Beyond the Bubbler

GRANT #4: BEYOND THE BUBBLER

Baview Community Center youth learn with a maker kit, supported by a 75th Anniversary grant from Madison Community Foundation.

Grant Announcement: Thursday, August 17, WISC-TV Live at 4

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Madison Community Foundation along with Madison Public Library and The Bubbler announce Beyond the Bubbler, a major initiative to provide unique learning experiences for youth who attend Madison-area neighborhood and community centers. This is the fourth major grant from Madison Community Foundation’s 75th Anniversary Year of Giving.

Supported by a $55,000 grant from Madison Community Foundation, Beyond the Bubbler will expand Madison Public Library’s unique makerspace program, The Bubbler, to 13 area community centers. One of the Bubbler’s signature program offerings are maker kits and experiences that allow participants to create objects using a variety of different materials—from arts to electronics. The Bubbler staff will work with youth and instructors at each community center to learn about the maker kits and choose what materials and projects they would like to adopt. The maker kits will live permanently at the community centers. In addition to maker kits, the grant will support professional development and training resources, as well as the connections and funds to hire guest artists to lead maker programs. The first Beyond the Bubbler program is launching at the Bayview International Center for Arts and Education, also known as the Bayview Community Center. Additional sites and programming will begin in 2018.

 “We are incredibly grateful to Madison Community Foundation. Their support makes it possible for neighborhood centers and more children to participate in our maker kit and experiences program,” said Rebecca Millerjohn, Youth Services Director, Madison Public Library Sequoya Branch. “The Beyond the Bubbler grant will greatly expand our outreach and provide wonderful learning opportunities for children throughout Dane County.”

The Beyond the Bubbler grant will fund maker kit education and learning experiences at 13 community centers across Dane County.

“Madison Community Foundation’s Beyond the Bubbler expands our magnificent public library offerings to a wider, more diverse audience while building on STEM and other educational programs also funded by MCF at local community centers,” said Madison Community Foundation president Bob Sorge. “Makerspace activities encourage creativity, build confidence, and help prepare our youth for Madison’s burgeoning entrepreneurial economy.”

Alexis London, Executive Director for Bayview, said her team is very excited about the opportunities the new grant will provide for children who participate in classes at the center. “We have been so impressed with The Bubbler program at Madison Public Library. With this Beyond the Bubbler grant, we will be able to help many more children in our community learn in new and interesting ways. We’re also excited about the training opportunities this grant provides and can’t wait to see this program come to life.”

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