The end of 2013 has coincided with starting to get our programming and promotional machine running, with higher volume and more diverse programming at the Department of Making + Doing. An obvious choice around the holidays was to offer several gift-making workshops. At our pre-Thanksgiving event where participants could make laser cut and woodblock prints, a pop-up book, and use the vinyl cutter to make custom t-shirt designs, there were very few people pre-registered, but the turnout was great. The post-Thanksgiving event had the space packed with adults and kids, many of whom had never been to our space before.
In addition to these encouraging signs of attendance at our first few events, the spirits of our partners have been bolstered by a recent successful completion of a Kickstarter for one of our partner organizations, The Hacktory. The campaign raised over $12,000 from over 260 backers to fund a residency for artists to learn to incorporate technology into their work, and garnered an article on NBC10. The Hacktory aims to implement the program in spring 2014.