January 2023 Updates

We’re wrapping up another busy year here at the Makerspace!

This is a long one, but it’s packed with lots of amazing updates
Return of Monday Open Studio Nights

The Makerspace is proud to announce the return of our Monday Open
Studio Nights beginning January 16th!

Whether you are a current or future member, stop by Juneau
Makerspace on Monday nights from 6-8pm for a tour of the studios, fun crafting activities, tutorials on popular equipment, and meet other
makers in our community.

We can’t wait to show you around!

More Sponsored Events and New Private Rental Rates

Juneau Makerspace will be sponsoring more events, particularly for
non-profits and public groups. For example, if you are interested in
hosting a paint night while showing Bob Ross videos, holding a board
game competition, or starting a fencing club open to the public, reach out to the board to have your event sponsored! Hosts of sponsored events may work with the board to lower rental rates.

Classes that enhance Juneau’s making community (e.g. ceramics classes,
sewing tutorials, etc.) may also be eligible to be hosted at the Makerspace for a lower rental rate.

Main hall rentals of the Makerspace for private events are still available now at the following rates:
Main hall rentals: $75/hour
Main hall rental (6-8 hours): $400
Main hall rental (over 8 hours): $600As always,
Makerspace members receive a 20% discount on all rentals!

If you have a special event request, such as wanting to lead a class at the Makerspace, please reach out to the board to discuss rental rates.
Wishing a warm welcome to Sealaska Heritage Institute!
You might soon see some new partners co-working at the Makerspace!
They will be working in the space during the day, developing STEAM
educational programs. Say hi if you see them, and if you’d like to get
involved, feel free to reach out to them at steam@sealaskaheritage.org

Sealaska Heritage Seeks Makerspace Instructors
SHI is seeking folks to design engaging activities and programming that
use 21st-century tools to engage students in culturally relevant hands-on
lessons. View the job description online here and reach out to SHI at 
shijobs@sealaska.com for more information.

Teasers for 2023…

Podcasting Studio coming spring 2023!

Juneau Makerspace is proud to announce that we’ll be debuting a
podcast recording studio in spring 2023! This new studio is complete
with acoustic paneling and is ready for recording if you have your own
equipment. Next, we hope to invest in recording equipment available to
all members.

New Equipment

The Makerspace has also recently acquired some new jewelry crafting
equipment which will soon be available to members. We’ll have other
exciting announcements for new equipment throughout the year, so stay tuned for that.

We’ve been improving the space with additional heaters to keep our
makers warm and have been working on other renovations.

Upcoming Classes

Rachael Juzeler will be reprising her incredibly popular ceramics
classes beginning this February. Registration will be available in the
next week or so. Stay tuned! This is a popular event, and Rachael hopes to continue to offer it throughout the year.New Features at the Makerspace!

High-Speed Internet

Makerspace members now have access to high-speed internet, up to 2
Gbps (Gigabits per second)! This is the fastest internet available in Juneau and faster than what is available in many parts of the country. For some perspective, most Juneauites measure their internet speed in Mbps
(Megabits per second; one Gigabit is 1000 Megabits!).

This is a trial run of high-speed internet at the Makerspace and if it
proves to be a draw for new members and rentals, we’d love to keep it

So let us know how you plan to use our new blazing fast internet, and
spread the word! Don’t forget that members get 20% off main hall rentals. Maybe a LAN party is in your future?

Greenscreen – Feeling Creative?

The Makerspace’s inside walls have gotten a facelift, including a new
greenscreen painted right on the wall! The perfect way to get creative
with your photos and videos. Maybe you want to pretend that you’re on a tropical getaway?

 A Look Back at Recent Fundraisers & Classes in 2022

We had some successful fundraisers this fall: The first-annual
Makerspace beach clean-up (thanks to Rachael Juzeler for organizing!), a garage sale and “make-and-bake” event, and the “Hometown Hoedown”,
featuring great music by Maridon & The Prime Cuts (shoutout to Rachel
Riley for organizing!).

This fall also featured some really great classes: Regular Sunday life
drawing sessions put on by artist Lue Isaac and a ceramics, session-style
course by Rachael Juzeler that booked out immediately! Thank you to
everyone who participated!

It takes all of us to keep this little community strong. As we get into
the winter season, please bring your friends and family around and
make sure to spread the good word! reach out to the board with any
ideas, concerns, inspirations or even better, to get involved!

Let us know what you like and what you want more of. We’re looking
for people specifically to take the lead as “shop captains” for the kitchen, craft, electronics, and woodworking studios. We’d like someone with an
interest in gardening to take the lead in developing some plots in our outdoor space this spring.

Keep on making,