Makersmiths is launching our newest makerspace - in Purcellville!
Here's a short Makersmiths that the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce produced about us:
Makersmiths is Loudoun County's maker organization. We are an all-volunteer non-profit organization founded in 2014, and we exist to help people make things. We've successfully operated our current 3,000 sq ft makerspace in Leesburg for over a year and a half now, hosting over 100 public classes, events for organizations, and providing many members of the Loudoun County area with regular access to tools, space, knowledge and resources to learn and make things.
A makerspace is a community shop, much like many of us had back in high school, but unlike a high school facility, ours is open and available to the community. The makerspace tools are both "old school" like wood working, metal working, ceramics and crafts, but also "new school" platforms like CAD design, CNC manufacturing, new electronics platforms such as Raspberry Pi and Arduino, laser cutting, and other emerging fabrication techniques.
You can make a quilt in makerspace, but you can also create your very own carbon fiber drone, complete with all of the electronics, from scratch. And lots of other stuff.
We serve 5 populations:
- Enthusiasists. People of all ages who like to learn how to make things, and have a place to make those things.
- Students (of all ages). We allow students to "hang out, mess around, and geek out" with hands-on, problem-oriented collaborative learning.
- Entrepreneurs. A makerspace pools the resources of a community, making tools, knowledge and space available to enable entrepreneurs (both large and small) to flesh out their ideas
- Community Organizations. We serve Loudoun in large part by making our resources available to other organization who already provide quality programming to targeted populations.
- Artists. looking for a space to create their latest inspiration
At this new location we will be creating a future-proof community of diverse, passionate and capable people that have interesting and meaningful lives and jobs, and their children will be enabled to follow them.
Risks and challenges
Every project has risks, and doing a makerspace is no different.
The biggest risk this specific project faces is that our facility will be a reflection of the community support we receive. Makersmiths is bringing a lot of donated tools to the space, and the Town of Purcellville have been creative in making a space available to us. But it needs a lot of work. This Kickstarter will help us get some supplies, and get the basics up and running in this space, but all of us will need to roll up our sleeves and lean in if we want to make this an effective and enjoyable space for us to work in.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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