Community Relations for Resilience, Wellness, and Creativity: Champaign County Community (CCC) Maker-in-Residence Program to promote health and wellness
The Champaign County Community (CCC) Maker-in-Residence Program
We are thrilled to announce the launch of the Champaign County Community (CCC) Maker-in-Residence Program, an initiative designed to bridge and enhance the creative capabilities of our local maker communities. This program represents a collaborative partnership among the Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab, The Urbana Free Library, the Urbana Arts and Culture Program, Grainger IDEA Lab, and the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, aiming to foster a vibrant ecosystem of creativity, learning, and community engagement.
The CCC Maker-in-Residence Program is rooted in the belief that making—whether it involves crafts, electronics, textiles, or digital fabrication—holds the power to unite people, cultivate essential skills, and promote overall well-being. By inviting makers from diverse backgrounds to share their unique talents and perspectives, we are not just facilitating skill development but are also knitting together the fabric of our community, making it stronger, more resilient, and culturally rich. This initiative will provide an exciting platform for local makers, artists, engineers, and inventors to collaborate, innovate, and inspire, thereby propelling Champaign County towards a future where technology, art, and community intertwine seamlessly.
We gratefully acknowledge the generous support provided by Building Beyond the Barriers, the Community Grant Opportunity of the Campus-Community Compact to Accelerate Social Justice at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Goals of this program:
- Forge stronger connections between on- and off-campus maker communities.
- Support makers from diverse backgrounds, who will bridge different maker communities and share unique local maker culture and skills with the broader community.
- Inspire creativity and skill development among Champaign County residents by lowering barriers to making through partnerships.
Ultimately, we hope that the Maker-in-Residence program will foster a more connected, resilient, and culturally vibrant community
We’re inviting makers, artists, engineers, and inventors from diverse backgrounds to apply for our Maker-In-Residence program, especially those who are passionate about sharing their skills and making a positive impact on the community.
Accepting applications through March 24th, 2024.
CU Community Fab Lab
Director of CU Community Fab Lab; Associate Professor
Urbana Arts and Culture
Independent Media Center
1301 Goodwin Ave. Urbana, IL 61801
Open hours are Mon-Thur 5-9pm and Sunday 1-6pm
Most frequent questions and answers
Nope! All spaces are open to community members. However, most parking spaces on campus require a permit that can only be purchased by students or staff. But don’t worry, each site has metered parking open to the public, which is also free most evenings/nights
That’s ok! We have experienced staff who can help you prepare for the workshop and work on any skills to help get you ready to successfully teach. Furthermore, you won’t be alone for the workshop, you will have experienced assistants helping make the workshop run smoothly.
Many of the makerspaces are located on CU MTD route and within a very short walking distance from the stops nearby. If public transportation isn’t an option for you, rides may be arranged, just specify in the application you’ll need ride assistance.
Each space has public hours, listed above in the spaces section. However, access to the spaces outside of public hours can be arranged for the makers in residence.