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Connecting Making, the Arts, and Washington, DC

by • February 3, 2016 • No Comments

On Tuesday night, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Rayburn House Office Building was teeming with makers and artists revealing off their stuff. The Congressional Maker Caucus and the National Endowment for the Arts’ Making in the Arts exhibition shined a spotlight on the deep connections between manufacturing and arts for policymakers in Washington, DC.

As you may assume of an event which
brought together the maker and arts community, 3D printing was well represented. There was a sculpture produced by facial expressions:


And 3D printed shoes:


Along with 3D printed jewelry, organic sculpture, and all sorts of other models. Naturally, manufacturing in the arts is additional than 3D printing, and there were teams which
turn it into manufacturing opportunities for kids in their community and the New Craft Artists in Action revealing off their basketball net crochet community engagement project:


These events are significant for the reason
they bring the vibrant art and maker community directly to policymakers. Whilst these projects can seem well understand
n to the Shapeways community, for most
Members of Congress this sort of event is their initially introduction to what is taking place in this world. As we are certain
you most likely
in addition
, it is one thing to talk of manufacturing but really another to show it to someone.

That is why Shapeways supported this event and are pleased to be able-bodied to work with the Maker Caucus to assist bring this world to Washington. It is in addition
gratifying to understand
Making in the Arts is not an isolated event in the world of Washington, DC. 3D/DC and the Capitol Hill Maker Faire in addition
assist create bridges between manufacturing, arts, and policy. So if you are in the Washington, DC area – or want an excuse to go there – store your eyes peeled for their 2016 dates!

Images courtesy of Courtney Duffy.

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