Makerspace

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noun
a collaborative space for hands on learning, in which people with common interests can gather to work on projects, develop new skills, explore new tools and technology, and share ideas.

Imagine a makerspace in Wheat Ridge.…

Have you ever wanted a place where you can find all the tools you need, and maybe discover new ones you didn’t know existed?

Or to meet a group of people that know how to do things with those tools, and have amazing skillsets that you can collaborate with to create something new?

We are building this place in Wheat Ridge. A place where technology, tools, teaching, and art can be available to the residents and businesses in the community.

This place is called a makerspace.

How did we get here?

In 2019, Localworks and the City of Wheat Ridge partnered to complete a preliminary feasibility analysis for an ArtSpace project.  ArtSpace is an amazing organization that builds and operates affordable housing for artists.  To guide this analysis, a group of local creators and partners was formed and the analysis was undertaken and completed.  You can learn more about that process on our website.  As a result, we learned a lot about creators and makers in Wheat Ridge!

First – the ArtSpace analysis group got to tour the Loveland ArtSpace project and see how great this type of project can be in a community.  The group ALSO got to tour the Loveland Creatorspace which is a makerspace.  The group immediately saw how important a makerspace is in the success of not only an ArtSpace project but in the promotion of art, creatives, and business innovation in a community.  It was an exciting day for this group!

Second – After the tour of the Loveland makerspace, Milly Nadler, with the Wheat Ridge Cultural Commission, reached out and offered to donate tools to Localworks for the creation of makerspace in memory of her late husband Peter Marks.  Peter was a prolific and creative maker who was into welding, woodworking, ceramics, art, technology, innovation – you name it.  We feel honored to be the recipient of this amazingly generous donation which has created the spark and the momentum to create a makerspace in Wheat Ridge.

Third – A tour of the TinkerMill Makerspace in Longmont led to a partnership between TinkerMill and Localworks to help create a makerspace in Wheat Ridge.  This partnership is allowing Localworks to leverage Milly’s amazing donation of tools with TinkerMill’s boots on the ground expertise in the development and operation of a makerspace.  Win-win!

So!  Now let’s talk about makerspaces!  What is a makerspace you ask?  A makerspace is a place with all the tools you need, or might need, to really let loose your innovative side. Tools like welding equipment, blacksmithing, woodworking, work stations with 3D printers, laser cutters, textile tools like industrial sewing machines and computer driven embroidery machines, recording studios, video editing equipment, soldering stations, lapidary tools, electronics and robotic stations, a private cloud system (think: your own personal datacenter) and a classroom full of people all week long who are learning and teaching subjects ranging from synthetic biology to autonomous drones to arduino robotics programming to good costume design techniques.  Maybe even a class where you and your kids can learn together.  A place where ideas blossom, innovation happens, businesses start and expand, and our community grows and prospers.

You can learn more about makerspaces on our website.  You can experience one firsthand by heading up to TinkerMill – The Longmont Makerspace to see a real, live makerspace that has been in operation for over ten years. 

We’re just getting started on this journey and we want to invite you to join us!  Until we have “home” we will be meeting at the Localworks offices located at 7530 West 38th Avenue.  We office in the former preschool rooms of the Wheat Ridge United Methodist Church.  This is a great place that has enough space for us to do some small-scale making.  

Want to help develop our Makerspace program?

Meet up with us on Tuesday evenings! 

Our regular ‘structured’ meetings on Tuesday nights will be turning into open sessions, similar to the past few meetings pre Maker-Faire. This would be a great time to learn how to use the 3D Printer/glowforge (or any other tool), socialize, or work towards certain projects relating to the makerspace itself! As always, these hours will be from 6-7:30pm on Tuesdays at Wheat Ridge United Methodist Church at 7530 West 38th Avenue.

We’re also offering Open Hours at the Makerspace on Mondays & Wednesdays, from 2:00pm – 6:00pm. Come by and learn more about the space – or reach out to Jake Harrington, Programs Assistant, at jharrington@wearelocalworks.org.

Want to learn more about our makerspace process?

Check out TinkerMill in Longmont

TinkerMill Longmont is located at 1840 Delaware Place, Unit A in Longmont, Colorado 80501.

You can check them out here.
You can visit them in person at their Sunday Open Houses from 2:00pm – 4:00pm.

Learn about ArtSpace

Read more about the  Wheat Ridge – Artspace Preliminary Feasibility Report.

Phone

720-259-1030

Email

reception@wearelocalworks.org

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 346
Wheat Ridge, CO 80034