Mt. Elliott Makerspace
Church of the Messiah
231 East Grand Blvd., Detroit, MI 48211
With facilities for sewing, silkscreening, 3D printing, electronics, metalworking, woodworking, electronic music production, jewelry-making and bicycle maintenance, Mt. Elliott serves members of all ages in a racially diverse neighborhood where resident incomes and educational outcomes are below the state average.
"While building hands-on skills is fun and useful," says founder Jeff Sturges, "our core purpose is to strengthen relationships with each other and improve our ability to shape our world."
Here, 11-year-old Tamia Washington teaches adults about soldering.