Dear Members and Supporters of Making Awesome – Sadly, this message does not convey good news. Over the last several months, Making Awesome, Inc. (“MAI”) has not been able to pay the full rent required by the terms of our lease with Tallahassee Community College for the space at 119 Century Park Drive. Our membership revenue simply has not grown at a pace sufficient to keep up with the rent escalation TCC required when the lease was originally written. We’ve been trying for several months to renegotiate the lease so we would have more time to increase membership. Unfortunately, TCC gave us final notice last week that they will not give any further consideration and that we must fully vacate the space by October 15, 2014. As a consequence, members and others who have personal property at the space should remove it promptly, and no later than October 1st. After that date, we will consider any remaining material in the space as property that is donated to MAI. (If you cannot remove your property by October 1st, place conspicuous markings on it and contact a board member to discuss how and when you can get it out.) We have identified some suitable storage space for our tools, benches, and other materials, but we are looking for more. If you have, or know of, suitable space to store MAI property for the next several months (or more) please contact one of the board members as soon as possible. We will also need volunteers to help with packing and moving our property into storage, so please let us know if you can help. The space will close for business on September 30th. If you have paid for membership past that date, please contact us to arrange for a refund of the balance of your advance payment. We will continue with a virtual presence and work to keep the Maker community together while we search for a new home. If your happen to know of available facilities that might be suitable for a new Maker Space, please let us know. Sincerely, the directors of Making Awesome, Inc. David Brightbill Brad Harris Brett Law Richard Benham Alan Hanstein Windham Graves
Makerspaces/hackerspaces have been popping up all over the world in the last few years. At last count, there were 16 spaces across Florida, but, until now, none in Tally. We're starting one. Our current members members include artists, engineers, designers, brewers, cooks, students and teachers, old folk and young, people who have a project in mind, need a place to do it and people to help. We're looking for a shared workspace for people working on projects that are bigger than they have room for at home or which use tools that might best be shared. Samples of tools shared at other spaces around the world include industrial sewing machines, 3D printers, laser cutters and more.
Meetings are currently being held every other week on Wednesday from 6 to 7 PM. So far, we've incorporated, identified teams, picked a name and are starting to look for space. We have a group web site at http://www.totallyfablab.com where you can find our project documentation.