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Sep 14, 2017,
Santa Rosa
180 Studios
Local non-profit North Bay Makers has announced the Saturday, October 21st Grand Opening of its 180 Studios maker space on Todd Road in Santa Rosa.
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Local non-profit organization North Bay Makers has announced the Saturday, October 21st Grand Opening of its 180 Studios maker space on Todd Road in Santa Rosa. Inspired by the hands-on approach to innovation, education, and creativity that is becoming well-known nationally as the Maker Movement, the 15,000 square-foot venue has been developed to support local industrial arts, creative arts, engineering, and design.

The community is welcome to access studios stocked with a wide variety of equipment and tools, independent rental studios, and professionally-taught classes in engineering-oriented activities (like electronics, laser cutting, and 3-D printing), and more traditional activities (like milling, welding, and woodworking). These activities and more will be part of the Grand Opening celebration, which will take place from 3 pm. until 8 pm.

Local businesses like Keysight Technologies, Friedman’s Home Improvement, and Cornerstone Properties have provided significant financial support to 180 Studios, and numerous individuals have generously contributed. The Sonoma County Office of Education is a valued partner as well. Participants in early 180 Studios activities have included the Boys and Girls Club, several local high schools, teachers from across the country, and hundreds of community members attending open-house activities.

These individuals, organizations and businesses have recognized the many benefits 180 Studios brings to the north bay area, especially in the context of economic development. Well-paying, skilled jobs are available in manufacturing, agriculture, food processing, and construction, yet employers are unable to locate trained workers. Future innovation and success in these areas relies on increased opportunities and access to “making”. Additionally, consumer demand for unique and/or local goods is driving a need for skilled artisans with access to tools and space.

180 Studios also serves as a social hub for creative work, a spark for innovation through collaboration that can incubate small businesses and inspire entrepreneurs. The 180 Studios facility creates opportunity for interaction between students, artisans, journeymen, retirees, and others that builds community and fosters creative and critical thinking, continual learning, and decision-making skills. Beyond introducing youth to tools and making,180 Studios provides appropriate activity for non-school hours, encourages volunteerism, and builds self-esteem.

The North Bay Makers Board of Directors,180 Studios General Manager David Farish, and others involved in creating this impressive venue look forward to its increasing contribution to the community over time.


Contact Information
Email: makers@180studios.org
Phone: 707-843-4363

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