MiaMade Wins Grant to Kickstart a Makerspace in Liberty City

March 6, 2015

5:00 pm

MIAMade, the nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering the growth of the maker movement in Miami, received a $10,000 accelerator grant from The Miami Foundation to fund a makerspace for Liberty City.

Liberty To Make will provide the local community with a space to gather, to share resources and knowledge, build, and work on projects. As reported today in The Starting Gate, the plan is to foster entrepreneurial and creative talents while bringing the community together through STEAM (science, math, engineering, arts, and math) principles.

Liberty City is one of Miami’s poorest neighborhoods, with 95 percent African American and the median household income is about $18,000 a year. The self-directed learning approach will bring residents tools to support invention, as well as an educational space for individuals who learn best by doing.

“Thanks to The Miami Foundation, MIAMade is excited to take its first step in bringing the people of Liberty City, a space to come together and build together, in turn gaining economic and educational opportunities in a changing Miami,” said Willie Avendano MIAMade programs manager and co-founder of the Wynwood Maker Camp in the interview.


Avendano’s announcement on Instagram

The Miami Foundation’s Accelerator Grants program makes $10,000 award related to each of the eight Our Miami Report issue areas. They range from environment issues to education.

MIAMade is currently accepting donations to fund future programming at The LAB Miami and Liberty To Make. The organization also produces Miami Mini Maker Faire as well as the Wynwood Maker Camp.

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Camila has been heavily active in South Florida’s tech startup community, where she is a co-host of a local radio show called pFunkcast. Camila previously worked at Greenpeace International and the Organization of the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in various communication roles. A proud Brazilian who spent most of he life in Peru, she is passionate about traveling and documentaries.

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