Running a Makerspace – Hangout with us!

DATE:  September 6, 2017     CATEGORIES:  Blog, Make a makerspace, Outreach

Over the last 7 years running Artisan’s Asylum, we have made a lot of mistakes. Learning from the process of failure, experimentation and exploration is what making is all about. Better yet, sharing those lessons with your community is what makerspaces are all about.

We’ve shared our experiences with hundreds of aspiring makerspaces with the hope that other spaces and communities like ours don’t have to repeat our mistakes. We think we have a lot to learn from the many existing makerspace operators out there.

Visiting OpenWorks in Baltimore during their build out in 2016.

So, we’re hosting a series of ‘Running a Makerspace’ hangouts to do just that. The goal is to provide a platform for us to talk informally about what we’re celebrating, what is keeping us up at night, and answer some of the hard questions that don’t quite fit into an FAQ.

Here is the schedule for 2017:

We also have a listserv for makerspace managers to talk to each other about running a makerspace – – to share best practices, wins and failures to better support each other in the work that we do. Send a blank email to to join.. We also recommend getting hooked into the Nation of Makers Slack Channel and Facebook Group.

You can also book any of our staff’s office hours to talk about starting or running a makerspace in your community. We look forward to hearing about what you would like to enable others to make!

— Jess Muise, Member Services & Outreach Manager