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  • 2019-09-05 5:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


                  09.05.19

    Welcome to the September 5 issue of the Cruces Creatives weekly newsletter. This is a place where you can keep up-to-date with big news at the makerspace, and learn about cool projects that your community members make.

    The newsletter is published each Thursday. If you have makerspace news or announcements that you’d like to submit for the weekly newsletter, please email Pat DeSimio (p.desimio@crucescreatives.org) by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday.

    News 

    Art Ramble/MESA Art Show this Friday!

    This month’s first Friday Art Ramble is a big one! Thanks to partnerships with the MESA Project, the University Art Museum at New Mexico State University, and Friends of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks, as well as generous funding from ArtPlace AmericaCruces Creatives is hosting a multifaceted, interactive, themed art show on the intersections between agriculture and the environment. The evening features:

    • Exhibits from multiple local artists and the Friends of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks visiting artist Deborah Burian;
    • A paint-by-numbers mural in the break room that attendees can help paint;
    • Free tapas, including vegetarian and vegan options, from Chala’s Wood Fired Grill;
    • For those of legal drinking age, beer and wine provided by a licensed server;
    • An all-original open mic from 6:45-8:00 p.m., with environmental themes especially encouraged; and
    • Live music from award-winning local roots duo, Old-Time Pharmaceuticals, 6:00-6:45 p.m. and 8:00-9:00 p.m.


    Wood Shop Power Automation Coming September 6

    To help keep people safe in the wood shop, Cruces Creatives uses a lock-out system on tools that should only be operated by people with appropriate training. Until this Friday, you would have noticed padlocks on the power cords to tools like the table saw, which the back monitors unlock only for people with appropriate safety training. On many tools, the padlocks are going away—but the safety isn’t.

    As part of a transition to a more efficient card-swipe system—in which people with safety training on a tool can swipe their Cruces Creatives RFID card to unlock that tool—IT Officer Jeff Moore has created an electronic system that back monitors can use to control power to several wood shop tools. Instead of going to a computer, checking the safety training status of people wanting to use a tool, finding the appropriate key, and then unlocking a tool padlock, back monitors can now use a tablet or a specially configured phone to confirm the safety trainings of everyone in the wood shop and electronically lock or unlock tools. After this new system for electronically controlling tool access is successfully piloted, we can move toward a card-swipe system, in which safety training is confirmed electronically and the safety locking/unlocking system for tools is automated.

     





















     



  • 2019-08-29 5:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


                  08.29.19

    Welcome to the August 29 issue of the Cruces Creatives weekly newsletter. This is a place where you can keep up-to-date with big news at the makerspace, and learn about cool projects that your community members make.

    The newsletter is published each Thursday. If you have makerspace news or announcements that you’d like to submit for the weekly newsletter, please email Pat DeSimio (p.desimio@crucescreatives.org) by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday.

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    Cruces Creatives Job Shop Officially Launching!

    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!



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    Interactive children's museum exhibits for Ngage New Mexico


  • 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


  • 2019-08-22 5:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


                  08.22.19

    Welcome to the August 22 issue of the Cruces Creatives weekly newsletter. This is a place where you can keep up-to-date with big news at the makerspace, and learn about cool projects that your community members make.

    The newsletter is published each Thursday. If you have makerspace news or announcements that you’d like to submit for the weekly newsletter, please email Pat DeSimio (p.desimio@crucescreatives.org) by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday.

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    Super Special First First on September 6

    This upcoming first Friday will be a mighty special one! It’s an interactive art show on the intersections between agriculture and the environment, featuring

    • Gallery exhibits of multiple local artists and the Friends of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks visiting artist Deborah Burian;
    • A paint-by-numbers style mural that attendees can help paint;
    • Free tapas from Chala’s Wood Fired Grill;
    • For those of legal drinking age, beer and wine provided by a licensed server;
    • An all-original open mic from 6:45-8:00 p.m., with environmental themes especially encouraged; and
    • Live music from an award-winning local roots duo, Old-Time Pharmaceuticals, from 6:00-6:45 p.m. and 8:00-9:00 p.m.

    The event is hosted in partnership among Cruces Creatives, the Meetings for Environmentally Sustainable Agriculture (MESA) Project, Friends of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks, and the Art Gallery at New Mexico State University. The evening is funded through a grant from ArtPlace America.

    To RSVP, visit http://www.crucescreatives.org/event-3477210.

    Paint-by-Numbers Community Mural Update

    From 711 votes, we have a design choice for the paint-by-numbers community mural! It’s the bright, stylized design by Eugenia “AO” Carmona, and the organizing team is in the process of scheduling free workshops/painting parties for the mural in September.


     
























  • 2019-08-15 5:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


                  08.15.19

    Welcome to the August 15 issue of the Cruces Creatives weekly newsletter. This is a place where you can keep up-to-date with big news at the makerspace, and learn about cool projects that your community members make.

    The newsletter is published each Thursday. If you have makerspace news or announcements that you’d like to submit for the weekly newsletter, please email Pat DeSimio (p.desimio@crucescreatives.org) by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday.

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    More Mural!

    We’ve got all sorts of wonderful murals on the outside of Cruces Creatives now—but what about the inside? Well, as part of the MESA Art Show on the intersections between agriculture and the environment, Cruces Creatives will be getting a pattern of prominent local crops as break room mural, designed by artist Victor Beckman.

    Vacuum Press for 2D Art

    Thanks to a donation from Reviver Printing, Cruces Creatives now has a 4’ x 6’ vacuum press! This tool allows mounting, laminating, and texturing for 2D artworks, and it’ll be a great complement to the 2D art classes at the makerspace. Watch the event calendar for training in how to use this tool.


     









  • 2019-08-12 5:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Special Announcement:

    Educational Programs for 4th-5th Graders and 3rd-6th Graders

    Later this month, two exciting educational programs are launching at Cruces Creatives!

    STEAM Team Saturdays

    STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics) Team Saturdays offer project-based, hands-on learning for 4th and 5th grade LCPS students over the course of the 2019-2020 school year. In alignment with and enhancement of common core learning standards, topics for the program include coding, electronics, sculpting, measuring, working in wood, using a drill, learning to iron, conductivity, using vinyl, hydraulics, and much more. This program is funded by the New Mexico STEM Outreach Center, and it’s free to 4th and 5th graders attending the Las Cruces Public School system. For more information or to register, visit http://www.crucescreatives.org/event-3511978


    Homeschool Science and History Classes

    For 3rd-6th grade homeschool students, the upcoming Homeschool Science and History Classes will offer hands-on projects and learning! For participants who are not members of the makerspace, the program is by donation; for makerspace members, the program is free. For more information or to register for the science classes, visit http://www.crucescreatives.org/event-3511282; for history classes, visit http://www.crucescreatives.org/event-3511300.



  • 2019-08-08 5:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


                  08.08.19

    Welcome to the August 8 issue of the Cruces Creatives weekly newsletter. This is a place where you can keep up-to-date with big news at the makerspace, and learn about cool projects that your community members make.

    The newsletter is published each Thursday. If you have makerspace news or announcements that you’d like to submit for the weekly newsletter, please email Pat DeSimio (p.desimio@crucescreatives.org) by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday.

    News 

    STEAM Saturdays Launching!

    Starting on August 31, the Kids' Classroom is going to be bustling each Saturday morning with STEAM education projects: conductive, interactive ajebrijes; hydraulic arms and mazes; Rube Goldberg machines, and powered flying machines! 

    The participants, twelve 4th and 5th graders selected by the New Mexico STEM Outreach Center, will be learning through hands-on projects every Saturday through the 2019/2020 school year. 

    Cruces Creatives Survey

    Cruces Creatives is now just over one year old! If you haven’t already, please consider sharing your input through a quick survey to shape the next years’ growth! To fill out the survey, visit https://forms.gle/pNAx3nJidfoJKtqNA.



  • 2019-08-07 1:47 PM | Anonymous

    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.


  • 2019-08-02 5:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


                  08.02.19

    Welcome to the August 2 issue of the Cruces Creatives weekly newsletter. This is a place where you can keep up-to-date with big news at the makerspace, and learn about cool projects that your community members make.

    The newsletter is published each Thursday (or the occasional Friday). If you have makerspace news or announcements that you’d like to submit for the weekly newsletter, please email Pat DeSimio (p.desimio@crucescreatives.org) by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday.

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    It's First Friday!

    It’s first Friday, which means an art ramble at Cruces Creatives! This month’s event features a raw and compelling screen-printing collection with artist Chris Preciado-Shelton, owner of local screen printing business Reviver Printing, as well as an all-original open mic. Click here (http://www.crucescreatives.org/event-3504118) for more info.


    Photography Club Coming to Cruces Creatives!

    Cruces Creatives is excited to welcome the Doña Ana Photography Club, which will host learning presentations on photography every first and third Tuesday of the month! The first presentation, on pet photography, will be on August 20 at 7:00 p.m. For more information or to register, click here.


    Voting for Paint-by-Numbers Community Mural

    Thanks to generous funding from the Rumphius Foundation and the support of Branigan Library and the City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation department, Cruces Creatives is leading a mural project to beautify the amphitheater wall at Branigan Library--and with the mural's paint-by-numbers design, community members can help paint the mural!

    First, we need to choose the mural design—and there are two excellent finalists! To see the designs and cast your vote, click here.







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