's something for everyone - handmade tables, chairs, sculptures, signs, stained glass pieces, lanterns, birdhouses and so much more!

Thank you to the Foundry’s Engineer sponsors: The Barberio Family, Hurwitz & Fine P.C., Lawley, National Fuel, Northwest Bank & Tapecon Inc. for helping to make this event possible.