What We Do.
The NEW Creator's Workshop is a member-supported, shared-use creative space providing access to equipment, workspace, expertise, & community. Our purpose is to amplify Chewelah's innate creative energy, to make creative exploration accessible to everyone, and to grow a creative economy. We'll do this by providing members affordable access to creative work space, equipment, and education.
About Our Space
The NEW Creator's Workshop is a member supported, makerspace with a mission of fostering creative entrepreneurship, exploration, and innovation through education, creativity and technology.
We're located in the heart of the official Chewelah Creative District as recognized by the State of Washington Arts Commission.
The Workshop is operated by Chewelah Makers.
It's expensive to buy everything you need to try your hand at, say, sewing. What if you spend all of that money and hate it? If you don't sew, how do you know what to buy? Also, when you buy the wrong things & try to learn from YouTube, you're more likely to get frustrated & decide sewing isn't for you. Or you might realize you just don't have the room to set it all up. Or maybe the kids disappeared the good scissors again, and the dog chewed up your fabric stash.
The Workshop will be a respite from the chaos and a place to explore new arts, materials, equipment, and even new income opportunities.
Chewelah is already a creative community filled with amazing talent, innovation, ideas, and energy. Our goal is for the Workshop to help amplify that creative energy.
Creativity creates creativity! There's a tangible, catalytic effect of working in a co-located, shared space:
- New ideas are conceived
- Collaborations naturally evolve
- Community among artists is strengthened
- New artists are supported
- Chewelah's artists can develop their true potential
- New art-making skills are learned & existing skills are enhanced
- Obstacles to accessing art-making equipment, space & supplies are overcome
Beyond the benefits of creating together, the Workshop will host a variety of regular meetups & events for members.
"The maker movement is the platform for today’s artisans to create, craft, and develop leading ideas and products. The meteoric growth of micro-manufacturers and online platforms like Etsy demonstrates how strongly the movement has taken root." (so says FastCompany)
Economic challenges abound in rural Eastern Washington. Large-scale manufacturing is no longer sustainable or reliable in this global economy. But local economies across the world are growing stronger due to individual creators turning their passion and ideas into income and jobs.
For the young people entering this evolving economy, the corporate ladder has been replaced with a maze. Future-proof, marketable skills include iterative thinking, creative thinking, & critical thinking. It's important to know how to pivot, how to revise, & how to solve complex problems creatively. Rural areas can be reborn with a maker mindset and a makerspace is exactly the place to develop it.