Open Bench Project: Portland
Our makerspace provides members with access to studio/work space, tools and community, as well as discounts on classes and supplies. We help people bring their ideas into reality by encouraging critical thinking and fostering confidence in a curious, supportive environment. Become a member today.
- Allow yourself to be a beginner, no one starts off excellent.
- Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.
- Greatness does not come with permission.
WHAT MEMBERSHIP INCLUDES
“I can’t imagine losing my membership. I’ve just had so many opportunities come through here for my business.”
“7500 square feet of awesomeosity. A maker space extraordinaire. I love this place.”
“Is it wrong that I never wanted to leave?”
“Open Bench has been SO important to me in my journey to America.”
“AWESOME location and resource. Looking forward to seeing how we can integrate that resource in our school…”
“Open Bench was a great space to “mess about”.
“OBP was the perfect place…a makers dream. You couldn’t hurt the place.”
WHO WE SERVE
The time has come! It's finally here! This Makerspace - The Open Bench Project - is now in a new place with our own space. We could not be more excited! Our new shop is at 971 Congress Street, Portland, Maine. We’re working on a new sign, but you can't miss it. ...
Makerspaces are a way to bridge this gap. Project-based opportunities encourage learners to be creative and engage higher-order problem solving through trial and error. Makerspace learning empowers students, helping them take control of their feelings around learning, therefore making them happier. The final result is not just a final product, but rather a powerful and positive learning experience.
The Maine Charitable Mechanic Association (MCMA) plays a key part in both the preservation efforts and supporting Maine makers, for which we are particularly grateful. We’d like to take this opportunity to introduce you to this valuable organization and encourage you to learn more.