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The Creative Co-op at Garrison Forest nurtures a culture of curiosity, discovery and making. In this community-owned space, students, faculty, parents and the larger GFS family learn from one another through cooperative creative experiences.

What is in the Creative Co-op?

Creators and tinkerers have access to 3-D printers, laser cutters, woodworking and metalworking tools, vinyl cutters, robotics and electronics, 3-D doodle pens, textile and sewing tools. And of course, unbridled enthusiasm and support for the ideas brought into or dreamed up in these spaces!

Where is the Creative Co-op?

The short answer? All across campus! There are designated spaces in the Lower School, the O'Neill Middle School and in two spaces within the Hathaway Fine and Performing Arts Center.

What is the Maker Movement

The Maker (or Maker Space) movement began as an organic grass-roots community movement in 2005, with the first Faire opening in New York City. Today there are hundreds of Maker Faires in a given year, and schools and communities are building Maker spaces daily. Maker spaces are a growing global movement, as 21st century life is increasingly driven by individuals or small companies innovating, designing and producing.

As a hands-on learning environment centered on creation, experimentation, invention, tinkering, discovery and exploration, Garrison Forest’s Maker Space, the Creative Co-Op, teaches GFS students the agility and skills needed to thrive and excel in today’s environment. It’s also a next and hub focused on people, equality, creating and sharing ideas. Designed as a space for individuals, groups and classes to create something new or work on an existing project, the Creative Co-Op spaces across campus offer organized instructional programming from local experts as well as drop-in making and collaboration.

Workshop Calendar


To learn more about the GFS Creative Co-op, contact:

Sarah Sachs

Do you have a workshop idea? Submit it here!