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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.
Laser Cutter Ventilation Installed
A ventilation system for the laser cutter is installed, so this powerful tool is now fully operational! In the coming weeks and months, look for training classes on how to use the laser cutter safely and effectively. Special thanks, too, to Michael Harris and Evan Salazar of Visgence, Inc., who have indefinitely loaned the laser cutter to the community.
Expanded Hours Starting Sunday, Feb. 17
Thanks to our volunteer monitors, Cruces Creatives will be open on Sundays from 1:00-5:00 p.m. starting on February 17! Come on in and enjoy the additional time to learn, make, and connect.
Help Shape Las Cruces
Las Cruces Parks & Recreation is looking for input to help shape the future of parks and recreation programming in Las Cruces. Take a short, 5-minute survey to make your voice heard: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LasCrucesParks. For more information about the plan, visit http://lascrucesparksplan.halff.com/.
HAZLO Foundation Mentor Training
The HAZLO (Make It/Do It) Program is starting this month! In this program, students work with community mentors to complete hands-on projects that the students propose. A training workshop for program mentors will be held on Feb. 16, and if you would be interested in helping students build life and academic skills through real-world projects, you’re invited to attend. To register, visit http://www.crucescreatives.org/event-3261106. As preparation for the workshop, please complete a mentor application form, available at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdZh7lo58Z3AI0bN7M15DjFfD1O_9J9ks_pVhfLFzBkJC9k-A/viewform.
Sunday Hours Starting Feb. 17
Thanks to monitors Christopher Consaul, Matt Hawn, Sara Jones, John Miller, and Robyn Tierney, Cruces Creatives will be open from 1:00-5:00 p.m. on Sundays starting Feb. 17!
Want to be part of the all-volunteer team that runs Cruces Creatives? Take training to be a monitor and help support the day-to-day work of creativity in the makerspace—also, the more monitors Cruces Creatives has, the more hours the makerspace can be open! The next training for back monitors is on Feb. 9 (http://www.crucescreatives.org/event-3176254), and the next training for front monitors is on Feb. 16 (http://www.crucescreatives.org/event-3176265). Monitors who volunteer three or more hours a week are thanked with a free membership to enjoy the makerspace they help create
Pursue a Grant with Cruces Creatives
Do you have an idea to do good stuff using the makerspace? There might be grant funding for that idea!
If you’re interested in leading a Cruces Creatives project for work in education, the arts, economic development, the environment, and/or science and technology, complete a grant project proposal form at https://goo.gl/forms/x2sxajgNYpXatwlp1, and a member of the grantwriting team will contact you through the email address you provide in the form. Let’what we can make possible together!
Teach a Class or Workshop
Do you have an idea for a class or workshop you’d like to lead at the makerspace? You can propose it at https://crucescreatives.org/Propose-a-Program.
Interested in being part of the all-volunteer team that keeps Cruces Creatives running on a day-to-day basis? Take a class to become a monitor! Back monitor training (for work in the woodshop, electronics room, and bike shop) will be held on Saturday, Jan. 12, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and front monitor training (for work at the front desk, kids’ room, textile room, audiovisual room, classroom and conference room, main room, and multipurpose room) will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19. Monitors who volunteer three hours a week are thanked with a membership to Cruces Creatives.
For more information or to register for back monitor training, visit http://www.crucescreatives.org/event-3176248; for front monitor training, visit http://www.crucescreatives.org/event-3176263.
From 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12, there’s a seedshare at Cruces Creatives. Come to this free event to learn about heirloom plants and trade seeds (you don’t have to bring seeds to get seeds, but please bring some seeds, bulbs, tubers, or cuttings if you can). The event includes a potluck lunch—if you’d like to join the potluck, bring a dish. For more information, visit http://www.crucescreatives.org/event-3198327.
Cruces Creatives Art Ramble
This first Friday is going to be one special art ramble! The evening features an art show by RV Madrigal & Rio Sangre Art Collective; live performances by Lizard King, Henry Hartig, Hannah Antholzner, and Gonzalo Charles; and an all-original open mic for songwriters, poets, storytellers, comics, composers, and more. The art ramble starts at 5:00 p.m., and signup for the open mic starts at 6:30 p.m. For more information, see http://crucescreatives.org/event-3170849 and http://crucescreatives.org/event-317441.
Looking for a community of artists, designers, engineers, and makers to support you, give feedback on your work, and share knowledge? Creative Crits is the event for you! The meetings start with a mini-lesson (a 15- to 20-minute overview of an idea or technique) followed by individual critiques. The first Creative Crit will be held on January 8 from 6:30-8:30 p.m., with a mini-lesson focusing on photography for portfolio. Moving forward, Creative Crits will be held on the second Tuesday of each month. For more information, visit http://crucescreatives.org/event-3176355.
2018 Donation and Tax-Deduction Letters
This past year has been an amazing whirlwind of events, donations, community building, learning, making, and more. As we wrap up the accounting for 2018, we want to make sure you got your tax letters. If you made a donation and haven't gotten your letter, let us know (by email firstname.lastname@example.org) and we'll send a replacement.
Our charitable crafting group finished filling the donation bags this morning, and representatives from Jardin de los Niños came to pick up 60 Christmas handmade bags each filled with 2 or 3 books, socks/ underwear/ hats/ wash clothes/ blankets, toys, an ornament, and a handmade toy. Many thanks to the many people and groups who helped to make this all possible!
To read more about this Charitable Crafting project see:
Cruces Creatives News
The fourth Saturday meeting of Charitable Crafting was rather quiet. It was me. Don't get me wrong, I think people should have been spending time with their families on that Saturday after Thanksgiving. Or traveling, or napping, for that matter. I - on the other hand - haven't been able to spend a lot of time sewing this semester, so that was perfect for me.
The Christmas Bags Project has been rolling along, and when I got there this morning the bag count was 32, and they are hanging up on the wall, so beautiful! Thanks to Misha, for providing some pictures that I didn't think of taking myself!
Cruces Creative Kids
Work on the Kids' Room is well underway, and a day-long Cruces Creative Kids program was held during the Artisan Fair on December 15. As the space grows, it will provide access to engaging childcare and educational programming for all children ages 4-13 and offer a rich learning environment designed to help children acquire the skills they need to be successful in school and life. If you'd like to be involved in designing and equipping the room or developing programs, email Hannah Treder at email@example.com.
The charitable crafting project just delivered 60 handmade gift bags with books, ornaments, handmade toys, clothing, and baby blankets to children at Casa de Peregrinos and Jardín de los Niños. The charitable group will be choosing the next project this Saturday, December 22--come on out to help select the project.
Cruces Creatives is closed for the holidays starting on December 23 and reopens on January 2. May you have safe and happy holidays, and see you in the new year!
The first annual Artisan Fair is this Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.! If you’re looking for locally made gifts for the holidays, visit to see the work of multiple local artisans and to enjoy live music, kids' activities, and a silent auction.
The deadline to apply for the pilot class of the HAZLO Program, which helps kids and young adults develop academic and life skills by making real-world projects with a mentor, is 11:59 p.m. on Friday, December 21.
To apply as a student or mentor, complete a student or mentor application form at https://crucescreatives.org/page-18139. For selected projects, the HAZLO Foundation covers all project expenses, including membership to Cruces Creatives.
Thanks to an indefinite loan from the Farm & Ranch Heritage museum, there’s now a large floor loom available at Cruces Creatives!