Art & Science Forge Together to Launch Community Partnership
San Antonio, TX—On the heels of a recent 2-year anniversary local DIY project space & learning center, 10Bitworks Hackerspace, is expanding their education & community reach in a newfound partnership with local arts organization spare parts. The official introduction of spare parts’ new home & membership at 10Bitworks takes place Saturday, December 1 during a public open house from 1:30-3:30pm. The open house will include a presentation & art-making demonstration by spare parts at 2:15pm. The public is invited to take part in the festivities. Refreshments will be provided. 10BitWorks is located at 1020 Roosevelt Ave., just south of the King William District.
Founder of spare parts, Mary Elizabeth Cantu, realizes the unique benefits afforded through partnership. “10BitWorks Hackerspace opened their doors to spare parts & we are grateful for their outreach. Both organizations believe in DIY culture, education & collaboration. What differs is our areas of expertise. spare parts is grounded in the arts & environmentalism while 10BitWorks Hackerspace springs from the worlds of technology & science. I know spare parts will greatly benefit from the resources 10BitWorks Hackerspace offers,” Cantu exclaims.
10Bitworks members are equally excited about their new relationship with spare parts as both organizations seek to share & learn new ideas with the community. 10BitWorks member & officer Jeremy Zunker shared his thoughts on the new partnership, “For a while I’ve been thinking & talking about having a ‘take-it-apart’ day at the Hackerspace, where people bring some sort of electronic item like a VCR, printer…washing machine, microwave or whatever & take it apart to figure out how it works & to build up our spare parts collection to be used in other projects. I love taking things apart just about as much as building them.”
In an email directed at 10Bitworks members, Mike Perez, another member & officer, stated, “This is a good opportunity for cross-pollination & to get [our own workshops] out to schools.” Through the partnership, the two organizations enjoy an opportunity to exchange not just spare parts but also skills & techniques, a symbiotic benefit known as technology-transfer.
About spare parts:
spare parts inspires & supports the growing San Antonio creative community & our PreK-12 schools through environmental accountability. spare parts believes partnerships/programs centered on creative reuse practice builds smart, lasting & win/win initiatives. This will increase the creative & cultural energy of our city & beyond. As a result, spare parts reduces landfill tonnage. spare parts’ purpose is unprecedented in San Antonio. It is the leader in reuse education through the arts.
10BitWorks Hackerspace is a membership-supported DIY project space and learning center concept known as a hackerspace. 10BitWorks Hackerspace is a 501(c)3 non-profit garage-lab environment where hobbyists get together to make their own creations whether practical, experimental, or silly. Hackerspaces pride themselves on obtaining equipment that you just won’t be able to house yourself in a small apartment or in a sprawling HOA-controlled suburban home. Our diverse membership consists of: radio operators, video and board game designers, machinists, programmers, NASA engineers, embedded systems engineers and college students.
A hackerspace or hackspace (also referred to as a hacklab, makerspace or creative space) is a location where people with common interests, often in computers, technology, science, digital or electronic art (but also in many other realms) can meet, socialize and/or collaborate. Hackerspaces can be viewed as open community labs incorporating elements of machine shops, workshops and/or studios where hackers can come together to share resources and knowledge to build and make things.–Saini, Angela. DIY Gadgetry. BBC News. June 19, 2009
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