Generating the platform for creativity, learning, and entrepreneurship.

A combination of artist studio, classroom, and business incubator at the intersection or art, science, and technology.

 

Background:

  • Generator was founded in 2013 by 11 original board members: Denise Shekerjian and Michael Metz, Dan Harvey, Doug Webster, Chris Thompson, Ken Howell, Doreen Kraft, Pauline Law, Peter Owens, John Cohn, and Christy Mitchell
  • First opened as pop-up shop in the 250 Main St. location on March, 2014
  • We are funded by a small group of donors led by Michael Metz, founding board chair,  and Burlington City Arts was Generator’s fiscal sponsor

Workstations:

  • Rapid Prototyping
  • Electronics
  • Jewelry
  • Machine Shop
  • Wood Shop
  • Metals Shop
  • Computer Lab

Equipments Donations:

  • Laser Cutter and 3D printer donated by Champlain College
  • Computer Lab donated by Logic Supply and UVM
  • Jewelry equipment was donated to BCA from UVM. BCA chose to facilitate the equipment through Generator

Important Stats:

  • 233 people can (though not ideal) be in Generator at one time
  • 152 members
  • 18 studio spaces
  • Generator operates with the help of 1 full time staff, 5 part-time staff, and  30 Volunteers
  • Brought in 9 makers through the Maker-in-Residence program
  • 501C3 tax exempt non-profit independent business
  • Generator’s EIN number is 46-3848431

It is our hope and expectation that Generator advances several goals:

  • Welcome, host and connect makers in a well-provisioned space where we all work, learn, develop ideas, grow businesses and have fun.
  • Provide our community with a window into the third industrial revolution that is just beginning with powerful new tools that facilitate manipulation of bits and atoms, the digital and the physical.
  • Create workforce development/training in next generation manufacturing tools and techniques and help to catalyze and strengthen Vermont’s creative and entrepreneurial economy.
  • Support Burlington\’s evolution as a regional center of excellence rapid prototyping including tools and software applications that leverage Burlington\’s status as one of a few “gigabit” cities in the U.S.
  • Provide support and networking among makers and across makerspaces in Vermont – from Bennington to the Northeast Kingdom.