Make it Late! YuKonstruct open all night for Nuit Blanche

Join us for Breakdancing, graffiti and films at YuKonstruct on July 5 from 7 PM to 7 AM on July 6 at 135 Industrial Road.


Whitehorse Nuit Blanche is an exciting all night contemporary art show that will include art installations, performances and feasts across the city of Whitehorse on July 5 from 7pm – 7am. In a celebration of our local artists YuKonstruct will be an official venue for this free action-packed 12-hour night of fun. We will host the Koovy and the Groundwork Sessions Crew who will be performing their award winning breakdancing routines as well as conducting workshops, performances, talks and films on breaking culture. From improvisation to developing routines and new moves, dancers will create and evolve with the audience.

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Since we are still working on building the space at 135 Industrial Road we have the ability to host such a unique event in our workshop before it’s all ready for our makers. So come on down and dance all night with us! If you need some help staying up, Midnight Sun Coffee is close by, and open all night too!


8:00 pm – 9:30 pm – Workshop & Dance

10:00 pm – midnight – Film screening and Q&A with artists

Between 1:00 am – 5:00 am, Ali Khoda will be creating a live graffiti piece for our workshop

3:00 am – 4:00 am – Live dance show!

4:00 am – 5:00am – Screening from a recent Calgary battle

About the Artists of the Groundwork Sessions Crew:

Meet dancers Kevin McLachlan (aka Koovy), Emile St. Pierre,  Alex Robinson, Ben Robinson, and George Rivard for a dynamic evening of high intensity fun in the form of a breaking performance and introductory workshop.

Kevin McLachlan (aka Koovy),  and Emile St. Pierre have been training and performing together for the last four years. The local grade 12 students have done numerous shows throughout town, including Leaping Feats Dancing Through Life, Winterval, Arts in The Park and more. They performed as part of the Yukon’s Cultural Contingent at the 2014 Arctic Winter Games in Fairbanks, Alaska, creating a collaborative piece with four other dancers.



Small Town Makerspaces

Amelia here. I am on the core YuKonstruct team, and designed the survey that so many of our makers kindly filled out. The survey was a great place to help us identify what our community wants to see in our makerspace, and relay this to our potential funding partners. It captured other information which we have started to follow up on now that we have a space. Things like, who is able to teach courses or donate tools. If you haven’t already, and want to take the survey, we’ve re-opened it. It can be found here:

With my academic background in Community Development, the one thing that has interested me about makerspaces, is how to extend their reach. This is particularly relevant as I read the survey comments from those who were not in Whitehorse, but enjoyed the idea of YuKonstruct. So, in this post I want to share some of the resources I feel could be helpful for rural communities to introduce the makerspace culture into schools, libraries, First Nations and community events.

Make it at your library

This website is run by the maker site Instructables, and the American Library Association. It shares a range of projects searchable by age, materials cost, time and type that can help you find a cool maker activity to do within your means. It was created to help libraries transition into makerspaces, and offers lots of beginner projects to get kids and adults excited.



Make Magazine offers MakerCamp on Google+. A free online maker summer camp July 7th to August 15th  2014.  You register online, and order and pay for your own materials, depending on whether you are interested in just one project, or the entire summer camp. This year the weekly themes are; Makers In Motion, Create the Future, Health & Science, Art and Design, DIY Music and Make:Believe.  New activities are posted each morning, then campers in teams from all around the world rush to make their projects. At the end of the day campers upload photos, video and learn from each other’s successes and challenges.

If you want more than activities or a camp to get the ball rolling, this site offers a complete and free guide to starting a makerspace in your community, the Makerspace Playbook.

Want to start a small town makerspace?

We’d love to hear from you!  Drop us a line at
YuKonstruct still has a lot to learn, but we are also here to share knowledge and advice as we go!

Survey Results – What a response!

Thanks for taking the survey!  All one hundred and one of you!

Now the Core Team has lots of useful information on membership pricing, hours, and people to contact for specific volunteer tasks. People who indicated they want to volunteer Event Coordination will be contacted soon, as Hacking Health North (May 9-11, 2014) is our next big event. Stay tuned for details!

This survey also gives us the proof we need to show funders that we have an engaged community of makers, 84% of you volunteered to help make the space happen faster! Amazing!

For those of you who asked specific questions at the end of the survey, I will be responding over the next few days. In the meantime check out this infographic which summarizes the results.


As for what you want to learn – check out this word cloud:

What you want to learn
What you want to learn

Here’s what you said you can teach:

What can you teach?
What can you teach?

We need YOUR input – take our 5 minute survey

Hey everyone!

I’m Amelia and I have been excited to work with the core team to develop this important survey. Before I talk about that, I wanted to give you a little update.

YuKonstruct has come so far since January 14 when we had the Kick-Off Open House and asked the Yukon community if they would want a makerspace. The answer was yes! Since then, the core team have been hard at work to make it happen.

In Allison’s last update she mentioned that the team has been working hard on a number of fronts, the most exciting of which is a potential space. Since then, the outreach team has put together this blog to keep you informed. There was also a funding proposal submitted for review last week, so that we can get the money needed to hopefully sign a lease. It has been busy!


We recently got some initial feedback from the funders which lets us know that we need to start establishing the details of membership fees, and the tools we will need to purchase, so we can ensure our budget is accurate. To do this, I have created a short survey for you to fill out so we can better understand HOW and WHEN you want to use the makerspace. I am also using this as part of my thesis project for my degree in Community Development, with a concentration in Community Research. This survey is designed to keep the momentum of YuKonstruct going in a community-based way, by encouraging skill-sharing, seeking enthusiastic volunteers and asking what you think is best.


PLEASE FILL OUT THIS SURVEY BEFORE APRIL 14, 2014 – Without this feedback we will have a difficult time making our case that YuKonstruct will be an important community space.

It should only take you 5 minutes to complete, but it will provide us with the key information we need to make decisions as we move forward.

Also, please feel free to share this post with anyone who you think might want to be a YuKonstruct member. We really appreciate it!

If you’re wondering what will we do with the survey data, it will be this:

  • Establish membership pricing, choose what tools to purchase and confirm our proposed budget.
  • Publish a summary of results on our website and send you an email too!
  • I will also use the survey in my coursework to examine the possibilities of makerspaces as community development tools in the North.

At no time will your personal details be shared. Any information and responses we post will be anonymous.

If you have any difficulties with the survey please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Thanks so much!



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