We couldn’t be more pleased to announce that over the past couple of months, The Department of Making + Doing (DM+D) has won a series of significant grants from ArtPlace, Knight Arts Challenge, and Cognizant, as part of its Making the Future STEM education program. DM+D is the ‘making’ oriented civic innovation workshop/makerspace that we have opened with our partners from Breadboard, The Hacktory, and NextFab Studios. DM+D provides the space, the tools, and the knowledge to empower youth, adults and community organizations to make and do great things in Philadelphia. For Public Workshop, the space also serves as a home base for us, TinyWPA, and for The Building Hero Project, our young adult community design leadership program through which from which we are growing a talented, skilled, and highly motivated army of young adults who are able initiate civic design innovation throughout Philadelphia. Public Workshop and our partners are incredibly excited by and grateful this generous support and the types of activities it will support.
Did you miss the opening party for The Department of Making + Doing on May 11th? It was great but not to worry, here are some pictures from the event. The branding and space design for DM+D was created by Public Workshop and PlusUs, DM+D’s awesome graphic designer-in-residence. Check out the fantastic fundraising system/wall that our Building Heroes created to help them raise money to launch the bench building micro-business! Genius! People also seemed to have a heck-of-a-good time building with our Build-It! Disks.