2017 was a real roller-coaster for the shop, with a sudden change in ownership, a scramble to keep the big love going, and the change to not-for-profit status.
In 2018 we hope to grow steadily in members and member services, by adding lots more classes, a Tinker school during the summer, new membership options, more collaborations with local institutions, like the Pend Oreille school district and POAC, and just get more involved in the Sandpoint community.
MakerPoint Studios is here to facilitate and support the creative community in Sandpoint. Whether you like to get crafty on the weekend, or you are a maker with a shop of your own that doesn't have all the tools you need for a certain job, we are here for you. Do you have home schooled kids? Our classes are open to people 16 years of age or older. Do you have lots of time on your hands now that you're retired? Come learn new skills and stay young! Do you have a rad idea that you want to grow into a fully developed business? We are a small business incubator with a few success stories under our belt.
Sure, we are still figuring out how to best work within our limitations, but we have a young, passionate team running the place. Our board of directors has members of all age groups and all walks of life, making sure that we can respond to the needs of our community within the limits of our mission.
Our purpose is to provide education and support for creative individuals who are interested in thinking up new ways to live in an ever-faster changing world, and as a result, create a community of innovators who contribute every day towards making the world a safer, healthier, and wiser place.
Here's to a good 2018!