MEDIA RELEASE: Official kick-off for Beakerhead …

For Immediate Release / September 16, 2015

MEDIA RELEASE

Official kick-off for Beakerhead
takes place in the world’s largest pop-up gallery

[Calgary, Canada] — The five days of Beakerhead officially get rolling today with the world’s largest pop-up gallery, called a String (Theory) of Incredible Encounters, with a circumference of five kilometres around downtown Calgary.

The series of public art installations is an exploration in creativity at the crossroads of art, science and engineering, and can be seen by touring Calgary’s neighbourhoods, from Inglewood to East Village to Victoria Park, 17th Ave and Kensington. The home base or hub for Beakerhead this year is at Station B (the Beakerhead moniker for installations at Fort Calgary).

Station B is home to two other massive firsts – a 30-foot high version of the arcade claw game, and a 6,400 square foot sandbox – all designed to inspire human ingenuity.

Beakerhead 2015 event will erupt on the streets and venues of Calgary from September 16 to 20, and includes more than 160 collaborators and 60 public events, ranging from theatre where the audience is dining as part of the show to installations where you walk through a human nose. More than 25,000 students will be engaged in Beakerhead through field trips, classroom visits and ingenuity challenges.

“Four years ago, Suncor decided to support Beakerhead because they celebrate and foster learning and collaboration between science, arts and technology in wonderful and innovative ways,” says Gary Bunio, general manager, strategic technology, Suncor. “This incredible event has done just that and shown us that the possibilities are larger than any of us can imagine when you bring together engineers and artists, and unleash the creative talent in both.”

The five-day long event attracts residents and tourists from around the world. Visitors will encounter a number of international debuts, such as a 35-feet tall inflatable artwork named The Fabulist, an interactive light installation called Up Above, So Below, a 10,000 mushroom block installation called In/Flux, and the international premiere of part science, part musical show, called the Rock ‘n Roll History of Space Exploration.

“We are pleased to be a partner of the Beakerhead for a Better World exhibits, celebrating how science, engineering and art can expand our minds, engage our senses, and solve the planet’s most challenging social problems.” Wayne Chiu, Executive Chair of the Trico Charitable Foundation.

To learn more about Beakerhead’s third year line-up, visit Beakerhead.com.

Media Contact:

Michelle Htun-Kay

1-403-971-5180

michelle@beakerhead.com

 

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RELEASE: Suncor pledges three more years of support

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / February 20, 2014

Suncor pledges three more years of support

Beakerhead begins the build to 2014

 

[Calgary, Canada] — The world’s largest new public art, science and engineering spectacle, Beakerhead, announced its 2014 dates this week alongside confirmation of another three years of funding from founding sponsor Suncor Energy.

The second annual Beakerhead will run September 10-14, 2014.

“Two year olds are tricky,” says Jay Ingram, Beakerhead co-founder and one of Canada’s best-known science broadcasters. “They’re unpredictable, they’re full of energy. Well, Beakerhead is now two. We have new, original and spectacular entertainment coming up for 2014. It won’t just intrigue: it will be kind of mind-boggling. But isn’t that what two-year-olds are like?”

In 2013, during the inaugural Beakerhead, sixty-two thousand people were entertained (and educated) through community spectacles.

This massively participatory, citywide spectacle invites local and international artists, engineers, scientists, builders, and makers to create, compete and exhibit interactive works each fall.

“We so often separate the creative from the mathematical or the scientific,” says Mary Anne Moser,

President and co-founder of Beakerhead. “Beakerhead believes that original, inspiring and educational ideas are often a combination of both.”

“Many of us experienced the fun and creativity of Beakerhead’s inaugural year and Suncor is proud to have been a founding corporate supporter of their vision.  We are excited to continue on this journey with them and are pleased to extend our relationship for another three years. Beakerhead is an innovative and creative movement that is redefining Calgary as a place for artists and engineers,” says Cathy Glover, Director, Community Investment at Suncor Energy.

The line-up for Beakerhead 2014 will be released in June.  Beakerhead also operates year-round programs that engage the public in what is known as STEAM education (science technology, engineering, art and math) and is a registered charitable organization.

In its inaugural year, it was funded by the corporate donors as well as the Government of Canada, Government of Alberta and Travel Alberta. The list of 2014 sponsors is growing and will be announced at the program launch event.

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Contact:  Michelle Htun-Kay at 1-403-830-1668 or michelle@beakerhead.com

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