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  • 2018-11-04 10:28 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Home Stretch Fundraiser

    We’re almost there!

    As a community this year, we’ve raised over $250,000 to establish and equip the makerspace. If we can raise $50,000 more, we can bring the makerspace through its startup period and establish Cruces Creatives as a permanent resource for everyone in Las Cruces. We’re already 5/6 of the way there!


    If you appreciate the makerspace and what it does for the community, please contribute. 

    This is the most impactful time for you to give


    Why Your Help is Important

    Cruces Creatives is on track to be entirely self-sufficient in 2019. 

    Since the opening on June 26, 2018, just a little over four months ago, there’s been rapid growth:

    • 200+ events
    • Over 800 people involved through events and/or memberships
    • Almost 80 members—by the end of the year, we’re on track to reach 100



    If we can maintain this growth (and there are plans in place to increase it), Cruces Creatives will, by 2019, be able to pay for all of its expenses using revenue from memberships, programs, and events.

    The current donations of $250,000 in tools, time, and money have made Cruces Creatives a mighty special space. With the Home Stretch Fundraiser, your contributions can bring Cruces Creatives through the remainder of the start-up period and turn the makerspace into a permanent asset for Las Cruces.




    Now is the time when your support will make the biggest difference



  • 2018-11-01 4:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    The first Cruces Creatives Trunk-or-Treat was a wonderful success! At least 400 kids and families came through the doors to do crafts, face-painting, shadow puppetry, and games, photo shoots, bouncy-house jumping, go through our decorated trunk-or-treat cars, and more.

    Just a few of the amazing costumes that came through!


    Face painting!


    Trunk-or-treat and shadow puppets!


    Bounce-house - have to burn some of that candy off!



    Crafts and cotton-candy from a caldron!



    Makerspace made decorations all over!


    Even the in-house made arcade system was in the holiday mood!


    Games and more


    And always the end of night supplies

    It was a wonderful night. A great big thanks to the many volunteers who made this event possible and to all the families who made it out. 


    Just some of the many volunteers who made this year's Trunk-or-Treat possible - thank you!


    If you are interested in helping next year's Trunk-or-Treat event, or if you'd like to help at other special events, please reach out to Jordon Kopreski, our Volunteer Coordinator, at j.kopreski@crucescreatives.org



  • 2018-11-01 9:16 AM | Anonymous

    First Friday Arts

    Join Cruces Creatives this Friday for visual arts and music, with an art gallery exhibit from Felicia Castro and nomadic roots music from Ordinary Elephant, International Folk Music Awards artist of the year. For more information, visit https://crucescreatives.org/event-3103342 and https://crucescreatives.org/event-3098771. The art gallery exhibit is free, and the performance fromOrdinary Elephant is by donation. 


    Recap on Trunk-Or-Treat

    The first Trunk-Or-Treat, with at least 400 kids and families, was a success! Read more here.


    Upcoming Fundraiser

    To complete the work of making the makerspace, an end-of-the-year fundraiser launches tomorrow. Keep a lookout for the announcement!


       

                                                                 







  • 2018-10-25 9:10 AM | Anonymous

    Trunk or Treat & More

    Trunk or Treat & More at Cruces Creatives is coming up today, Friday October 26th, from 4:00-7:00 p.m.! Come to Cruces Creatives for games, movies, Teal Pumpkin treats, photo ops, popcorn, cotton candy, and more—plus, use the private parking lot to trunk or treat. For more information, visithttps://crucescreatives.org/event-3099105.



    Artisan Fair

    If you’re looking for locally made gifts for the holidays, visit the first annual Artisan Fair from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on December 15 to see the work of multiple local artisans and crafters. The fair also features live music, kids' activities, and a silent auction. If you're an artisan or crafter, you can be part of the first annual Artisan Fair. Showcase your best work and gain valuable experience in marketing your original art-work. For more information, visit https://crucescreatives.org/event-3108863.


    Shape the Comprehensive Plan for the City of Las Cruces

    Share your thoughts on the City’s new comprehensive plan by taking a surveyin English or Español. The comprehensive plan serves as a guide for future development and redevelopment for the next 20 years and beyond, and your input can help shape the growth of Las Cruces.


  • 2018-10-18 9:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


                  10.18

    Welcome to the October 18 issue of the Cruces Creatives weekly newsletter. This is a place where you can see a calendar of upcoming events, keep up-to-date with big news at the makerspace, and learn about cool projects that your community members make.

    This newsletter will be 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 

    Trunk or Treat

    Looking for a safe place to Celebrate Halloween with your kids? Come to Cruces Creatives for games, movies, Teal Pumpkin treats, photo ops, popcorn, cotton candy, and more—plus, use the private parking lot to trunk or treat. For more information, visithttps://crucescreatives.org/event-3099105.



    International Folk Music Awards Artist of the Year Performing at Cruces Creatives 

    Folk music duo Ordinary Elephant, Artist of the Year atthe 2017 International Folk Music Awards, will be sharing songs and insightsinto songwriting from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Friday, November 2. Tickets areavailable by donation at the door and at https://crucescreatives.org/event-3098771.

     









    Upcoming Weekly Events


    Special Events

    Knitting for the Absolute Beginner, FREE for Members / Open to all, Oct 18

    Figure Drawing/Painting Model Session, Oct 19

    Weekly Community Bike Shop, FREE, Oct 20

    Figure Drawing/Painting Model Session, Oct 20

    Introductory 3D Printing, Oct. 24

    Improve Your Handwriting (On the way to Calligraphy), Oct 25

    Trunk or Treat & More, FREE, Oct. 26

    Weekly Community Bike Shop, FREE, Oct. 27

    Figure Drawing/Painting Model Session, Oct 27

    Charitable Crafting Project, FREE, Oct. 27


    Training Events

    Introduction to Audio Recording, FREE for Members, Oct 18

    Intro to Bikes and Bike Tools, FREE, Oct 20 

    Basic Textile Lab Safety Training, FREE for Members, Oct 20

    Advanced Textile Lab Safety Training, FREE for Members, Oct 20

    Basic Wood Shop Safety Training (pre-HVAC), FREE for Members, Oct. 24

    Intro to Bikes and Bike Tools, FREE, Oct. 27


    Volunteer Opportunity

    Front Monitor Training, Oct 20

    Back Monitor Training, Oct 23


    Members get 10% off all paid events, entry to member-only events, plus access to tools, space, community and more.


  • 2018-10-18 8:58 AM | Anonymous

    Trunk or Treat        

    Looking for a safe place to Celebrate Halloween with your kids? Come to Cruces Creatives for games, movies, Teal Pumpkin treats, photo ops, popcorn, cotton candy, and more—plus, use the private parking lot to trunk or treat. For more information, visithttps://crucescreatives.org/event-3099105.


    International Folk Music Awards Artist of the Year Performing at Cruces Creatives 

    Folk music duo Ordinary Elephant, Artist of the Year atthe 2017 International Folk Music Awards, will be sharing songs and insightsinto songwriting from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Friday, November 2. Tickets areavailable by donation at the door and at https://crucescreatives.org/event-3098771.


  • 2018-10-11 11:51 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Local makerspace partners with the New Mexico Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

    LAS CRUCES, SEPTEMBER 13, 2018-- The Cruces Creatives makerspace is proud to announce that it has formally become listed as a vendor with the New Mexico Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (NMDVR). With this listing, people receiving services from NMDVR can have an annual membership to the makerspace included as part of their work plan.

    Micah Pearson, Cruces Creatives volunteer team member and community mental health advocate spoke about the partnership. “From the outset our mission has been to connect our members with the necessary tools, skills, training, and community to turn their ideas into reality. Realizing this synergized with the goals of [NMDVR], we reached out and quickly found that both of our organizations, and more importantly the community at-large, would benefit from our collaboration.”

    Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) is a State and Federally funded program designed to help eligible individuals with documented disabilities find suitable employment. VR is a voluntary program, and services persons who want to work. With a long history of success and proven methodology for making the best fits, time and again, NMDVR is committed to helping their clients succeed. As of 2017 8,821 New Mexicans received vocational rehabilitation services including: medical treatment, guidance and counseling, training and job seeking skills and received an average 210% wage increase after successful rehabilitation. (Source: 2017 NMDVR annual report http://www.dvr.state.nm.us/uploads/FileLinks/48fe3884b4b04d5c9942fc99ddaf9bd1/2017AnnualReport.pdf)

    If you or someone you know are already receiving or could benefit from the services of NMDVR and feel that they could also benefit from the wide variety of skills training and tools available at the makerspace, call the Las Cruces DVR office at (575) 437-6550 ask about adding a Cruces Creatives Membership to your work plan today.


  • 2018-10-11 8:54 AM | Anonymous

    News 

    Partnership with Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

    Cruces Creatives is now listed as a vendor with the New Mexico Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (NMDVR), a State and Federally funded program designed to help eligible individuals with documented disabilities find suitable employment. With Cruces Creatives now registered as a vendor, people receiving services from NMDVR can have an annual membership to the makerspace included as part of their work plan. Click here for more info.


    Cruces Creatives T-Shirts for Fundraising

    If you’d like a Cruces Creatives t-shirt, you can place an order until October 15 at https://crucescreatives.org/event-3078934. The t-shirts were designed by local artists at NMCO Media and will be screenprinted in Las Cruces by Chris Shelton of Reviver Printing. The shirts will shipped or available for pickup at Cruces Creatives starting on November 16.


  • 2018-10-10 1:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Recently the Velo Bicycle Hub, located in Cruces Creatives, was featured on News 22

    Check out the video

    The Hub is featured between 6:00 - 8:15. 

    Congrats Velo!

  • 2018-09-24 11:47 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    From member: Dina Honeycutt

    SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2018


    Fall is officially in the air, with the Autumnal Equinox. Time to get crafting for Christmas!

    not the last things in the cut-out pile, but definitely falling out of season...


    The first crafting project of making kids clothes for school is winding down. Yes I finished a couple more pairs of shorts, and there are a few other garments to collect, and donate, but it is time to look forward to the next project.

    So, let me tell you about our next project! We are making tote bags, and then filling them for Jardin de los Ninos to give away to the families they serve. Jardin de los Ninos is an early childhood education center that serves homeless, and nearly homeless children and their families, here in Las Cruces. Every year they give some gifts to the children in their programs, and their siblings. This year they predict they will need gifts for about 50 children. Charitable Crafting is teaming up with Cruces Creatives Makerspace to provide those 50 children with gifts.

    First step, tote bags. A cloth tote bag is a useful item for nearly anyone, and easy and fun to make.
    pretty tote bags, already in progress
    Like last time, the project has inspired someone to take flight. Sarah Jones has been working on a pattern, that she will post on the Cruces Creatives web site, for anyone interested in making (and hopefully donating) a tote bag to our efforts. Of course we won't require all totes to be the same size, but we are looking at 13" wide x 15" tall x 4" deep, or there about. We are also - if you can tell - not concentrating on Christmas-y totes, as we want our recipients to be able to use them year round. If you aren't sure how to make a tote, Sarah is also working on a beginner sewing class and the project will be, you guessed it, a tote bag. It's a great beginner project, really!
    Sarah's latest tote, Love the floral!
    Once the bags are made, we hope to fill them with a toy (preferably made by someone at Cruces Creatives, or the Charitable Crafting group), a book, and some socks, underwear and pajamas. For that Christmas touch, a Christmas Ornament will also be included. The bike shop got busy on ornaments for us, and on October 10th, this is happening...

    Bike Chain Holiday Ornaments with VeloCruces


    October 10th is also our next meeting. So I hope you can join us cutting out tote bags, or sewing one up! Did I say our goal was 50? It is! Do you need more inspiration? How about this bag made of linen and cute Winnie the Pooh fabric!

    The cuteness!


    From the blog Createlivity, written by Dina Honeycutt


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