LA Makerspace is a non-profit member-driven community space for
makers, tinkerers, and DIYers of all ages to create and collaborate.
Our mission is to provide a place where youth can make and learn alongside adults and where members can work on their own projects while learning new, unique maker skills through our workshops, on-going interest-based programs, mentorship, and peer learning environment. We offer affordable single classes, multi-day workshops, access to equipment, and member work & storage space.
Our volunteers, mentors and instructors hail from different backgrounds and skill sets, including: Software Engineers, Hardware Engineers, Artists, Game Designers, Scientists, Teachers, Filmmakers, Roboticists, Rocket Scientists, Librarians, Executives, Entrepreneurs, Moms, and Dads dedicated to the proposition that making things is essential to creating an awesome society. This diversity of talents and interests is currently reflected in our Board of Directors.
This space is an experiment to bridge the gap between academia and the community-at-large, establish a peer-to-peer mentorship network, and give members of all ages and abilities the chance to apprentice into a whole variety of fields ranging from industrial design to data analysis.
We are located on the 11th floor of the LA Mart building in Downtown LA. We are easily accessible by Train, Car and Bicycle.
The space includes:
- 24x7 security
- individual work benches
- enclosed woodworking space
- classroom space
- lounge with with computers, books, periodicals and other resources
- 60 watt Epilog Zing laser cutter and two 3D Printers (Bukobot and Up!)
Our business plan is to be a self-sustaining non-profit through memberships and charging for some events. In order to become self-sustaining, we plan to partner with a variety of sponsors and apply for grants to give us one year to focus on tweaking the business model and outreach.
Currently, we have a one year fiscal sponsorship under the umbrella organization, home&community, inc., and we are in the process of getting our own 501(c)(3) non-profit status.
You can donate to the space. Your contribution will help equip the LA Makerspace so we can serve families and individuals who are ready to create and collaborate!
For more info on our business model and notes from a year of planning, please visit our Wiki.