Masquerade: The Quintessential Maker Space

To make something is not enough; it’s making meaning that makes the difference. A real life making laboratory goes beyond consuming and digesting, and provides endless opportunities for students to iterate, prototype, take risks, and ultimately, create.

For 20 years, Seven Arrows has been held in the highest regard when it comes to making and innovation. Masquerade is perhaps one of the most all-inclusive offerings of a makers space. It involves every aspect of community and the tools and materials are limitless. It integrates science, math, art, history, and so much more. It also calls upon and inspires a diverse breadth of skills. It is a bridge that connects what they know with what they want to know. It is, in essence, a mindset where everyone shows up to collaborate, partner, and create without boundaries.

We are proud of our commitment to making and encourage you to collaborate with our community in the coming weeks leading up to Masquerade!

From the book Makers: The New Industrial Revolution by Chris Anderson:

“We are all Makers. We are born Makers (just watch a child’s fascination with drawing, blocks, Lego, or crafts), and many of us retain that love in our hobbies and passions. It’s not just about workshops, garages, and man caves. If you love to cook, you’re a kitchen Maker and your stove is your workbench (homemade food is best, right?). If you love to plant, you’re a garden Maker. Knitting and sewing, scrapbooking, beading, and cross-stitching – all Making.

“These projects represent the ideas, dreams, and passions of millions of people. Most never leave the home, and that’s probably no bad thing. But one of the most profound shifts of the Web Age is that there is a new default of sharing online. If you do something, video it. If you video something, post it. If you post something, promote it to your friends. Projects shared online become inspiration for others and opportunities for collaboration. Individual Makers, globally connected this way, become a movement. Millions of DIYers, once working alone, suddenly start working together.

“Thus ideas, shared, turn into bigger ideas. Projects, shared, become group projects and more ambitious than any one person would attempt alone. And those projects can become the seeds of products, movements, even industries. The simple act of ‘making in public’ can become the engine of innovation, even if that was not the intent. It is simply what ideas do: spread when shared.”