Makerspaces – A New Way to Capitalize on Social Infrastructure

Makerspaces, like art studios, breweries, and word-working spaces, have traditionally served as creative hubs for local communities and are increasingly serving as counterpoints for communities around Maryland.

Increasingly, Maryland’s makerspaces provide greater service to the communities they serve, including providing spaces for gathering and civic engagement, economic development and entrepreneurial inspiration, and central hubs for service delivery. Local governments around the state help empower and support these innovative spaces, and there is ample opportunity to do so moving forward.

Makerspaces – Capitalizing on Social Infrastructure

In this MACo Summer Conference 2022 session, panelists will explore local case studies, best practices, and lessons learned from local makerspaces making a difference in their communities and how local governments can partner with them to better serve constituencies.

  • Will Holman, Executive Director, Open Works
  • Rick Blanton, Director, Technical Operations , A. James Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland
  • Andrea Berstler, Executive Director, Carrol County Public Libraries
  • The Honorable Delegate Jason Buckel

Date/Time: Friday, August 19, 2022; 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

The 2022 MACo Summer Conference will be held at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, MD from August 17-20. This year’s theme is “Taking Care of Business.” More information can be found on our conference website.

Learn more about MACo’s Summer Conference: