Increasingly, cities have adopted "Maker" as a more inclusive term for Artists and entrepreneurs. With long-standing events like the Maker Faire in the region and Oakland's own Mini-Maker faire there is an evolving appreciation for the Bay's ingenuity. Often that looks like cooking your grandmothers recipes, or designing furniture, or making natural hair products. We understand the importance of creating, articulating, and funding infrastructure that supports makers, micro- and nano- businesses as part of a resilient and innovative economy with a competitive advantages in the region. We see our Pop-up to Permanent and Vacant to Vibrant Programs as part of this work.
Did you know Oakland is an official Maker City? Beyond the list of resources and places you can find here, the city has adopted the international city framework of FabLabs, a great summary can be found here. Did you know that Oakland has a FabLab at Laney College? It is amazing.
Popuphood collaborated with them on a few projects for our Pop-up Market and we are super impressed with the gleaming shop and their innovative vision for education in Oakland.
However, the Maker movement has to center an equity framework. Its why we are prioritizing vendors of color at our market later this month. Its also why we were excited about #BlackMakers.
There is a national movement connecting makers in every city called Nation of Makers. Its only fitting that in Black History Month we shine a light on #BlackMakers as their recent February newsletter did and share a few of their favorite sources here:
A curated list of some of the many Black Makers in our community
Every weekday in the month of February, our friends at Adafruit will be sharing stories and figures that honor Black History Month
Celebrating the rich heritage and innovations of Black inventors
National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
Supporting and celebrating Black engineers. Check out their #BlackSTEMLikeMe campaign!
@artlabplus (Art Lab Plus) - A free digital art studio for teens, housed in The Smithsonian Institute's Hirshhorn Museum
@nccuFabLab (NCCU FabLab) - The Fab Lab at North Carolina Central University (a Historical Black University (HBCU))
@sjsacademy (Social Justice Sewing Academy) - An arts program that uses sewing as a vehicle for conversations, community cohesion and social change
@meetmakersofcolor (Meet Makers of Color) - Celebrating Makers of Color in the sewing and textiles community