Evjue Foundation Awards $10,000 Grant to Library for 2017 Maker Corps Programming
Youth throughout the city of Madison and all who visit Madison Public Library's nine locations will gain access to Maker Ed's Maker Corps programming in 2017 thanks to a $10,000 grant from The Evjue Foundation, the charitable arm of The Capital Times.
Maker Corps is an online professional development program that provides training and a community of support to youth-serving organizations as they design and implement summer maker education programming. Maker Corps programming at Madison Public Library is part of the Bubbler, a library program for learning, making and sharing. The Bubbler presents hands-on pop-up workshops led by local experts who share their talents and physical resources.
What's unique about the Bubbler's Maker Corps programming is it prioritizes people over projects, providing a platform for local artists to share their skills and collaborate with youth to help them create and learn. Projects include screenprinting, puppet-making, arts projects that intersect with science and technology, and much more.
Madison Public Library Youth Services Librarian Rebecca Millerjohn, who coordinates Maker Corps programming on behalf of the library, said Maker Ed provided the funds for the library to run Maker Corps programming last year. The library was able to hire two part-time community teaching artists as LTE staff to run hands-on, creative programming at all nine libraries last summer and at three MSCR Safe Haven School sites. The library was able to extend the programming into the fall with money from a donation from American Family Children's Hospital to do programming at Leopold and Mendota elementary schools, and at Allied Drive Learning Center. The goal is to extend programming whenever possible to at-risk and underprivileged youth who may face barriers to visiting the library.
"The Evjue grant will help us continue that programming this spring in a revised form, and again fund LTE employees for maker pop-up programming in the libraries and at MSCR Safe Haven sites again this summer," Millerjohn said.
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"Evjue is happy to support the expansion of a program that bolsters literacy and creative learning in targeted areas of Madison," said Capital Times Editor and Executive Publisher Paul Fanlund, also an Evjue Foundation Board of Directors member. "It is a perfect fit for our mission."