Creative Counties: Developing Successful Maker Spaces

Recorded On: 07/29/2019


 About this Webinar

What are makerspaces and how can they be leveraged to impact communities?  Community makerspaces can impact communities as centers for education and/or economic development. This talk will explore these grassroots organizations and the work they are doing to teach through hands-on exploration, and creative problem-solving.  It will look at what these spaces are doing do to transform communities and to support small business development.  It will also give some insights about the types of support community makerspaces need to thrive. By exploring some successful community/makerspace partnerships, you will learn about some of the possibilities that can create positive impacts in the arts, in small business development, and in technology education within your community.  

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 their neighborhoods
  • Learn about the largest needs of these community spaces and how to support them
  • Come away with next-steps and suggestions for building successful partnerships with both non-profit and for-profit makerspaces

Jennifer Deafenbaugh

Data Visualization Specialist and Makerspace Advocate

Jennifer Deafenbaugh is a data visualization specialist and makerspace advocate. She is presently leading the Data Working Group within the Nation of Makers organization to conduct their Annual Survey of Makerspaces and report out about the findings on Jennifer helped found Make Nashville, a non-profit makerspace in Nashville, TN, serving as both a board member and the Director of Educational Programming. Serving the maker community is a volunteer side-venture for her. By day she works as a Multimedia Instructional 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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