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SAACA to open maker space at Tucson Mall

In August, the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance will open Catalyst, a 14,000 square foot maker and community creative art space, and a permanent home for the organization, at the Tucson Mall, 4500 N. Oracle Road.

Catalyst will feature four distinct maker spaces, including an arts and crafts workshop and studio where community members can take, or teach, classes in painting, textiles and sewing, pottery, craft arts, glass lamp work, and other DIY projects.

A robotics and engineering maker space will be fitted with 3D printers, laser cutters, engineering tools, electronics hardware, fabrication equipment, metal working tools, and other maker tools. A digital arts space will feature video, film, green screen, digital design, and music production studios. A culinary lab will provide space for cooking classes and a test kitchen.

Catalyst also will include a coworking space for creatives, a performance stage, and an arts exhibition space capable of showcasing both 2D and 3D sculptural and mixed media art.

The space is supported as a signature arts and business partnership between SAACA and Brookfield Properties at Tucson Mall. It was designed in partnership with the dean of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture at Taliesin, Chris Lasch, a partner with the New York and Tucson-based firm Aranda/Lasch, a leader in “computational architecture,” or the application of the latest tools and theories coming out of computer-assisted design and manufacturing to architecture.

For more information visit www.saaca.org/catalyst-maker-space.

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