The Brightmoor Maker Space is slated to open this spring at Detroit Community Schools (DCS), a charter school on the edge of the beleaguered area. The project is the latest result of a long-running partnership between DCS and the University of Michigan’s (U‑M) Stamps School of Art & Design. U‑M raised more than $30,000 for the space through a campaign on the crowdfunding website Patronicity and got additional matching funds of $75,000 from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
The money helped fund the renovation of a 3,200-square-foot area in an outbuilding on the back of DCS’ 120,000-square-foot former industrial property. The makerspace includes equipment like a miter saw, a kiln, a 3‑D printer, and a band saw, for use both in Detroit Community High School (DCH) classes and by members of the Brightmoor community at large.