SparkMacon builds new makerspace for creators

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Macon’s hobbyists, tinkers, and entrepreneurs will have a new space to connect and innovate.

It doesn’t look like much, but the empty space will soon be the new home for Macon’s creative and innovative thinkers.

“Eventually we’ll have training tables built coming off both walls. those will have 3D printers, the computers for graphic design, photo editing, 3D modeling,” Rob Betzel with SparkMacon said.

Betzel is one of the founders of SparkMacon, a new organization that is building the city’s first makerspace. You could think of it as a gym for creative people.

“It will be a space with tools, the resources for people who want to tinker, hobby, or entrepreneurs who need space to work and build their business,” Betzel said.

Like Mollie Davis and Andrew Eck with Georgia Pallet. They’re already building their unique furniture in the space and growing their business.

“This place will offer better utilities, more space, but not only that but give us a storefront and downtown presence,” Eck said.

Betzel says the makerspace is a worldwide movement and there are successful workshops across the Peach State. He adds there is a need for something like this in the community.
 
“We want people to have a place to come out and be creative and try something new that may not be in their normal realm of interest,” Betzel said.

Whether you’re an artist, an engineer, or somewhere in between, this will be the space for Macon’s Makers to collaborate and create.

SparkMacon is located on the second floor of 557 Cherry Street in downtown Macon. The organization plans to launch the makerspace on November 7 during First Friday with an open make community event.

SparkMacon received a $54,000 federal grant to pay for all of the new equipment. It started a 30 day crowdfunding campaign to raise $10,000 to cover operating costs. That fundraiser ends Sunday, October 12 at midnight.

To learn more about SparkMacon, become a member, or donate, visit www.sparkmacon.com.

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