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Prototyping New Programs

[slideshow] The MAKESHOP staff likes to prototype our programming.  Sometimes this step can be the most fun part of developing new activities for our visitors.  Our theme for the month of September is “Books and Bags.”  We set out at the end of August to figure the best ways for visitors to create these two things.  Along with the best ways for the Teaching Artists to teach other people how to make books
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Welcome to MAKESBURGH

I came in to work a couple of days ago to find an entire half of MAKESHOP covered in amazing cardboard structures, such as cars, boats, buildings and bridges. We’ve tried to make a cardboard town in the past, but this one is easily the most extensive. Visitors seemed to be more invested in their projects if they know that they will be prominently displayed.  We had visitors write their names and what they creat
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Katz in the MAKESHOP

[slideshow] Every year, the Museum hosts a team building night for the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz School of Business. The graduate students entering the program utilized the entire Museum for a wide range of events and competitions. This year, MAKESHOP was the location for boat building. Students had to work as a team to construct boats using a limited amount of materials. The boats were then taken up to o
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Hana-Chaser

[slideshow] Two of my favorite visitors returned to the Museum a couple of days ago and created another amazing project. Their first tinkering, electronic project was dubbed the “Hanna-Occupier”.  Their latest project was a motorized car made out of simple, recycled parts. They decided to name it the “Hana-Chaser”.  I was excited to collaborate on this great project. Since these were return vi
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Community Highlight: Free Workshops!

Constructing Identity: A series of workshops in costume making Interested in costume making and  performance art? Want to be in a fashion show? Now is your chance… Sign up now to participate in a summer-long series of FREE workshops at the Pittsburgh Gay and Lesbian Center with local artist Scott Andrew.  Youth ages 13-17 are invited to participate in workshops that span art history, sewing, performance, and fa
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Call for Makers

The Call for Makers for Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire is now open! They’re hunting the region’s most brilliant makers of all ages. Click here to learn more and apply!
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