Wide Open Wednesdays(WOW) is a series of free public workshops related to both digital media and traditional crafts. Working with community organizations such as Maker Kids, Golden Horseshoe Green Tech, Story Planet, Collage Collective and the Toronto Guild of Spinners and Weavers, Wide Open Wednesdays will celebrate the GTA’s dynamic maker culture and promote its key principles of openness, sustainability, and self sufficiency.

MakerKids, a non-profit organization offering workshops for kids to develop skills in electronics, woodworking, sewing, crafting, hacking, tinkering and making of all kinds, will be facilitating a 3D printing workshop on September 25 from 5-9 pm. Collage Collective, a group of artists, creative collaborators, and friends who gather at different cultural venues and events around Toronto to show and make collage, will also be hosting an Open Studio at the Museum that night.

Objects made during the 3D printing workshop and other featured workshops during the series will be included in our participatory exhibition The Imaginary Museum. The Imaginary Museum is a whimsical open source collection of historical artifacts, acknowledging the fact that new forms of making like crowd-sourcing and 3D printing have transformed our collective “memory bank.” Both the exhibition and the workshops will provide new approaches to worlds of knowledge and shaping cultural histories.

Wide Open Wednesdays are free to all through the support of Mozilla, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, and Hive Toronto. Hive Toronto is a city-wide lab of educators, designers, scientists, technologists and other youth development experts who collaborate to develop innovative and informal learning experiences for youth.

Produced by the Textile Museum of Canada, Wide Open Wednesdays illustrates this approach to informal, interdisciplinary learning and supports co-creative and intergenerational participation.

Lead Organization:
Textile Museum of Canada

Project Goal:
Offer a series of free public workshops related to both digital media and traditional crafts.

Project Tags:
2013 CCP, Professional Development