MISSION AND HISTORY
Spark Makerspace was founded in 2015 by a group of artists and entrepreneurs looking to support creativity in our community. With support from CTNext, the City of New London, and some very generous individuals, we opened our first community workshop location at 86 Golden St in June 2016. Since then, we have supported our community and neighbors with an ever-growing array of tools, equipment, and workspaces for creative projects. We've organized public festivals and events, partnered with other artistic and educational organizations to further our joint goals, and hosted hundreds of classes and meetups to teach and share skills among our members and the general public. In November 2017, we relocated to our current home in the historic Manwaring Building at 225 State St, and we look forward to a long future of supporting and encouraging creativity in New London and the greater SECT area.
Mission: Supporting makers with the space, equipment, education, and community to create a spark in their creativity.
Vision: To be a vibrant community hub for making, creativity, and collaboration in southeastern CT.
Social: Being a SOCIAL hub for support, inspiration and empowerment for all who make and all who want to learn to make.
Positivity: We know that a POSITIVE, supportive, educational community culture is necessary for people to grow in their skill levels, whether beginner or advanced.
Access: Providing ACCESS to state of the art tools in a facility that supports new learners and people who are highly experienced in their craft.
Responsibility to be diverse: We have a RESPONSIBILITY to celebrate our cultural roots and gifts to create a society within our space that embraces differences, actively includes a variety of voices, and joins together to be the example for unity in our community and beyond.
Know-how: The skilled crafts people, artists, DIYers, students, teachers, engineers, hackers, hobbyists & activists pride themselves on their “KNOW-HOW to get it done” attitude and engage the Spark community to build new skills together.