Strings and Strategy

Strings and Strategy Vellone Guitars with Stefano Vellone   by Alisa L Brock Open Works Member Stefano Vellone is the owner and operator of Vellone Guitars, an acoustic/electric guitar company that got its start in his hometown Montreal, Canada. This luthier wasRead More

Traits vs Trends

Traits vs Trends AliceAnna with Patrice Gentile by Alisa L Brock Deoxyribonucleic Acid. I can remember  the very moment when I first found out the meaning of the letters in the abbreviated term we call DNA.  I  was about nine years oldRead More

Fright mad Fascinating Open Works Member Jason Farrell

By Alisa L Brock Who knew that scary could be so cool? I didn’t, until I met Open Works member Jason Farrell who has quite an eye for gore. As a nostalgia artist, Farrell recreates old horror movie mask for lovers ofRead More

Community S.T.E.A.M Pelican Fly LLC

Community S.T.E.A.M Pelican Fly by Alisa L Brock  The world as we know it is always changing.  Our technological norms are constantly shifting and advancing rapidly, and as it changes, it only makes sense that our youth’s education shift and advance rightRead More

Innovation & Espresso Aurora Bright Bikes

Innovation & Espresso Aurora Bright Bikes By Alisa L Brock   As I set with Flamenco singer, espresso lover and CEO of Aurora Bright Bikes, Gerard Poole, in his microstudio I learned more about bicycles than I thought I would in this lifetime.Read More

A Virtual Evolution Stephen Hendee

A VIRTUAL EVOLUTION Stephen Hendee by Alisa L Brock When I think of award winning Sculptor and Open Works member Stephen Hendee, the words visualizer, actualizer, and educator rest steady in my mainframe.  As I listened to Hendee describe his relationship toRead More

Curated Moments Karen Sawyer

Curated Moments   Karen Sawyer Events By Alisa L Brock There are certain elements that are embedded in the most memorable and joyous moments of our lives. These elements captivate us so much that we choose to make room for them inRead More

Made in Baltimore: Staffing Your Makerspace

Building a great team is critical to any business, and startups in particular. People are the absolute core of any makerspace, and that foundation starts with a smart, diligent, self-driven staff. Before coming on to the Open Works project, I didn’t haveRead More

Made in Baltimore: Marketing Your Makerspace

No matter how amazing your makerspace is, it’s not going to magically fill up with people if no one knows about it. Marketing is a critical piece of launching any small business or nonprofit, and it is often pushed to the backRead More

Made in Baltimore: Pricing Your Memberships for Everyone in the Community

Two weeks ago, Open Works Mobile made its debut at Artscape, Baltimore’s annual 3-day arts festival. Over 350,000 people came through for free concerts, local artists, and great food. At our tent, we had demos going with a desktop CNC and aRead More

Made in Baltimore: Makerspaces Offer Alternatives for Adult Education

Over the last century, adult education in America has traditionally followed in two basic tracks: college or trade school. A university degree generally set one off on a path to higher earnings in stable industries, and a vocational certificate set one offRead More

Made in Baltimore: Makerspaces as a Hub for Workforce Training

The notion of training people for specific jobs is a relatively recent phenomenon, growing out of an economy that has become increasingly specialized over the last century. America started out as an agrarian nation with a largely extractive economy: we grew stuff,Read More

Made in Baltimore: Creating a Mobile Makerspace

Over the course of planning our youth education programming, we’ve spent a lot of time in schools. Teachers have been uniformly excited about the idea of Open Works, particularly in ways it could expand opportunity for their students. Many were interested inRead More

Made in Baltimore: Maker Education

This past January, President Obama announced a $4.1 billion initiative to create and expand computer-science classes in public schools across the nation. His announcement came after a wave of alarmist research warning that America was lagging far behind the rest of theRead More

Made in Baltimore: Community Engagement for Makerspaces

We have been building Open Works on the premise everyone is a maker. In many ways, that is a radical notion, and one that doesn’t necessarily reflect the reality of Baltimore. Today the Baltimore City population is majority female and African-American with aRead More

Made in Baltimore: Outfitting Your Makerspace with Tools and Furniture

At the beginning of the design process, we had to develop a rough equipment spreadsheet for the architect so they could design adequate electrical and ventilation systems. As time went on, this was refined into a proper FF&E (Furniture, Fixtures, and Equipment)Read More

Made in Baltimore: Finding the Perfect Property

First, we had to narrow the search down from Baltimore as a whole to a workable region. The old truism about real estate – location, location, location – holds as true for makerspaces as anything else. We needed to be accessible toRead More

Made in Baltimore: Finding Your People

Baltimore itself is a maker city. In the mid-late 1800s, mills along the Jones Falls River produced more sailcloth than any other city in the world. Heavy industrial manufacturing began in the Victorian era, with the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad and Crown CorkRead More

Made in Baltimore: Developing Property

Open Works’ heritage can be traced back twenty years, to Dr. Robert W. Deutsch. He was a very successful entrepreneur who founded and led two companies in his lifetime: General Physics (1968 – 1987) and RWD Technologies (1988 – 2008). Based on hisRead More

Made in Baltimore: What Kind of Makerspace to Make?

In partnership with Make, we will be sharing the Open Works [] story over the next 9 months in an online column called Made in Baltimore. In keeping with Make’s mission and the open-source spirit of the maker movement, the column willRead More