As we move forward with our “Green Studio” at the Central Library, Nonprofit Resource Center, and Asian Resources nonprofit partner organizations, the timing could not be better. Program Director for the Public Library Lori Easterwood explains.
“Libraries across the country are eagerly ‘redefining’ how we service the community”, she expressed in a recent interview. “In an age of Kindles and i-Pads, our youth don’t necessarily relate to the Library’s traditional role as a repository of books and knowledge for the communities we serve. Therefore, we are investigating new ways to become relevant and ‘Maker Faires’ offer an option we are exploring. The hosting of an Access Sacramento “Green TV Studio” fits perfectly into these early plans.”
Here is a definition of what a the Makers Faire movement is all about from their web site. Please explore and give us feedback on how such an event might benefit Sacramento’s efforts to “grow our creative class”.
“Maker Faire offers the opportunity for us to see ourselves as more than consumers; we are productive; we are creative. Everyone is a maker and our world is what we make it.
Awarded to Makers who demonstrate great creativity, ingenuity, and innovation.
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Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. It’s a venue for makers to show examples of their work and interact with others about it. Many makers say they have no other place to share what they do. DIY is often invisible in our communities, taking place in shops, garages and on kitchen tables. It’s typically out of the spotlight of traditional art or science or craft events. Maker Faire makes visible these projects and ideas that we don’t encounter every day.
Maker Faire is primarily designed to be forward-looking, showcasing makers who are exploring new forms and new technologies. But it’s not just for the novel in technical fields; Maker Faire features innovation and experimentation across the spectrum of science, engineering, art, performance and craft.
Many makers are hobbyists, enthusiasts or students (amateurs!)-but they are also a wellspring of innovation, creating new products and producing value in the community. Some makers do become entrepreneurs and start companies.
This is grassroots innovation that we can foster in every community. It’s being called the Maker Movement, and MAKE Magazine
and Maker Faire are very proud of having been (and continuing to be) a nurturing ground for this growing community of creative and curious people.”