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  • 2019-08-29 5:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A makerspace offers the tools, training, and community to make practically anything—including projects for hire! That’s where the Cruces Creatives Job Shop comes in.


    The Job Shop--as part of Cruces Creatives’ missions to promote economic development, advance science and technology, and promote practical education in Doña Ana County--connects individuals or organizations who want a project made with members of the Cruces Creatives team who can make the project happen.


    From a soft opening with pilot projects that started in November 2018, the Job Shop has already grown to a major program, with multiple projects worth over $55,000 completed so far. This work helps local organizations and individuals make their visions reality, all while enhancing the local economy, providing internship and education opportunities for a 21st century workforce, and serving as a major source of support for Cruces Creatives and all its charitable missions.

    With the success of the soft-opening projects, the Job Shop is leaving the pilot phase and officially launching!

    To learn more or start a project, visit http://www.crucescreatives.org/Job-Shop. Also, if you know someone who has a project that could use some additional skills, help spread the word!


  • 2019-08-26 12:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Drop in anytime tomorrow between 3pm and 6pm, Tuesday Aug 27th, to experience letterpressing with Power & Light Press, a traveling letterpress truck who's in town for one day only!

    Hope to see you there!

    -CC Team


  • 2019-08-07 1:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Spring into Gear with The Hub Community Bike Shop

    As the weather warms up and you bring out the bikes, keep The Hub Community Bike Shop in mind. Every Thursday and Saturday morning, volunteers at The Hub (located in the wood shop / bike shop at Cruces Creatives) can help you fix up your bike and get it ready to ride. Plus, in addition to bike repair, The Hub offers bike safety training, bike safety equipment for kids, a bike donation site, and bikes for sale.


    Applications for Cruces Kids Can Now Open

    Kids aged 6-17 are invited to create a business plan, develop a product or service and then open for business at the Cruces Kids Can Downtown Marketplace! The program includes a workshop where kids learn about startup costs, pricing, marketing, profit; get product feedback; and practice mock sales. To participate, budding entrepreneurs should register by April 6 at this link.


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  • 2019-07-18 8:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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    3,000-4,000 Vinyl Albums Available for Projects

    Do you have ideas for projects that could use a lot of vinyl albums? University Broadcasting at New Mexico State University is disposing of 3,000-4,000 albums, which are freely available for repurposing. If you’re interested, contact Adrian Velarde at avelarde@nmsu.edu.



    Membership Option Updates

    Curious about membership options now that Cruces Creatives is one year old and founding membership discounts have ended? Here are the current options:

    • Regular paying membership: $45/month
    • Regular volunteering membership: 3 hours/week
    • Family/group membership: $40/person/month

    Founding members retain the founding membership rates for as long as they have active memberships of any type, and kids ages 13 and younger are still free with a parent/guardian member.   


  • 2019-06-27 9:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

     

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    One-Year Anniversary Celebration Saturday!

    We’re almost to our one-year celebration! Check out the activities going on Saturday, and if you’re available Friday, you can join the team for cleaning and event prep.

    Classes for Making Holiday Gifts

    Would you like to create hand-made gifts for the holidays this year? You can get a head start with all sorts of classes this July and August: Original Miniature PaintingsExploring Water Media Art ProductsBeginning Sewing: The Chinese Coin Blanket, and Intermediate Audio: Recording Music. Even more classes are under development, so check the event calendar for updates.

    Loom-Making

    Do you have woodworking skills that you’d like to put to use? As part of beginning weaving classes, Cruces Creatives offers simple frame looms, which we make in-house—and you can help make them! You can find sample parts and a blueprint in the weaving section of the Main Room; supplies are in the scrap/donation areas of the Wood Shop. For more information, contact Steve Robinson at loom@stevertheweaver.com.


  • 2019-06-21 9:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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    One-Year Anniversary Celebration Coming Up! 

    We're now just 9 days away from our One-Year Anniversary Celebration! All sorts of exciting activities are on the schedule.

    June 29, 10am-3pm

    Under the eaves, there will be a yard sale featuring a wide variety of surplus tools and creatives supplies. Get great deals on resources to support your creativity, all while supporting your makerspace.

    Indoors, there will be tours showcasing all of the exciting ways the makerspace has grown in the last year. Come check out recent tool additions, or come learn about our space if it's your first time!

    In the multipurpose room, there will be all-original live performances from local songwriters.

    10:00am-1:00pm, live music performances

    1:00pm-2:30pm, all-original open mic

    2:30pm-3:00pm, live music performances

    There will be free food and other activities around the building.

    For kids, there will be a special coloring activitydisassembly activitypaper crane folding (not just for kids), and outdoors, near the yard sale, a bouncy house!

    To further equip the Kids' Room, there will also be a toy drive. Click here to see a list of creative toys that would be especially helpful.

    The Anniversary Celebration will also be the final day when you can get the discounted Founding Membershipprice!

    Regular Monthly Membership, starting June 30: $45

    Regular Yearly Membership, starting June 30: $495 (one month free)

    Founding Monthly Membership: $35

    Founding Yearly Membership: $385 (one month free)

    You can lock in the discounted founding prices for as long as you maintain an active membership, so if you've been thinking about becoming a paid member, the Anniversary Celebration would be a great time to join! (And just as a reminder, kids ages 13 and under are free with a parent or guardian member!)


    For everyone, the Anniversary Celebration will be a great chance to catch up, connect, and imagine the creative opportunities of the future!




  • 2019-06-13 9:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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    Cruces Creatives in the Las Cruces Sun-News 

    Thanks to journalist Bethany Freudenthal and the great work that the makerspace community is doing, Cruces Creatives has been featured on the front page of the Las Cruces Sun-News twice in the last week! You can read the article on the upcoming makerspace anniversary here and the article on an especially important aspect of the ongoing murals here.




    Full-Size Refrigerator in Break Room

    Thanks to a donation from Beverly Denney, a full-size refrigerator is now available for use in the Cruces Creatives break room! Want to take a meal break without leaving the makerspace? The refrigerator—in conjunction with the microwaves and toaster oven—can make that much easier.




  • 2019-06-06 9:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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    STEM Education Programs Launching This Fall

    Thanks to funding from the NM STEM Outreach Center, Cruces Creatives will be launching or expanding five educational programs this fall! Programs include after-school learning, Saturday programs at Cruces Creatives, project-based learning for children and their parents/guardians, expanded mentoring through the HAZLO Program, and teacher training on how makerspace tools and resources can be integrated into curricula. Look for full details towards the end of the summer.


    Anniversary Survey

    One June 26, Cruces Creatives will be one year old! We’d love to hear how that first year has been for you and how the next years can be even better. You can share your feedback through a survey here; the information you provide will shape growth for the next years and provide data that can help bring in grant funding! To make sure your answers can be counted, please complete the survey by June 30.


  • 2019-05-30 9:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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    Wood Shop Fully Operational

    The HVAC renovations to the wood shop are finished, so the wood shop is now fully operational! With the HVAC renovations, all of the tools in the wood shop can be used in indoors: the table saws, CNC machines, milling machine, band saws, scroll saws, sliding compound miter saw, sanders, drill presses, lathes, hand tools, planer, jointer, and more. Let’s see what we can create!

    Robotic Arm for Education

    Thanks to On the Go Heating & Cooling, who completed the HVAC renovations in the wood shop, Cruces Creatives now has a multi-axis SCARA robotic arm, developed especially for education! After some setup, the SCARA arm will be a robust job training and creative tool.



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