D.C.’s new Makerspace is a creator’s dream come true


Makerspaces are more than just workshops. They are places where communities learn the power of collaboration—and the art of turning ideas into inventions.

Capital One is thrilled to have funded the CPDC/Capital One Makerspace in D.C.’s Ward 8. This workspace brings innovative technology and art to an affordable housing community—at no cost to the community’s residents.

On June 28, 2017, Capital One and Community Preservation Development Corporation (CPDC), its partner in this development, unveiled the new Makerspace to the community during its ribbon cutting and grand opening.

See the story behind the space.

Watch an affordable housing community unite through innovative technology and art-availabe at no cost to the residents

Makerspaces have been sprouting up across the country because they bring deeper learning to the subjects of art, crafts and technology. These facilities encourage students of all ages and backgrounds to collaborate, invent and participate with a common goal: creating new things.

The CPDC/Capital One Makerspace is three rooms, each focusing on a particular area of creation. The Fabric Arts Room features state-of-the-art machinery used for making art, clothing, costumes, masks and more. The Digital Lab features the latest Windows Studio Pro desktops and laptops, a Smart Board and 3-D printers. The heart of the Makerspace is the third room, known as the Nonstop Maker Spot. It features woodworking tools, laser engravers, 3-D carvers, a vinyl cutter and a heating press.

The workspace spans the bottom floor of the Overlook at Oxon Run apartment building at 3700 Ninth St. SE.


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