Inaugural General Meeting

This week 65 enthusiastic makers attended our first ever Special General Meeting!

 

The directors delivered the state of the union, outlining how far we’ve come and where we need to go from here.
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One of the goals of the meeting was to bring new people into YuKonstruct, so we were thrilled to see lots of new faces and sign up 6 new members! Two new directors were also elected; welcome and thank you Lisa and Seamus!

After a quick break for pizza, there was a ‘big ideas’ brainstorming session. We generated, as one participant said, “a galaxy of cool ideas!”   John, one of the directors, described the night as a watershed moment in our evolution.

Now what?
All the ideas from the brainstorming session are currently on the whiteboard.  Come check ’em out!  Next week the directors and core team will start figuring out the next steps towards bringing some of those ideas to life.

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We’re Officially Open!

On September 16th we officially opened our doors. Thank you to all those who came out to help us celebrate! We were thrilled with the level of support from the community. Our yard was packed with enthusiastic makers who helped us put together the mystery community art project: a YuKonstruct sign for our shop.

Just like the puzzle pieces that form the finished sign, opening this makerspace would not have been possible without the many contributions we’ve received from generous donors and sponsors.

So what now?

Being officially open means we are now accepting members. Our membership rates can be found here: Cospace & Makespace

If you’re curious about the space you can always stop by on any of our open house days – Tuesdays at 7pm. Here you can get a tour of our space, check out the projects we’re working on, and learn about the awesome upcoming workshops.

 

YuKonstruct’s First Build Night – LEDs

Thank you to everyone who made YuKonstruct’s first build night a huge success!

We don’t officially open our doors for memberships until September but we’re excited to have already hosted some great events. This week we had over 60 people, of all ages, in our makerspace for the Instructables LED Build Night.

We had 3 different project kits prepared for people to make:

The step-by-step instructions for all three projects are available on Instructables.com if you’d like to make them at home. Check out YuKonstruct’s Instructables profile: http://www.instructables.com/member/YuKonstruct/

In addition to the project kits, we also had a table set up for kids to play with squishy circuits (conductive play dough), and lots of extra LEDs and craft materials for people to experiment with. Everyone left with a smile, some new knowledge about LEDs and of course, the project they built themselves. We’re extremely grateful to Instructables for sending us the LEDs that made it possible.

We’re already looking forward to our next build night in September!
But before then, there’s our Grand Ribbon Cutting Event happening Tuesday September 16, 2014 from 6-9pm. Mark it in your calendars!

Make it Late! YuKonstruct open all night for Nuit Blanche

Join us for Breakdancing, graffiti and films at YuKonstruct on July 5 from 7 PM to 7 AM on July 6 at 135 Industrial Road.

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Whitehorse Nuit Blanche is an exciting all night contemporary art show that will include art installations, performances and feasts across the city of Whitehorse on July 5 from 7pm – 7am. In a celebration of our local artists YuKonstruct will be an official venue for this free action-packed 12-hour night of fun. We will host the Koovy and the Groundwork Sessions Crew who will be performing their award winning breakdancing routines as well as conducting workshops, performances, talks and films on breaking culture. From improvisation to developing routines and new moves, dancers will create and evolve with the audience.

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Since we are still working on building the space at 135 Industrial Road we have the ability to host such a unique event in our workshop before it’s all ready for our makers. So come on down and dance all night with us! If you need some help staying up, Midnight Sun Coffee is close by, and open all night too!

LATE-NIGHT HIGHLIGHTS

8:00 pm – 9:30 pm – Workshop & Dance

10:00 pm – midnight – Film screening and Q&A with artists

Between 1:00 am – 5:00 am, Ali Khoda will be creating a live graffiti piece for our workshop

3:00 am – 4:00 am – Live dance show!

4:00 am – 5:00am – Screening from a recent Calgary battle

About the Artists of the Groundwork Sessions Crew:

Meet dancers Kevin McLachlan (aka Koovy), Emile St. Pierre,  Alex Robinson, Ben Robinson, and George Rivard for a dynamic evening of high intensity fun in the form of a breaking performance and introductory workshop.

Kevin McLachlan (aka Koovy),  and Emile St. Pierre have been training and performing together for the last four years. The local grade 12 students have done numerous shows throughout town, including Leaping Feats Dancing Through Life, Winterval, Arts in The Park and more. They performed as part of the Yukon’s Cultural Contingent at the 2014 Arctic Winter Games in Fairbanks, Alaska, creating a collaborative piece with four other dancers.

Cost:

FREE!