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Philly’s DIY Community Shows Its Stuff: #MadeatDMD Opens at Esther Klein Gallery on December 18

The Department of Making + Doing (DM+D) is getting into the DIY holiday spirit as it showcases the work of its makers and doers with #MadeAtDMD, the makerspace’s first exhibition and sale. #MadeAtDMD will spotlight the creativity and diversity of Philadelphia’s maker community including designers, hackers, builders, artists, technologists and engineers. #MadeAtDMD will open at the University City Science Center’s Esther Klein Gallery (EKG) at 3600 Market Street in Philadelphia, on December 18 and run through January 16, 2015. The exhibition will feature over 25 projects all conceived, designed and fabricated at DM+D. The Department of Making + Doing is a community space for novices and experts alike to get inspired and make great things. A collaborative effort between four organizations —The Hacktory, NextFab Studio, Public Workshop and the Science Center’s STEAM Initiatives — DM+D offers a multi-disciplinary opportunity for teens and adults to “make things” using a high-tech and low-tech tools paired with hands-on learning opportunities in an energizing workshop space on the Science Center campus. DM+D invites you to get inspired by beautiful and useful products that were designed and built by a unique team of teens and young adults through leadership training with Public Workshop’s Building Heroes. Intricate lasercut lamps, unique coasters, geometric desk organizers and more will be on display and for sale. Each purchase directly supports a Building Hero. #MadeatDMD visitors will be able to experience the interplay of mathematics and mechanics through art by making their own works of art on with a giant 6 foot spirograph. This multicolored masterpiece was built by organizers of The Hacktory’s ‘Kid’s Club,’ a weekly afterschool program for 3rd – 5th graders to explore art and technology. Also on display at #MadeatDMD will be the DM+D Mobile Maker Cart—an adult tricycle transformed by DM+D into a custom vehicle for on-the-go making. The Mobile Maker Cart features an expandable workbench and a folding canopy that draws passerby into activities and helps them imagine what can make and do. The opening reception for #MadeatDMD will take place on Thursday, December 18 from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. The December 18 reception will include refreshments and plenty of hands-on maker activities. #MadeatDMD is free and open to the public. Click here to view the full release on PR Web.

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