Cooking up a Creative Storm with Arts, Science and Engineering at This Year’s Beakerhead

Member of Parliament Joan Crockett announces support for the Beakerhead Creative Society

September 11, 2014 – Calgary – The Beakerhead Creative Society will receive $86,000 through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program to present the 2nd edition of the Beakerhead Festival.

Activities on offer will include temporary installations, exhibits of large-scale interactive art pieces and community collaborative art projects, as well as theatrical, dance and musical performances.

Joan Crockatt, Member of Parliament (Calgary Centre), made this announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

Quick Facts

  • This year’s Beakerhead will take place from September 10 to 14, 2014.
  • Beakerhead was founded in 2013 by author and science journalist Jay Ingram and Mary Anne Moser, award-winning designer, communications professional and founding editor of the Banff Centre Press.
  • The Beakerhead Creative Society is a non-profit organization that works to advance education by organizing and conducting hands-on activities that use the creative arts to educate students and the general public on arts and science, technology, engineering and math.
  • The Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage.


“Our Government is proud to support the second edition of Beakerhead. Combining art with science and technology encapsulates our biggest strengths as a nation. This investment brings culture, education and innovation together in inventive and meaningful ways that all Canadians can enjoy.” —The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

“Beakerhead is an engine of knowledge and discovery. Moreover, it makes science and technology accessible through art and collaboration. Congratulations to the Beakerhead Creative Society as it continues to entertain and educate Canadians and the rest of the world!” —Joan Crockatt, Member of Parliament (Calgary Centre)

“Engineering and science have always had a close relationship to art, but it was rarely evident. With Beakerhead we’re showing that these disparate disciplines can not just get along, but can bring out the best in each other. And we’re not hiding it: it’s in public so everyone can share in the delight of distributed creativity.” —Jay Ingram, Chair and Co-Founder, Beakerhead Creative Society

“Beakerhead opens an artistic and engaging door onto the world of science and engineering. There are many good reasons to do this—it’s educational, it inspires creativity, it brings people together to innovate and it celebrates a real strength in the makeup of our country. Perhaps the most compelling reason though is that it is enormously entertaining. As a result, it involves the whole community!” —Mary Anne Moser, President and Co-Founder, Beakerhead Creative Society

(Canadian Heritage)