Under Electric Stars to benefit Lawrence Makerspace Friday night


Lawrence’s Final Fridays always seem to include an activity or two outside downtown proper and the warehouse arts district. The Lawrence Creates Makerspace falls just between the two hubs, and its Under Electric Stars benefit Friday night also manages to be a bit more whimsical than the standard gallery show.

It’s an indoor cookout and concert to benefit the community space, which is looking to fund a major expansion. The Makerspace will be “adding 3,000 square feet of low-cost private studios for members, co-working areas, classrooms, and other facilities. They are also redesigning and improving the existing wood and metal shops and art gallery,” according to a press release from Sarah Wallace, chairwoman of the Lawrence Creates board.

Lawrence Creates Makerspace is a community space meant to help people who might not otherwise have access to tools, equipment or work space. Given that the area of Lawrence in which the Makerspace operates is experiencing a boom, part of the imperative is to maintain a public operation rather than simply open another private art gallery.

Besides the cookout, with food by chef Richard Wilks, the night includes a silent auction, demonstrations of the various aspects of the space (such as 3-D printing and screen printing), and a concert by Monzie Leo and the Big Sky.

Monzie Leo Brummett, that band’s frontman, says the event is something he and Wallace have been trying to make happen for Final Fridays; he says fits in with the Lawrence musician’s aesthetic. “I’ve shared resources with some people in that community and have known many of them for many years,” explains Brummett, who built his own tiny house.

See more information on Under Electric Stars here.

Blueprints of the proposed improvements below.

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