|Oct 2nd, 2018
We debuted our new mission statement--indeed our first-ever formal mission statement--at August’s Town Hall event, but for those who are new to us or didn’t attend, I’d like to re-share here:
“We propel Makers towards the future of work through safe and approachable lifelong learning experiences and meaningful connection to tools, technology, and community.”
The Future of Work
|Sep 25th, 2018
I have been a member of the Idea Foundry (IF) for about a year and a half. I took a lot of great classes on the various equipment including both the Shopbot and the Trotec laser engraver. I have no hesitancy using the Trotec, but I have to admit that I was intimidated by the Shopbot and hadn’t touched it in the year since I took my training. Even though I am an aging techie, a long-time AutoCAD user and have even sold CNC software, I worried about, speeds (rpm), feeds (cutting speed), the progression from V-Carve or other CAD software into the ShopBot software, and the type of endmill.
|Aug 20th, 2018
Open Letter to City Council Regarding Proposed Admissions Tax
The Idea Foundry supports public funding for the arts, however, legislation proposed by the Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC) will be detrimental to hundreds of small businesses. We propose exemptions and clarifications to the language of this bill. Learn More about the proposed Ticket Fee HERE and read the full proposal HERE.
An open letter to the Columbus City Council follows:
|Aug 13th, 2018
The Idea Foundry has always been fond of having fun but this time around we are taking it to a truly professional level. Karla Ross is here to see that through as our Event's Coordinator. Her dynamic background in events and personal passion for organizing creative endeavors puts her in the perfect position to level up the Idea Foundry events hustle! You'll see her touring new clients and keeping a careful eye on every third-party event in our space.
Q. Why do you do what you do?
|Jun 21st, 2018
At the Idea Foundry, we take great pride in fostering creative connections between makers of many disciplines, something Assistant Facilities Manager Brad Hatcher does exceptionally well. If an introduction is needed, Brad is your guy. He is the type of person who will go the extra mile to show you how to do something, rather than to just do it for you, and is always willing to lend a helping hand. Whether it is looking out for the safety and success of our members, or facilitating an interaction or project, Brad Hatcher is a man with a plan.
Meet Brad Hatcher...
|Jun 21st, 2018
We are proud to see Idea Foundry makers grow and even eventually outgrow our space, taking their entrepreneurial journey in new directions. It's even better when we can be a part of that development, and bring a devoted member onto our team professionally. Service Coordinator Ben Slobodien was one of our very first volunteers, and over the years has spent more time participating in and building the maker culture here than can be quantified. You might catch him smiling at the front desk and offering assistance to our members, but you'll also find his real work at his workshop table.
|Jun 20th, 2018
If you're ever working late at the Foundry, and catch the dim glow of a laptop from the crows nest, or hear the low rumble of gin-infused laughter, it is surely our Founder, Business Development, and Chief Mischief-Maker Alex Bandar. While his daily responsibilities are to guide the mission and direction of the Idea Foundry, his true calling is uniting us all through community, and a shared passion for making. And, after all, nothing builds connection or brings people together quite like a little shenanigans.
|Jun 20th, 2018
We are proud to have dozens of independent instructors that teach everything from marketing to welding, and it is our privilege to offer programming that inspires and educates. There is no better example of an educator that strives to inspire than our own Idea Foundry Staff Instructor - Luke Howard. With his ever growing skill-set, and neighborly charm, Luke puts people at ease while guiding them through new and challenging tasks. His passion for learning is evident in the manner in which he teaches, and his drive to expand his areas of expertise.
Meet Luke Howard...
|Jun 20th, 2018
There is no shortage of mischief-making here at the Idea Foundry, and sometimes it takes a military professional to keep us in shape! Customer Service Supervisor Carla Pace is a kind and supportive team member, with a no-nonsense approach to scheduling and logistics. Her background in the U.S. Army is a testament to that. Have no fear though, Carla knows what it's like to be a maker - she also has her own art studio at 400 West Rich. Whether it’s booking your meeting or organizing efforts at the front desk, you'll find Carla helping members get the job done.
Meet Carla Pace...