Frequently Asked Questions
What is TMC?
Talent Maker City (TMC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Talent, Oregon. Our goal is to drive local economic opportunity by establishing Talent as a regional hub for creativity, culture, and technology. We’re currently working to bring a bustling makerspace, brimming with creative energy to downtown Talent. In the meantime, we’re serving our community and supporting local business by offering super fun, super interesting workshops and classes in various locations around the Rogue Valley.
Where is the makerspace?
We're working on it! We’re currently negotiating with the Talent Urban Renewal Agency (TURA) to build our makerspace facility at the Gateway location at Highway 99 & Valley View Road. In the meantime, we’re actively looking for a temporary (but awesome) home to better serve our creative community. Stay up-to-date on our progress by joining our email newsletter list or follow us on Facebook.
What kinds of tools will the makerspace have?
Lots! Someday in the not-too-distant future we’ll have a wide variety of tools from hand planes to lasers cutters, sewing machines to 3D printers. If you’ve got any special requests or ideas, email us! We can’t guarantee everything for everyone, but we’ll do our best.
What is STEAM?
STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. You've probably heard it referred to as STEM is the context of education and industry. We like to include Art to better represent our integrated approach to cross-discipline exposure and collaboration.
How can I get involved?
There are lots of ways to get involved! Volunteering is a great way to lend a hand and get familiar with what TMC does and who we serve. We welcome volunteers for everything from collecting signatures for a petition to leading maker workshops. Another way to get involved is through donations. Money, tools, materials, your valuable time, we’ll gladly take what we can get!
Does TMC do workshops?
Yes! We offer STEAM-based workshops at a variety of locations. A schedule of upcoming workshops and events can be found here. If you’re interested in leading a workshop in your field of expertise, let’s talk!
What is creative placemaking?
“Creative placemaking seeks to help communities develop a stronger sense of identity, building on native cultural assets to create more cohesive, healthy, and resilient places. The deliberate integration of arts and culture into community development work brings arts organizations and artists to the table, helping to design land-use, transportation, economic development, education, housing, infrastructure, and public safety strategies.” Read more at 100resilientcities.org
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