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M.A.D.E., a “maker space” opens on Delmar

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On November 16 entrepreneurs Jim McKelvey and Doug Auer (top photo), along with Cortex’s President and CEO Dennis Lower (bottom photo: middle), hosted a ribbon cutting for M.A.D.E. (Makers, Artists, Designers, Entrepreneurs), a new 33,000 s.f. maker space at 5127 Delmar.

The grand opening marked the one year anniversary since the abrupt closure of all 10 TechShops across the country, including one located in the CWE’s Cortex Innovation District where there were 500 members. As soon as the news broke, McKelvey contacted both Auer, his partner in Third Degree Glass Factory, and Lower and together “we vowed we would be the city that saved our maker space.”

They acquired TechShop’s equipment, purchased the vacant building directly across from the The Glass Factory that formerly housed a Vespa dealership, and immediately got to work renovating the space. Amazingly, the total gut rehab project was accomplished in less than one year!

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In his welcoming remarks Jim McKelvey, above left, the co-founder of the Square payment device, said the camaraderie and inspiration of makers at TechShop in San Francisco was very important to him when he was developing the Square prototype.

He added that Mayor Lyda Krewson and the City of St. Louis were extremely helpful in facilitating the quick opening of M.A.D.E. “Getting it up and running within a year wouldn’t have been possible without their cooperation. This is Phase 1,” he continued, “Phase 2 will house The Magic House for children on the second floor, which is set to open this summer. (More on this exciting news follows.)

In time, McKelvey, Auer and Lower plan to transform the entire area on and around Delmar into a “maker zone.”

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Mayor Krewson drew a laugh when she recalled a phone call from Doug Auer and Jim McKelvey 15 years ago when she was 28th Ward Alderman: “We’re interested in a vacant building on Delmar…a few people will be blowing glass…” The wildly successful Third Degree Glass Factory opened in 2002 and Krewson said she has learned over time that “Doug can build anything, and Jim can do anything.”

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Beth Fitzgerald, president of Magic House said her board wanted to expand its reach into north city and they contacted Cortex’s Dennis Lower for ideas. When Magic House opens this summer at M.A.D.E., the board’s vision will be realized. This summer is also the 40th anniversary of the opening of Magic House in Kirkwood. Magic House at M.A.D.E., which will offer classes and camps with a focus on STEAM education, is geared toward elementary and middle school children.

In his final remarks McKelvey said, “Come here and play. If you don’t know how to use the equipment, ask us. There are no rules—well,” he laughed, “there is a waiver.”

The photos below show a small sampling of what is available at M.A.D.E.

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Top photo: Textiles teacher Sheila Lenkman also works part time for The Repertory Theater. She explained that, for beginners, the first step is to sign up to learn how to use the equipment, which includes a long-arm quilter.  There will be classes based on the needs of the community whether that is pattern making, installing zippers, etc.

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It was fun to see CWEnder Melody Walker in her new role as Economic Development Editor at St. Louis Public Radio. Follow her on Twitter here.

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M.A.D.E., 5127 Delmar, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Membership is $50 per month plus a small hourly fee to use the equipment. For more information, visit the website.

May wrap-up: CWE Radiophiles, Duane Reed Gallery & Houska Gallery

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Last Thursday evening marked the 1st anniversary of CWE Radiophiles, a podcast club that was conceived by CWEnders Haley Bujard, John Barth and yours truly. For the past year, approximately 15 people of varying ages and interests have met at different neighborhood hot spots—Pagan Wine Bar, Brennan’s, Bar Italia, Selkirk, and last week, Left Bank Books— to discuss an interesting mix of themed podcasts.

We were thrilled that Left Bank Books‘ Kris Kleindienst agreed to interrupt regularly scheduled programming to host May’s meet-up featuring St. Louis Public Radio’s Kameel Stanley and Tim Lloyd, above, creators of the podcast We Live Here. They participated in a lively, very informative discussion led by PRX’s Chief Content Officer John Barth, far right.

We live Here, which is in its 4th season has developed quite a large following both here and around the country. “People on both coasts are curious about what goes on in the middle,” Lloyd said. The podcast “looks deeply into St. Louis’ racial fault lines, and untangles a web of disparities once again brought to the fore following the 2014 death of Michael Brown.” We Live Here, sponsored by Lindenwood University’s John Hammond Institute, is a co-production of St. Louis Public Radio and PRX.

The audience included St. Louis Public Radio’s General Manager Tim Eby, Economic Development Reporter Melody Walker, and on-air reporter John Larson.

If you’d like to learn more about future Radiophiles events, or would like to follow what we’re listening to, visit our Facebook page.

The following night there were two CWE gallery openings.

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At Duane Reed Gallery, 4729 McPherson Ave., internationally-known photographer Michael Eastman, above right, presented Southern Light – Photographs from Buenos Aires, a series of stunning photographs you won’t want to miss that will remain on view until July 7th.  Eastman is shown with art dealer Jeff Hartz.

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The self-taught photographer captures his images on film and develops the film himself. From left, Eastman’s The French Embassy and The White Palace.

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Duane Reed, proprietor of the gallery, is shown with dance movement therapist Caroline Leibman.

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Meet Ethan Meyer, a 2013 graduate of Webster University, who was exhibiting his paintings and soft sculptures in the secondary gallery. Meyer is in Duane Reed Gallery’s Emerging Artist program, which “provides the visibility and opportunity to talented young artists that are creating their own distinct point of view.” Duane Reed said that Meyer “has been chosen as one of those that embraces the dedication necessary to stand out.”

Meyer’s Descending into Matter features paintings that are influenced by Eastern and Western philosophy, and soft sculptures he creates by braiding strips of fabric and then tying the braids together to make interesting shapes you see above. Meyer’s work will also be on view until July 7.

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A view of the crowd at Duane Reed Gallery.

At Houska Gallery, below:

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At Houska Gallery, 4728 McPherson Ave., artist Julie Malone, above right, presented her brightly-colored paintings titled Chroma Glow, which are enhanced by viewing them through 3-d glasses. You’ll see visitors holding the glasses in the photographs above and below. In the photo with Malone is artist and bon vivant Jorge Martinez.

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Malone is photographed in front of what she says is her favorite painting.

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From left Mike Gavin, Ted Wight, and proprietor of the gallery, artist Charlie Houska.

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Julie Malone’s art will be at Houska Gallery until July 14.

A timely discussion for 1st CWE Ideas Event: The future of public radio

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The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (the largest source of funding for public radio, television, and related online & mobile services) is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, though the term “celebrating” is a bit of a stretch since funding for CPB, created by Congress in 1967, is on the new administration’s chopping block. A headline from yesterday’s Wall Street Journal reflects the concern of public radio affiliates: Station operators fear President Donald Trump is targeting the CPB, which doles out money to nearly 1,500 stations. 

As fans of St. Louis Public Radio, CWE Ideas founders Eric Hamblett and I thought a conversation about how public radio is funded would be a compelling topic to launch our 1st Thought Salon. Last Thursday, Chief Content Officer of PRX (Public Radio Exchange) CWEnder John Barth, above left, and St. Louis Public Radio’s General Manager Tim Eby, above right, offered food for thought at Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers, 4739 McPherson Ave.  Selkirk’s Director Sarah Cunningham and Consignment Representative Bryan Laughlin generously offered to host the event against a backdrop of Indian artifacts, masks, and Oriental rugs that were in place for the March Auction scheduled for last weekend.

Keeping Public Broadcast Alive, What You Need to Know, What You Can Do, attracted approximately 36 people, including several who had worked for public radio in different parts of the country. Since Barth and Eby have known each other for years, the conversation was relaxed and extremely informative.

Most of us were surprised to learn that CPB is “a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967. It’s the steward of the federal government’s investment in public broadcasting and the largest single source of funding for public radio, television, and related online and mobile services. CPB’s mission is to ensure universal access to non-commercial, high-quality content and telecommunications services. It does so by distributing more than 70% of its funding to nearly 1,500 locally owned public radio and television stations.”

Public radio stations are privately owned (St. Louis Public Radio is owned by UMSL), and each station takes on the flavor of its location. Barth reminded the audience that many parts of the U.S. do not have internet access, so public radio is the go-to source for news.

An audience member who had worked for public radio in West Texas said that each public radio  station also reflects the interests of its listeners. So programming in West Texas is much different than it is in St. Louis, for instance. Another attendee mentioned that she noticed a big difference when she moved from Omaha to St. Louis – St. Louis Public Radio is much more conservative than public radio in Omaha.

John Barth added that there is a perception that public radio leans liberal when in fact it is compelled to report the news objectively. Tim Eby said that each station has its own ombudsman, who represents the listener and is charged with making certain the station stays objective.

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