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Foundry Opening Celebration

Join us for the Foundry’s Opening Celebration!

Date Saturday October 8 - Monday October 10
Time Sat: 10 am-8 pm, Sun: 11 am-6 pm, Mon: 10 am-8 pm
Location The Foundry, 101 Rogers St., Cambridge
Kick-off Ceremony: October 8 at 11 am

Scroll down for the three-day agenda! This will be updated in the days leading up to the event.

Come celebrate at The Foundry on October 8-10. We’ll have a whole weekend of activities for all ages and interests.

Volunteers! If you’re interested in volunteering at our celebration, please fill out this form and select “Oct. 8-10: Opening Celebration Weekend” under “when would you like to volunteer?”

Before you forget, add our celebration to your calendar!

Join a walking group to The Foundry!

Join your neighbors and walk to the Foundry to celebrate the opening on Saturday, October 8!

Route 1: Inman Square
Fire Department at 1384 Cambridge St. | 10:15 am

Route 2: Cambridgeport
Dana Square Park at 70 Magazine St. | 10:00 am

Route 3: Porter Square/Harvard Square
Lesley University Lunder Art Center at 1801 Mass. Ave. | 10:15 am

Route 4: Cambridge Crossing
REI at 181 Morgan Ave. | 10:15 am

Route 5: East Cambridge/Wellington-Harrington
Kennedy-Longfellow School, 158 Spring St. | 10:30 am

Agenda

Saturday, October 8

Foundry Timeline Project

All Day (10:00 - 8:00)

The Point

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Come and add memories to the Foundry Timeline. We are making an archive of the history of the building and would love community input.

Community Art Making

All Day (10:00 - 8:00)

Shop 12

Breakfast Social

10:00 - 11:00

Outside

Kick-off Ceremony

11:00 - 12:00

Outside

Info Tables

12:00 - 6:00

Outside

Vendor Fair

12:00 - 6:00

Community Hall

Maker Space Tour

12:00 - 1:00

Shops 7, 8, 9 & 10

Agile Mind Intuitive Drawing Workshop

12:00 - 1:00

Shop 6

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In this workshop for students of all ages and levels, we use pencils, charcoal, crayon, scissors, and more to tap into our agile mind. Guided by words, phrases, poems, and prose drawn from multicultural sources, this class unfolds in a series of short prompted drawing sessions that encourage intuitive and improvisational mark making.

Wen-hao Tien, MPH, MFA is an artist and educator living in Cambridge, MA. Her studio practice is rooted in language and cross-cultural observations. She notices what many do not see, and her multi- disciplinary work, as well as her collaborative work, brings out narratives of our changing societies, and life-in-flux.

Line Dance Lessons

12:00 - 1:30

Shop 11

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The New England Soul Line Dance Network believes Soul Line Dancing is empowering, evolving, and inspiring. With a mission to uplift the community by sharing the love of line dancing across the Greater Boston and New England area, the network hosts regular workshops, classes, and socials.

Bachata Level 1

12:00 - 1:30

Performance Space

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The New England Soul Line Dance Network believes Soul Line Dancing is empowering, evolving, and inspiring. With a mission to uplift the community by sharing the love of line dancing across the Greater Boston and New England area, the network hosts regular workshops, classes, and socials.

Floating Wetlands Art

12:00 - 2:00

Shop 12

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Join the Charles River Conservancy and build your own floating wetland structure from craft materials! Show off your engineering skills and test your wetland’s floating ability!

Face painting

12:00 - 3:00

Shop 4

Jukebox Artist Talk

1:00 - 2:00

Shop 6

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Jukebox is a permanent public art project located at The Foundry and commissioned by the City of Cambridge under its Percent-for-Art Ordinance. This participatory public art project is dedicated to creating a center point for gathering, listening, and sharing our stories. Join Jukebox Artist Creator Elisa Hamilton for a conversation about the project, and a shared listening session featuring selections from some of the Jukebox stories.

Haiku Activity

1:00 - 3:00

Outside

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Compose fall-focused haikus to put together as leaves on a community tree.

Solo Blues Dance Lesson

1:30 - 3:00

Shop 11

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The same great music and style as partnered blues dance, but working on your own moves!

Latin Fusion

1:30 - 3:00

Performance Space

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Learn the basics of a variety of Latin dance styles with Lumyr!

Agile Mind Intuitive Drawing Workshop

2:00 - 3:00

Shop 12

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In this workshop for students of all ages and levels, we use pencils, charcoal, crayon, scissors, and more to tap into our agile mind. Guided by words, phrases, poems, and prose drawn from multicultural sources, this class unfolds in a series of short prompted drawing sessions that encourage intuitive and improvisational mark making.

Wen-hao Tien, MPH, MFA is an artist and educator living in Cambridge, MA. Her studio practice is rooted in language and cross-cultural observations. She notices what many do not see, and her multi- disciplinary work, as well as her collaborative work, brings out narratives of our changing societies, and life-in-flux.

Intro to STEAM Workshop

2:00 - 3:00

Shop 7

Agile Mind Intuitive Drawing Workshop

2:00 - 3:00

Shop 12

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In this workshop for students of all ages and levels, we use pencils, charcoal, crayon, scissors, and more to tap into our agile mind. Guided by words, phrases, poems, and prose drawn from multicultural sources, this class unfolds in a series of short prompted drawing sessions that encourage intuitive and improvisational mark making.

Wen-hao Tien, MPH, MFA is an artist and educator living in Cambridge, MA. Her studio practice is rooted in language and cross-cultural observations. She notices what many do not see, and her multi- disciplinary work, as well as her collaborative work, brings out narratives of our changing societies, and life-in-flux.

Intro to STEAM Workshop

2:00 - 3:00

Shop 7

Live Music

3:00 - 4:00

Shop 6

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Faisal and Emily are a husband and wife duo who perform covers of a wide range of musical genres.

Intro to Vernacular Jazz

3:00 - 4:30

Shop 11

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In this class you will explore the basic movements and rhythms of Vernacular Jazz, a collection of dances created in the African-American communities during the late 1800’s through mid 1900’s, to jazz and swing music. The term Vernacular Jazz or Authentic Jazz Dancing is used as a way to distinguish itself from the modern dancing and Ballet-connected “modern” jazz dance movement that started more and more to take over the term ‘jazz dance’.

Intro to Partners Blues Dance

3:00 - 4:30

Performance Space

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You’ve probably heard of blues music, but have you heard of blues dancing? Going by names like slow drag, funky butt, and fishtail, there’s a whole family of blues dances that grew up alongside the music. Get a taste of the blues with this class open to all levels!

Intro to Fiber Arts Workshop

3:30 - 4:30

Shop 8

Storytime in Chinese

4:00 - 5:00

The Point

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Chinese children’s books for free borrowing along with a Chinese story time hosted by the Chinese American Association of Cambridge.

Lindy Hop

4:30 - 6:00

Performance Space

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This class presents a systematic introduction to the fundamentals of goofing off with a partner while enjoying swing music. 4-count, 6-count, and 8-count patterns will be yours to play with by the end of it.

Fusion - The Dance You Can't Do Wrong

4:30 - 6:00

Shop 11

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Fusion is the blending of any dance styles. Come enjoy your own style mixing and evolving with the community - you can't go wrong.

Intro to Metal Arts Workshop

5:00 - 6:00

Shop 9

Afro-Indio Music & Dance

6:00 - 8:00

Performance Space

Sunday, October 9

Foundry Timeline Project

All Day (11:00 - 6:00)

The Point

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Come and add memories to the Foundry Timeline. We are making an archive of the history of the building and would love community input.

Community Art Making

All Day (11:00 - 6:00)

Shop 12

Info Tables

11:00 - 4:00

Outside

Vendor Fair

11:00 - 4:00

Community Hall

Biomimicry: the inventive side of nature

11:00 - 1:00

Shop 7

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Join Lemelson-MIT in a hands-on workshop to learn about biomimicry and the amazing technologies that result from looking, and learning, from the natural world. Conquer the biomimicry invention mastering challenge, test out different glider designs inspired by the wings of different animals, and explore the relationship between nature and technology.

Creative Dance for Kids

12:00 - 1:00

Shop 11

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Creative Dance for Kids introduces young children to the art of dance using patterns, movement words, music and storytelling. Haitian Folkloric rhythms and movements are woven into the class in a child-friendly fashion. During class, the students explore a different theme from social justice topics through age-appropriate literature, conversation, and movement. Past and future themes include kindness, acceptance, noticing and appreciating differences, identity, standing up against injustice, and love.

African Dance

1:00 - 2:00

Shop 11

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In this hour-long class, you will get a great cardio warm-up through African dance movements and be guided through a series of stretches and strength-building exercises. Class will finish with a combination for all to learn and dance together. Dancers of all backgrounds and experience levels are welcome!

Community Theatre

1:00 - 4:00

Performance Space

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The Queer Theatre Project brings you a day of community theatre! Together, we will cast and direct a series of short scenes where everyone can play a role. Come be an actor, a director, a prop maker, or anything else you can imagine; all hands on deck! Then, after a short bout of rehearsal, we will put on a show!

Gentle Community Yoga

2:00 - 3:00

Shop 11

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Gentle Community Flow: This vinyasa based yoga asana practice will offer each participant the opportunity to move to the gentle beat of their breath while they open, extend and release the mind, body and spirit. Led by Kristin Wagner of The Click, the class will have the fluid cadence of a dance and the gentle calm of a yoga class. Please bring a mat, a towel, and water.

Exhale

3:15 - 4:30

Shop 11

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"Exhale with The Click” is a mindful movement series designed for all bodies and movers. Pulling from The Click's collective experiences as somatic practitioners and contemporary dancers, the class will offer rest for the mind, release for the body, and an opportunity to connect the two through a combination of guided improvisations, center technique combinations, and community-built micro-choreographies. It is recommended to go barefoot or wear cotton socks. Please bring water.

Biomimicry: the inventive side of nature

3:00 - 5:00

Shop 7

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Join Lemelson-MIT in a hands-on workshop to learn about biomimicry and the amazing technologies that result from looking, and learning, from the natural world. Conquer the biomimicry invention mastering challenge, test out different glider designs inspired by the wings of different animals, and explore the relationship between nature and technology.

Monday, October 10

Foundry Timeline Project

All Day (10:00 - 8:00)

The Point

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Come and add memories to the Foundry Timeline. We are making an archive of the history of the building and would love community input.

Community Art Making

All Day (10:00 - 8:00)

Shop 12

Meet The Foundry Team

All Day (10:00 - 8:00)

Community Hall

Slow Flow Gentle Yoga + Sound Bath

11:00 - 12:00

Shop 11

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This class welcomes all to move mindfully through a sequence that is suitable for anyone hoping to restore their bodies and unite their bodies and their breathing. Please bring a mat if you have one, and check out Marlene on Instagram

Community Conversation

12:30 - 2:30

Shop 6

Maker Space Tour

3:00 - 4:00

Shops 7, 8, 9 & 10

African Dance

5:30 - 6:30

Shop 11

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In this hour-long class, you will get a great cardio warm-up through African dance movements and be guided through a series of stretches and strength-building exercises. Class will finish with a combination for all to learn and dance together. Dancers of all backgrounds and experience levels are welcome!

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Collection of construction paper art on a table.
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Five people doing handstands in the dance studio.

About The Foundry

The Foundry addresses the problems of financial and spacial inequities affecting artists and other makers by providing access to specialized space and equipment for hands-on creation. Offering maker spaces, multi-purpose rooms, a dance studio, art studio, performance space, and demonstration kitchen, The Foundry brings STEM and the Arts under one roof for the Cambridge community with its spaces available for reservation and public programming.

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