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  • 2019-06-27 9:04 PM | Anonymous

     

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.



  • 2019-05-23 3:24 PM | Anonymous

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    One-Year Anniversary Celebration

    Come to the makerspace on Saturday, June 29, to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Cruces Creatives grand opening! There will be food and music; arts, crafts, and surplus tools/equipment for sale; and the chance to come together and celebrate everything we’ve accomplished in just one year!  


    Founding Membership Discounts Extended through June 29

    Cruces Creatives has officially passed 100 active members—woohoo!—but you can still lock in the discounted founding membership rate of $45 $35/month if you register as a member on or before the one-year anniversary celebration on June 29, 2019.


  • 2019-05-16 3:31 PM | Anonymous

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    Interactive Children’s Museum Exhibits Premiering this Saturday

    Earlier this year, Cruces Creatives and Ngage New Mexico partnered to design and make traveling children's museum exhibits for kids to explore, play, and learn with. The exhibits are now finished and ready to use, so this Saturday, families with kids ages 1-8 are invited to come try the interactive, educational exhibits! For more information, visithttp://www.crucescreatives.org/event-3387281.


    Wood Shop Ventilation and HVAC Work Starting May 20 

    The eagerly anticipated upgrades to the ventilation and HVAC systems in the wood shop start May 20! While the work is being completed (at least May 20 to May 25), expect full or partial closures of the wood shop. When the upgrades are finished, the wood shop will be fully operational, and well be able to use every tool in the wood shop indoors!


    Mural Art at the Makerspace

    Thanks to SABA, Arturo Uribe, the Barricade Culture Shop, and dozens of volunteer artists from around the country, Cruces Creatives is getting splashes of color and imagery through the “Illegal (?) Art Show”! Through at least May 25, the work will change and grow with feedback from the makerspace community. Come by to see the progress!



  • 2019-05-09 3:42 PM | Anonymous

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    Writers Workshop Starting

    Starting on May 18, there will be a free writers workshop every first and third Saturday at Cruces Creatives! For more information or to register, visit http://www.crucescreatives.org/event-3374763.


    Call for Music

    Sometimes, classes and events at the makerspace can be even better with music! To bring music into the makerspace, respect public performance rights, and promote local songwriting and musicianship, Cruces Creatives is inviting submissions of original music. For more information, visit http://www.crucescreatives.org/event-3398260. All genres are welcome!


  • 2019-03-14 1:33 PM | Anonymous

    $25,000 Endowment Established for Cruces Creatives!

    Thanks to the generosity of Beverly Denney, who made a donation in memory of her late partner Ron Tipton, Cruces Creatives now has a $25,000 endowment through the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico! This endowment will be an important source of operating funds and a foundation for future growth—it’s a huge boost to our community makerspace!

    To celebrate the new opportunities offered by the endowment and to thank Beverly for her tremendous generosity, all makerspace members and volunteers are invited to a light brunch with Beverly at Cruces Creatives 10:00 a.m. to noon. If you can attend, please RSVP at http://www.crucescreatives.org/event-3316977.

    Call for Summer Camp Instructors

    Do you have an idea for using the resources at Cruces Creatives to help children develop their skills in science, technology, engineering, art, or mathematics (STEAM)? If so, email Pat DeSimio atp.desimio@crucescreatives.org--Cruces Creatives is planning a variety of youth summer camps, and you could be part of the team putting together fun and educational programs for kids in Las Cruces.

    Mini Maker Faire in Albuquerque April 6 and 7

    On the first weekend in April, there’s a Maker Faire in Albuquerque! It’s like a science fair, but focused on creating things—or, in the words of the organizers, “the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth - a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness.” For more information or to sign up, visit https://albuquerque.makerfaire.com/.


  • 2019-02-28 1:26 PM | Anonymous

    A/V Room Phase 1 Renovations Completed

    Volunteers Micah Pearson and Paul Larkin have completed the first phase of renovations for the A/V Room! The improvements included building work stations on casters to make the space fully configurable, installing foam panels over Lohman-facing windows to reduce street noise and control light, creating an elegant storage system for the equipment, and painting the walls and parts of the ceiling black for better lighting control.

    Project: Traveling Exhibit for Children's Science Museum

    In partnership with Ngage New Mexico, Cruces Creatives is developing interactive exhibits for a mobile children’s museum. At several stages in the process, community members will be invited to help build the exhibits using makerspace tools. For more information, click here and here.   


    Cruces Creatives Voted Most Loved Arts Center

    Users of the parenting site HulaFrog voted Cruces Creatives the most loved arts center in Las Cruces! Thanks, everybody in the community who makes Cruces Creatives such a special place. For more information, click here






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