In a time where many of us maintain our creative interests as “side hustles” or, on the contrary, struggle to know how to make time for or maintain our creative passions, DIY and Maker Spaces are more important than ever.
These sort of spaces are safe, inclusive catalysts for community and togetherness, and it’s crucial that we support them and make their resources known.
Today, we’re highlighting one of those spaces: The Bakery.
We’ll keep this series going, periodically putting the spotlight on places like this in our community. We’d love to hear from you about any organization that you’d like to spread the word about!
The Bakery, founded by Willow Goldstein and her mother, Olive, is a "multifaceted arts complex that focuses on community engagement, the environment, education, and new technologies." Their goal is to “uphold the ethics of DIY, championing people over profit and encouraging open-mindedness, safety, and self-sufficiency."
It’s worth noting that as certain parts of the creative scene in Atlanta begin to thrive, others suffer. Goldstein describes this “thriving” portion as often white-walled, conservative and catering to young, wealthy, straight people. Goldstein’s hope with The Bakery was to create a space that unites communities from every corner of the city and of all identities. The space upholds a code of conduct for all who enter, and does not tolerate hate of any kind.
The Bakery hosts everything from concerts to craft markets, puppet shows, art installations, workshops, panels and more. One exciting resource offered by the organization is their “Makeyspace” — an area with artistic resources of all kinds, offered to the public for a donation and often staffed by members of the community who specialize in things like screen printing. Not only does The Bakery host workshops where community members can learn new skills, they offer these resources to any member of the community that fits the bill of kindness and inclusivity, and has good intentions for the things they create in the Makeyspace. This is a unique offering in Atlanta, and part of what makes The Bakery a truly important part of the city and its burgeoning arts scene.