Educational Programming, Memberships, and Studio Space Rentals Open to All
On Tues. Sept. 20 at 10 a.m. at 1400 Greenmount Ave. Baltimore Development Corporation President Bill Cole, Delegate Maggie McIntosh; Lt. Governor, Boyd Rutherford; and Congressman Elijah Cummings along with several others will help Baltimore Arts Realty Corporation (BARCO) officially open the doors of Open Works (http://www.openworksbmore.com),the highly anticipated $11.5 million incubator for Maryland’s creative economy.
The 34,000-sq.-ft. state-of-the-art facility (http://www.openworksbmore.com/make/our-facilities/), which happens to be the sixth largest makerspace in the nation, was developed to expand access to advanced tools and technologies for residents of Baltimore and the surrounding region through low-cost memberships, rental workspaces, educational classes, and workforce training opportunities in partnership with other regional organizations.
“Congressman Elijah Cummings referred to Open Works as a house of dreams during last year’s groundbreaking” said Will Holman, General Manager of Open Works. “His vision of Open Works as a place for all people in Baltimore to transform their creative ideas into new products and new businesses is at the heart of our mission. This is a place where anyone can make virtually anything.”
Tuesday’s ribbon cutting ceremony will be followed by a public Grand Opening Festival on the Open Works campus (1400 Greenmount Ave.) on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The free community event will feature over 40 vendor booths, food trucks, live music, street art demonstrations, and group tours. The entertainment line up currently includes:
- TT The Artist (http://tttheartist.com),
- James Nasty (http://jamesnasty.com),
- Jordan August band (https://jordanaugustband.bandcamp.com), and
- Power Wheels racing (http://www.powerracingseries.org/) — the only sub-$500 electric vehicle racing series that features adults driving kids cars.
Open Works is the second project in the Station North Arts & Entertainment District to be completed by non-profit developer BARCO in the last twelve months. BARCO has partnered with public and private sources to finance Open Works. PNC Bank and Telesis Corporation have invested in the project and the Reinvestment Fund and the Baltimore Development Corporation has provided low-interest loans. BARCO has also received grants from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, the Abell Foundation, the Maryland General Assembly, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, and the Maryland Department of Commerce. M & T Bank provided the construction financing, and Stanley Black & Decker has donated $15,000 in tools and equipment.
About Open Works: Through affordable memberships and month-to-month space rentals, Open Works makes tools, technology, and the know-how to use them accessible to all. The 34,000-square-foot state of the art fabrication facility developed by the Baltimore Arts Realty Corporation houses a wood shop, metal shop, and digital media studio along with a digital fabrication shop (CNC routers and laser cutters), a 3D printing studio, an electronics lab, and a textiles studio. In addition, Open Works offers 140 individual micro-studios (7’x7’ work spaces) for designing, assembling, and finishing projects. For more information visit www.openworksbmore.com.