““It’s so joyous to come in to a space and actually play and even make mistakes,” McKelvey said. “I want to invite St. Louis to come here and play and have the fun that I’ve had. This is what originally drew me to glass blowing and it’s what I think will transform this city into a community of sort of happy people who are making awesome stuff. And now we’ve got the facility to do it.”<br><br>This will not bridge the Delmar divide no more than Tech Shop did… memba all the hoopla before the grant money ran out and they were forced to shut down? This is cool, but people need good paying jobs with benefits or a path to self sufficiency, not another program. What happens if/when this shuts down? If you’re gonna help creatives, invest in them by giving them the tools they need… not in a space that can be shut down 6 months to a year from now when funding dries up.

"“It's so joyous to come in to a space and actually play and even make mistakes,” McKelvey said. “I want to invite St. Louis to come here and play and have the fun that I've had. This is what originally drew me to glass blowing and it's what I think will transform this city into a community of sort of happy people who are making awesome stuff. And now we've got the facility to do it.”

This will not bridge the Delmar divide no more than Tech Shop did... memba all the hoopla before the grant money ran out and they were forced to shut down? This is cool, but people need good paying jobs with benefits or a path to self sufficiency, not another program. What happens if/when this shuts down? If you're gonna help creatives, invest in them by giving them the tools they need... not in a space that can be shut down 6 months to a year from now when funding dries up.

New creative space for makers bridges St. Louis Delmar divide, builds community

Jim McKelvey has come to the rescue of the St. Louis maker movement. Today, the serial entrepreneur officially opened MADE , a 32,000-square-foot building
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