The September meeting of the High Tech Consortium (HTC) of Southern New Mexico will be on the 26 of September [Wednesday], from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Cruces Creatives location. The location is downtown Las Cruces at 205 E Lohman Avenue. Please note: we normally have the meetings at The Arrowhead Center [located at 3655 Research Drive, Genesis Center, Building C on the campus of New Mexico State University], but not for our September meeting.

This month’s speaker is Lea Wise-Surguy, President and Executive Director of Cruces Creatives. Cruces Creatives is a 501(c)(3) makerspace that works to promote the arts, improve education, protect the environment, foster economic development, and advance science and technology by connecting people with tools, training, and community. Cruces Creatives was founded as a non-profit in February 2017, and thanks to the efforts of more than 120 community volunteers and supporters, who have donated thousands of hours of time and more than $15,000 in cash and $205,000 in-kind contributions, Cruces Creatives opened its facility on June 26, 2018, in 12,400 ft2 space in downtown Las Cruces. The tools include a full woodshop, CNC machines, milling machines, 3D printers, computer workstations, a textile lab, an audiovisual lab, electronics and circuitry stations, a bicycle repair shop, and more. So far, more than 700 community members are involved in the makerspace through memberships, events, donations, or volunteering.

Ms. Wise-Surguy worked since 2009 to lay the groundwork for Cruces Creatives: researching cities throughout the western United States to find the ideal location for a makerspace, securing an MFA in sculpture to gain experience with more tools and materials, and managing the sculpture yard at New Mexico State University for three years. Her commitment to makerspaces comes from her work as a conceptual sculptor and tool user, the potential that makerspaces have to strengthen lifelong learning, and the roles that makerspaces can play in fostering vibrant communities and local economies.

HTC membership meetings are open to the public. Anyone interested in growing technology in southern New Mexico is encouraged to attend. There is no charge for attending. For more information please call the HTC President, Dr. Ed Pines, at 575-646-2730, or Terry Jack 720-201-7344.

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