A "Makership" is a residency grant, giving the recipient access to a warehouse full of hefty equipment and tools to help them with their creative and technological projects.
LVL1 Hackerspace is a member based non-profit warehouse that is shared by an eclectic mix of engineers, tinkerers, artists and others who utilize the building and other resources available.
The resources include a woodshop, metal shop, 3-D printers, a laser cutter/engraver, plasma cutter and welder, welding materials, soldering irons, a vinyl cutter/plotter and much more. It is a "maker's" dream come true complete with a basement full of parts to use in tinker and do-it-yourself projects.
One of the coolest things offered by LVL1, Inc is the monthly "Makership" program (while funds last), which is what led to my own membership there. Anyone over 18 years of age can submit plans or an idea they have for a project they would like to pursue in the LVL1 workshop. If approved, the applicant receives a 3 month free membership plus $100 towards materials and a mentor to help them along their creative path. Many projects include a technological aspect, but they do not have to. Applicants of all sorts can submit their wildest dream by filling out the application on the LVL1 web site
. The last makership awarded was to a creator developing an electronic musical instrument that will be played by the rain. Each month's application is due by the last day of the month.
LVL1 is an excellent community resource. They have approximately 60 paying members, who keep the place afloat with their monthly $50 member dues, but anyone can come and use the space as long as a member is there to let them in and be accountable for them. The best time to visit and find out more is during their weekly open house meeting on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. The address is 814 E Broadway, but you must enter through the alley around back. You can park on the street or in the ORI lot. Do NOT park in the small lots off of the Alley behind buildings.