MakerSpace NYC was founded in 2013 after the studio and metal shop of artists, DB Lampman & Scott Van Campen was flooded by Hurricane Sandy. Thanks to funding from the NYCEDC and the many volunteers who gave their time, advice, skills and hard work, we opened Staten Island MakerSpace on October 28, 2013.
Since 2013, the organization has grown to become a cultural anchor in the borough, and helped thousands of creative entrepreneurs get their start. In addition to a vibrant makerspace, our staff and a team of volunteers have created a sculpture park in Staten Island that provides artists with the opportunity to create large scale public art. Our education department has flourished and we are proud to have provided STEM and arts education to tens of thousands of students all across the city. In the 2018-19 school year we taught over 18,000 K-12 students in New York City schools.
In early 2019 we partnered with the New York City Economic Development Corporation to open the Futureworks MakerSpace at the Brooklyn Army Terminal. Because of this expansion, the organization re-branded to MakerSpace NYC. The new space has the same community focused approach but, is also being used to encourage entrepreneurship, advanced manufacturing and product development. Our memberships at both locations are cross honored, so you can take a blacksmithing class in Staten Island in our outdoor sculpture park, and go to Brooklyn to use the water-jet cutter or the industrial sewing machines.
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