Brightmoor Maker Space at Detroit Community Schools

What if 200 Detroit kids could learn how to design and build furniture?
Or build solar-powered lamps to make neighborhood streets safer?
Or start a t-shirt-making business, using handmade screen prints?
What if one of Detroit’s more isolated neighborhoods had a maker space?


The Stamps School is working with its community partners in Detroit’s northwest Brightmoor neighborhood to repurpose a vacant building into the Brightmoor Maker Space at Detroit Community Schools, a community workshop for building skills and an incubator for new enterprise. The Brightmoor Maker Space will be a home for a community of makers, offering art & design workshops from prototyping and 3D printing, to hands on work in wood, to entrepreneurship programming, and more.

Through the generosity of 147 donors, our summer 2015 Patronicity fundraising campaign raised more than $31,000 to help make the Maker Space a reality. This success was a catalyst, setting off a chain of matching gifts to fund the launch of the Brightmoor Maker Space at Detroit Community Schools: the Patronicity campaign total qualified us for $25,000 in matching funds from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, and the resulting total - $50,000 - will be matched by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s $50,000 grant for a total of $100,000.

Construction is set to begin in winter 2016; stay tuned for details!

2015 Patronicity Campaign video


Learn more about the Brightmoor Maker Space at Detroit Community Schools:

Patronicity: Brightmoor Maker Space Campaign
Stamps School to Launch New Maker Space in Detroit