Makerspace ‘ideaMILL’ Opens Inside Millennium Library

Makerspace ‘ideaMILL’ Opens Inside Millennium Library

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Mayor Brian Bowman, second from left, helps to open the ideaMILL at the Millennium Library in Winnipeg on Tuesday, July 10, 2018. (@MAYOR_BOWMAN / TWITTER)

WINNIPEG — A new space for creators to flourish and further pursue their ideas is up and running at the Millennium Library.

The ideaMILL opened Tuesday on the newly-renovated third floor of the downtown library. It offers access to maker tools and technology to encourage people to create, experiment and collaborate in a self-directed environment.

Mayor Brian Bowman says the space will help support innovation and the entrepreneurial spirit.

“As a city, we need to encourage and foster the development of new ideas, and this new space will provide our city’s creative thinkers with some of the tools and technology necessary to create and innovate in an accessible and collaborative environment,” Bowman said.

The ideaMILL includes:

· A media studio with PCs equipped with graphics and design tools
· Two bookable sound booths for personal recording (one is fully accessible)
· VHS and audio digital conversion
· Photography and videography equipment including a green screen
· 3D printers for makers of all ages
· A craft room with sewing machines and space for creative arts.

The ideaMILL is accessible to anyone during the library’s regular operating hours.

The city spent $500,000 on the space, while the Friends of the Winnipeg Public Library purchase the sewing machines and interactive projector.

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