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Celebrate Snow Day 2018!

It’s our 3rd Annual Snow Day! And our first at our new 108 Jefferson location. Come laser cut, 3D print, or solder your own snow flakes and snowmen! This year we also have leatherworking and woodworking projects. Projects willl take 10-30 minutes to complete, but there may be a short waiting time for workstations. Extra […]

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Prairie Meadows Donates $4,058 to Area515 – Des Moines Maker Space

Community Betterment Grants will help fund Artist Residency and MakerEd programs at the Maker Space Prairie Meadows recently awarded Area515 two Community Betterment Grants totaling $4,058 to fund arts and education programs in 2018. Prairie Meadows is a nonprofit business dedicated to lessening the burden of government by promoting economic development, jobs, agriculture, and tourism […]

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IoT Challenge with DSM WebGeeks

We’re partnering with the Des Moines Web Geeks and LadyDev to put on an IoT Challenge! Sign up here! Learn how to program your ESP8266 at LadyDev’s PLIBMTTBHGATY event on April 14th at Pillar Technologies. Learn how to create a basic web page or service with WebGeeks on May 14th at their monthly meeting. And […]

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Celebrate Snow Day 2017!

Whether or not it’s snowing outside, it will be snowing at Area515 on December 14th from 6:30 to 9pm! You’ll have the opportunity to watch your very own snowflake get laser cut or 3D printed, then skate on over to the personalization station to decorate with glitter, paint, ribbon and more.   We’ll also have […]

Artist in Residence - Ben Brown

Artist in Residence – Ben Brown

Ben Brown uses steel and wood to make art and furniture. For the vast majority his pieces use reclaimed and salvaged materials are used.  The deep-grained patinas of weathered steel mixed with an industrial shape makes for a rough and naturalized geometry—a sort of aesthetic of primitive science. Much of Brown’s inspiration has come from natural phenomena and his […]

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Artist in Residence – Tibi Chelcea

Tibi Chelcea has been recognized for his outstanding work which demonstrates his ability to take elements and processes of traditional printmaking and combine them with operations of digital technologies. His work shows an astonishing correlation between old and new technologies, and issues of consumption, serial design, automated vs labor-intensive processes, are brought to the fore. […]

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Artist in Residence – Michael Van Dyke

A graduate of Iowa State University in 2005, Michael Van Dyke is a visual artist located in Des Moines, Iowa. An artist with an investigative and curious approach, Michael utilizes a wide range of mediums, including painting, furniture, sculpture, and photography as well as digital mediums of video and graphic design. While studio art is […]

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Artist in Residence – Celeste Moreno

Celeste Moreno received a dual degree in science in art through the Biological and Pre-Medical Illustration program at Iowa State University.   Moreno believes that science and art are not opposites but are symbiotic pathways to understanding our world. Her work focuses on communicating scientific concepts through artistic and experimental methods such as digital painting, […]

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Side Hustle Saturday Recap

Most Side Hustle Saturdays are pretty laid back, chatty affairs for people with side hustles or trying to figure out if they can make it work. This past weekend, we switched it up and had Tom Swartwood from Drake Innovation come and talk to us about taking our hobbies to businesses. He crammed an unbelievable […]