Making It: Vermont’s Maker Spaces Build Creativity and Community
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
On an early March Monday night, a few people hammered on stained glass projects in a brightly lit, 16-foot-square workshop in Lyndon Center. In the nearby wood shop, Cub Scouts were shaping wooden cars for race tracks. In another area, a couple was working together on a garden décor project, and someone else was fabricating a recycling cabinet.
Amid the noise, Jim Schenck explained that a community space like this was only a dream a few years ago. Now, he is the president of The Foundry, the first maker space in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. The registered nonprofit uses space at Lyndon Institute, where they are open two evenings per week and all day on Saturday, to provide access to innovative manufacturing technologies for both entrepreneurs and hobbyists.
There are other well-known maker spaces throughout the state, like the Generator in Burlington and MINT in Rutland. Though each operating model is different, they all provide a membership-based community space for access to the tools, technology and space for creating. These spaces include all the tools and equipment for artistic and business endeavors, like woodworking, metal fabrication, jewelry making, electronics labs, design software, stained glass and more.
“We’re a combination of artist studio, classroom and business incubator at the intersection of art, science and technology,” reads the mission statement printed on the wall in the foyer of the Generator, a maker space in Burlington.
“Really, we live by STEAM: Science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics,” says Maggie Robinson, the outreach coordinator at the Generator, while standing in the foyer of the space.
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