Founded in 2018 by Kat Mahoney, Owner/Visionary Director of THEGEEKGRID STUDIOS, and in partnership with ArtsQuest, the STEAM +Fest debuted on August 31st, 2019 . The festival featured a mix of STEAM Education and Steampunk culture. The event was hosted at the historical Bethlehem SteelStacks and provided S.T.E.A.M Education, Entertainment, and Creative Inspirations in a Steampunk theme.
Today the “STEAM Festival” focuses on a mix of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Makers (STEAM) and Video Games around a post-modern industrial theme with varying sub-genres from Steampunk, Gothic, and Post-Apocolyptic. Our event promotes programs and interests in the STEAM and video game industries for families, digital educators, businesses, institutes, and everyone else interested in today’s modern culture and the historical evolution of STEAM! This event includes workshops, lesson seminars, educational panels, new innovations, demos, digital artists, makers, geek entertainment, cosplay, and more!
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ArtsQuest is a Bethlehem-based nonprofit dedicated to presenting music, arts, festivals, cultural experiences and educational and outreach programs that aid in economic development, urban revitalization and community enrichment. Through festivals such as its flagship event, Musikfest; the Banana Factory Arts Center; and the ArtsQuest Center and SteelStacks arts and cultural campus, ArtsQuest’s programming reaches more than 1.5 million people annually. The organization’s programs and events, approximately 65 percent of which are free to attend, have a combined economic impact of more than $100 million annually in the region.
THEGEEKGRID STUDIOS focuses on educating and entertaining the community about Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Makers, Video Games, and Modern Life Skills. They are a S.T.E.A.M & Video Game Education, Creative Thinking & Entertainment Firm that provides Events, Seminars, Lessons and Workshops focusing on education through gamification and edutainment.