Generator aims to be a community of collaboration among artists, engineers, and entrepreneurs to foster a fertile environment for innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship. We exist at the intersection of art and technology and offer our community a full suite of tools, workspaces, and education opportunities. Generator makes high-tech equipment available to our members: hobbyists, tinkerers, craftsmen, and professionals. Generator members share access to all the equipment. Even more importantly, Generator members are a collaborative creative group of people with a wide range of skills and interests. By joining Generator, you get access to a community willing to help you get your projects off the ground.
- 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
- Rapid Prototyping
- Machine Shop
- Wood Shop
- Metals Shop
- Computer Lab
- 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
- 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.