Cruces Creatives is located at:
205 East Lohman Avenue
Las Cruces, NM 88001
Our business hours are:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Friday, Saturday: 9:00 am to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Our phone number is: 575-448-1072
A makerspace is analogous to a gym where you pay a monthly membership fee in order to use weights, treadmills, and stationary bikes for a workout. A makerspace is similar to a gym, except the emphasis is on building things. Cruces Creatives has space and tools dedicated to helping you make certain types of things. Please see our Facility Page for more information. We support the textile arts, audio-visual creation, electronics, robotics (including 3D printing), woodworking, metalworking, computing, and other activities.
We also have a community of people, both staff and members, who enjoy collaborating with others. You can find answers to most questions right in the building. The whole is greater than the sum of the parts.
Cruces Creatives is supported monetarily by yearly and monthly membership dues. It is also supported by the community through cash donations, volunteer labor, and donations of tools, fabric, craft supplies, computers, and equipment.
Our Board of Directors consists of a community-based leadership team that includes artists, educators, entrepreneurs, scientists, IT professionals, and engineers.
We have been very fortunate to have received so many donations from the community. We gladly accept donations of money, time, equipment, and supplies. Please see the Contribute Page for more information. We also have a Corporate Sponsorship Program for businesses.
Take a fifteen minute tour of Cruces Creatives during any of our business hours. A front desk monitor is always available to answer any questions you may have.
For larger tours, please contact us to schedule, and perhaps customize, a tour for you. There is a small fee, based on the number of visitors, for a group tour.
You can view upcoming events on the Home Page or, for more events, use the Events Page. You can fill in the information on the Contact Page and you will receive a newsletter via email each week that will keep you up-to-date with the makerspace.
During our initial phase we are offering a Founding Membership for $35 per month. This special membership offer is available to the first one hundred members. If you sign up for a full year, you get one month free and pay $385. These prices will increase a little after the founding period is over. We also offer day passes that can be used or given as gifts.
The easiest way is through the Become A Member page. To join through the web site, you will need a PayPal account. You can also visit the makerspace and a team member will assist you at the front desk. During your first visit, you will need to sign a Waiver of Liability and a document agreeing to our Goals and Policies.
As a member, you have full access to the facility during business hours. Membership also includes introductory safety and/or skills classes for each of our major areas. Safety classes are mandatory for areas having potentially hazardous tools.
In a broader sense, being a member means inclusion in a culture of creative, talented, and dedicated people who are working to improve our community.
Members get a discounted rate for events held in the facility. Members also get free safety and/or skills classes as part of their membership.
You can buy day pass packages in packs of five or ten. Each package includes the same safety and/or skill classes as a regular membership. The current price for five (5) day passes is $100. The current price for ten (10) day passes is $150.
With the permission of a parent or guardian, a child aged 14 or older may become a member and use the facility. The parent/guardian must sign a waiver of liability for each child and may optionally specify that the child can use the facility unsupervised. The child must attend the standard safety classes.
As a member, you are allowed to bring up to two children, aged 13 and under, with you when you visit. There is no charge for the children. You are required, however, to maintain close supervision of the children and assume responsibility for their safety. Children may be excluded from parts of the facility.
We love volunteers and are always in need of new ones. When you fill out the Contact Page on the web site, you can specify your volunteering interests. Or, just stop by to discuss volunteering with any team member.
If you commit to twelve (12) hours of volunteering work per month, on a regular schedule, you earn a free membership. A simple win-win proposition.
If you have a skill to share, we can probably put it to good use. We are always looking for people to act as monitors. Monitors serve as greeters at the front door, perform tours, manage memberships, and maintain a safe environment to all people in the building. We also need people to teach workshops, help with our social media, help out with fundraising and many other activities.
Check the Home Page for a list of upcoming events. If you subscribe via the Contact Page, you will get a weekly newsletter via email that contains lots of interesting information about the makerspace.
We encourage community involvement and are always open to new ideas. Please follow the instructions here to begin the process.
Yes, members can reserve the conference room for meetings or other events so long as there is no charge for attendance and it is available during the required period. The conference room can also be rented for special events.
Yes, we have storage areas specifically for this purpose. At the end of each session, you can store your project. There are forms available that are used to identify it.
We require that members attend specific safety training classes before they are allowed to used particular tools. For example, there are safety classes required before using power tools in the woodworking shop. These classes are included in the price of a membership. In addition, areas containing potentially dangerous tools and always staffed by a monitor who is responsible for keeping the area safe.
In general, we do not supply materials for projects. Each member is responsible for procuring any materials needed for their project. There are minor exceptions to this rule. For example, the woodworking shop contains a scrap pile of wood that can be used freely. There are also various fasteners and other hardware. Members should consider these to be community resources and are encouraged to use them considerately and donate their own scrap wood, etc. to the cause. Similar considerations apply to the textile lab.
You should store all computer files on a private flash drive.