Arts & Craftsman Workshop, located at 308 SW Van Buren, will soon be available to local makers, innovators and artists seeking to better their craft. Owner David Corr wants the new makerspace to be a place where its members can create, socialize and share their skills. As the former 712 Innovations Equipment Technician and Trainer David has the knowhow and the resources to help you with your makers project.

As defined by David, “[Arts & Craftsman Workshop] is a place where a diverse group of people can come in to make noise, create and connect.” Members are welcome and encouraged to use the equipment and tools available to bring their ideas to life; whether it be 3D printed box guitar, or an art installation completely made from found parts. It should be noted, though, that Arts & Craftsman is not a prototyping facility.

Once a part of 712 Innovations, the makerspace will not only expand its space but also its resources at its new location. According to David, this transition will “make it a complete space, with a complete woodshop and metal shop.” The available equipment includes, but is not limited to, 3D printers, laser cutters, a shopbox, a vinyl cutter and various forms of audio equipment. Members will also enjoy open parking available any time of the day.

David has many aspirations for Arts & Craftsman – one of which is encouraging communications within his members so that they can get the most out of their experience. He not only wants to stay connected to his members so that he may support their personal objectives, David also aims to encourage his membership base to network so that they may better share their skills and ideas. “We want to stay connected with the members, their needs, facilitate their work and promote more interaction.” He maintains that while an accessible and functional environment is key to making the makerspace a success, relationship building is also essential to achievement as well as creativity.

Another one of David’s aspirations with Arts & Craftsman is to continue to facilitate TEEN STEAM, a program he is helming in collaboration with the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library through a science café network. The program focuses on teens’ interests in STEAM (Science, Technology, Art and Mathematics) projects. David is hopeful that the new space will allow for more diverse programming.