We will be at Maker Faire this weekend at the San Mateo County Event Center! We are so happy that these projects will be exhibited:


BRAF-sponsored and fiscally sponsored Civic Arts project Aurora (by Charles Gadeken), is a 32-foot tall metal weeping willow tree sculpture illuminated by roughly 40,000 LED lights. This project will be installed in front of Palo Alto’s City Hall this summer.

Aurora at Burning Man in 2011, photo by James Addison

Aurora at Burning Man in 2011, photo by James Addison

Youth Education Spaceship

BRAF, along with partner organizations Burning Man Project, the Exploratorium, and The Crucible, present the Y.E.S.!

Led by artist Dana Albany, the Youth Education Spaceship (Y.E.S.) project is a collaborative endeavor that involves the construction of a mobile spaceship classroom. The sculpture that will be exhibited at Maker Faire is a mosaic made from found objects and repurposed materials.

Like this mosaic, the innovative curriculum of the project is an assemblage of various elements. Embracing a radically hands-on approach toward learning, the Y.E.S. project has been engaging San Francisco youth in activities that range from metalwork and glass-blowing, to robotics, photography, and video projects. Y.E.S. has also been functioning as an innovative platform for teaching these kids about topics such as environmentalism, solar energy, astronomy, ancient civilizations, and space travel.

In addition to Maker Faire, there are several destination points on this spacecraft’s voyage – The Crucible, the Exploratorium, and finally, Burning Man.

At Maker Faire, visitors will have the opportunity to add to the spacecraft’s interior display by making planets with materials provided on-site. Look for Y.E.S. in the education area (#6).

Some of the young artists working on the Y.E.S. spaceship sculpture.

Some of the young artists working on the Y.E.S. spaceship sculpture.


Also, be sure to look for “BRAFFY Art Seal of Approval” signs posted next to projects we love!

Maker Faire
Saturday, May 18th – Sunday, May 19th 2013
Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

San Mateo County Event Center
1346 Saratoga Dr.
San Mateo, CA 94403

You can also download this smartphone app to help you navigate through the event!

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