April 5, 2016
The April 2016 issue of Hour Detroit features an article by Patrick Dunn on the Brightmoor Maker Space at Detroit Community Schools.
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.
Image: Jesse David Green