By: CARTER DEJONG
If you are looking for a place to create, imagine, or invent, MAKE South Bend is a great option that is close to campus. They are a local “makerspace,” a collective place that offers the equipment and supplies to create all types of art. When you walk in the building, the first thing you see is an area full of original art and gifts for sale made by 30 different local artists. All of the items in this room are made in the South Bend area.
Michelle Fitzgerald is an artist and founded MAKE in 2014. Prior to then she worked as a middle school English teacher.
“I have always been a maker. I always wished there was a place I could go to just use the tools instead of buying them,” said Fitzgerald.
This idea is what inspired Fitzgerald.
They offer ceramics, laser cutting, metal working, stained glass, woodworking, sewing, screen printing and even 3D printing.
They offer a variety of classes in all areas. Most are one-time classes which makes them good for a night out with friends, or just to try something new. Classes are offered Tuesday through Saturday.
The makerspace offers three types of memberships: Silver, Gold, and Platinum. Each membership comes with access to the makerspace and different levels of discounts on classes. Platinum members have the privilege of 24-hour access to the building for whenever they are feeling creative. There are also student discounts on each of the memberships. In addition to memberships, MAKE South Bend also has day passes available.
For more serious artists, private studios are also offered. These are individual rooms that only they and management have access to where they can work and store their art. Some artists have also used the private studios to display their works for anyone to see.
MAKE South Bend also features many events in their yearly calendar. During the holiday season, one of the most popular events is the Urban Artisan Market on Saturday, Dec. 15 from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. The event will take place at the Potawatomi Conservatory across from campus. This is an opportunity for people to come out and enjoy some of the great local makers South Bend has to offer. More than 25 vendors will be featured at the market. Live music and warm drinks will also be provided.
Another major event is the Rebel Art Fest held during the summer at Potawatomi Park. This event features performances from local bands such as Letters From Earth and SPACESHIPS, food trucks and many vendor booths that sell local goods. In 2018 about 2000 people took part in the event.
Make South Bend is located at 2228 Mishawaka Avenue, about two blocks away from IU South Bend.
For more information on classes or memberships please visit makesouthbend.com. You can also contact Make South Bend by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (574) 855-2271. Also be sure to find them on Facebook.