Make Nashville Makes 100 Founders
January 3, 2015
Make Nashville has successfully completed its first fundraising campaign, seeking 100 individuals who are interested in having a makerspace opened in the Greater Nashville area. The newly-formed federal nonprofit asked $100 for each potential new member, with the goal of raising $10,000 before the end of 2015. A matched donation of up to $10,000 has been offered by a generous donor. The first $5,000 of the match will be given to the organization’s general fund, with the second $5,000 to be spent on youth programming.
Make Nashville received 501(c)(3) status on December 22, 2015, effective as of May 6, 2015. Donations to the organization are tax-deductible (check with your accountant to verify that you can receive a deduction.)
With the funds that have been raised, Make Nashville’s next goal is renting space in a warehouse-style building that also has an office component for classroom and meeting space. There, at the Make Nashville Makerspace, they will offer all-ages classes and workshops on fabrication and design technologies for a variety of disciplines including woodworking, robotics, 3D printing, metalworking, and textiles.
Makerspaces allow individuals access to tools that they might not otherwise be able to afford on their own, for a relatively low monthly fee. Presently, the estimated monthly fee for an all-access member is projected to be between $75-$100 per month. (As membership increases, the cost may be lowered.) Scholarships, sponsorships, and project-based grants will be awarded on a regular basis to individuals who are not able to afford full membership costs.
Makerspaces also offer small businesses opportunities to develop and prototype products and boost the local economy; they offer youth unique experiences using tools for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) education; they offer businesses unique experiences for their employees through corporate learning seminars; they offer community groups spaces to gather; they offer artists opportunities for mastery of craft and affordable access to tools that make their work more efficient; they provide space for large-scale community design and art projects; they offer events that encourage and celebrate hands-on learning.
Individuals who use the tools in the space will be required to have training, provided through a regular schedule of workshops and classes.
The group leadership is actively looking for a location, and hope to have one selected in the first weeks of the new year, with build-out plans set to begin around February 1, 2015.
For more information about the Make Nashville Makerspace, you can contact:
- Matt Kenigson (615) 624-4040
- Chris Lee (615) 491-8902
- Jennifer Deafenbaugh (614) 323-2123