Creative Counties: Developing Successful Maker Spaces

Recorded On: 09/20/2019


 About this Webinar

What are makerspaces and what impacts are they having on their communities? This talk will take a look at three specific examples of independent makerspaces, focusing on what they are doing do to transform education and support small business development in their communities. It will also explore some of the types of support community makerspaces need to thrive. By exploring these successful community/makerspace partnerships, you will learn how these partnerships can create significant positive impacts in the arts, in small business development, and in technology education so that you can bring your learnings back to the individuals in your area.  

Learning Objectives

Attendees will...

  • Gain a basic understanding of the services that makerspaces may offer
  • See case studies of successful community / makerspace partnerships that have had significant positive impacts on the people they serve
  • Learn about the largest needs of these community spaces and how to support them
  • Come away with a few ideas for building successful partnerships with independent non-profit and for-profit makerspaces

Jennifer Deafenbaugh

Sr. Instructional Multimedia Designer, Nation of Makers

Jennifer Deafenbaugh is a data visualization specialist, interactive artist and makerspace advocate. She is presently leading the Data and Metrics of Impact Working Group within the Nation of Makers organization. Their major projects the Annual Survey of Makerspaces and the Make the Data blog at; they help the maker community learn about itself through data and data-driven stories. Jennifer helped found Make Nashville, a non-profit makerspace in Nashville, TN. She works as a Sr. Instructional Multimedia Designer at Schneider Electric, and she has recently received a MPS in Information Visualization from the Maryland Institute College of Art

Twitter: @ittybittyartist  


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