The Arts Area supports the development of arts-inclusive makerspaces incorporating workspaces, classrooms, and technology labs with access to advanced machines, tools, and other professional equipment and computer systems from the fields of fine and applied arts, computer science, engineering, and manufacturing. Broadly speaking, makerspaces are interdisciplinary, participatory, peer-supported learning environments where people can create among a diverse community. These resources partnered with life-long learning opportunities through specialized education and skills training programs, professional development workshops, and business support services provide the necessary resources for sustaining and nourishing a healthy creative economy. This includes what are often described as “the 4 C’s” of necessary 21st century skills: Creative thinking, Critical thinking, Collaboration, and Communication.
Are you a maker? Interested in participating in a makerspace project? Do you have specialized training and experience, equipment and tools to contribute, or enjoy assisting others with making?