The Trenton Atelier

The Trenton Atelier, (was, see update below) located in a 10,000-square-foot abandoned warehouse covered in artful graffiti, provides classes on welding metal, woodwork and cooking.

Established in 2000, the Trenton Atelier is a no-frills grassroots abandoned warehouse  providing  classes on welding metal, woodwork and cooking.  Primarily,  they are a multi-disciplinary group of emerging and established artists cultivating a community engaged in experiential learning, dedicated to the environment and committed to explore, experiment and exhibit.  Members often turn trash into art. On the last Saturday of the month, the space turns into an underground hip hop concert venue and art gallery. The makeshift stage was built using freight containers.  The unstructured classes typically center on sculpture.  Students involved in this activity will learn the associated knowledge of metals, materials science, and metal sculpture through class discussion, presentation, instruction, planning and executing of their own piece of sculpture.  The project will be completed using predominately reclaimed, found, and recycled materials - stressing the value in reusing and re-purposing commonly found objects for the purposes of creating something new.  They are located at 220 Allen Street, Trenton, NJ.

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Update on 2/7/13:

Greetings makers, doers and dreamers,

You are receiving this email because you have inquired about the Trenton
Atelier in the past few months  Our apologies for not responding in a
timely manner, we have been a tad busy.

As you may or may not have heard the space known as the Trenton Atelier is
no more since being evicted for not paying back taxes. The building is in
horrible shape but is available for less then $50,00 as long as you have
another 50k for the roof and repairs.  See articles below for more on that

The artists who called the Atelier home base has regrouped and are now SAGE
Coalition ---> and we are located at the arts
studios and gallery at 219 E Hanover St. right around the corner from the
old shop. We have initiated new public art projects like putting art on the
windows of abandoned buildings, starting an urban garden and holding
monthly gallery shows.

Pete Abrams, the creator of the T.A. and the Bee Home is now working in
Princeton and still updates the Trenton Atelier Website.

Now that your up to date, here is the scoop on MAKERSPACES!
Recently we were approached by another non-profit about
creating programming for a new smaller space(s) and of course we pitched
them the idea of a Makerspace! Right now we are in the preliminary stages
of applying for the money to rehab a nice little garage in downtown Trenton
but the ball is rolling. The space has to be part of a community plan so we
have pitched the idea of a space that will offer classes and skill sharing
workshops to bring a diverse group of people into the community to work and
learn. After-school programming will be aimed at providing shop skills to
high school students as they often no longer offer such opportunities. Once
trained, youth and community members would be able to participate in
producing public art and making products for sale and share in the profits.

If you would like to stay updated on the progress of this space or talk
about new/different spaces in Trenton please respond as such. We would also
love to meet you and show you around our new spot so feel free to come by
(email for a good time to drop in). If folks are interested we could also
have a meet 'n greet with all local makerspacers at some point in the

Thanks for sitting through that update, hope you are makin' and bakin'
-Wills K. and the SAGE Coalition crew

SAGE News.

What are Makerspaces?

Makerspaces (also known as Hackerspaces, Creative Spaces, Fab Labs, Makelabs and in California - Makerhoods), according to Wikipedia,  are open community labs where members with common interests (e.g., engineering, computer programming, inventing, graphic design, etc.) gather to share resources, knowledge, career networking and build new devices.  Generally, makerspaces are designed to meet the following needs:

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