Our mission at Space-Made is to build the capacity needed for grassroots creators to speak and work as experts and problem solvers, work only they can do.
How do we do it?
Organizing. We believe in organizing creators, not constituents. Over home-cooked meals, games of uno, in mock genius bar computer labs, and on twitter we create spaces that engage a diversity of creators, thinkers, and problem solvers. We incubate their work and bring together creators and investors who want to make effective and impactful change.
Spacemaking. Why spacemaking not placemaking? We know places already exist! The challenge is making space to illuminate, amplify, and grow the creative power that is already there. Tapping into existing networks of power we bring together grassroots change makers, artists, technologists, and strangers to create and collaborate. These projects support economic diversity especially though fostering connections and growing networks across geographically and culturally diverse people.
Media. At Space-Made we experiment in community storytelling, often with a focus on youth marginalized and misrepresented by mainstream media. We believe expanding access to media is expanding access to power & privilege.
Research. Our areas of study include collaborative networks, street art, cell phones, handcuffs, and jump rope. We are fascinated by creative uses for abundant resources. We want to find and grow replicable projects. We do not judge methods, we evaluate impact.
MEET OUR TEAM!
Hannah Assebe's diverse portfolio captures her masterful ability to manage an inclusive design process. A graduate of the School of Visual Art in New York City, she works closely with creators and content contributors to develop their work and teaches design techniques and tools to a growing group of new media makers who pass through our studio.
Allison Bland studied American Studies at Wellesley College and graduated in 2009. She’s worked with informal media and technology youth programs at the Museum of Science Boston, the South End Technology Center, and Google Cambridge. Recently, she worked on a social psychology research intervention at Princeton University that measured social networks and influence in middle schools using principles of co-design. Past projects have included creole scrabble, subtwitter, and an audiobook project that was a runner up at the 2010 SXSW interactive adobe web awards.
Cameron Russell has worked as model for the last decade for clients like Prada, Calvin Klein, Vogue and Elle. Her unusual background allows her to bring alternative content and culture to the mainstream. She has produced video content on topics ranging from race and gender equity to climate change (a viral PSA for 350.org garnered over 800,000 views in its first week), static web content (like a girls & body-image photo series with over 100,000 shares), and she gave a TEDx talk on the power of image viewed over 5.6 million times last year. Her honors thesis for Columbia University’s political science department was about grassroots public art and political power. Cameron is convinced that grassroots artists and media makers are powerful agents of progress.
Nicole Whelan obtained her undergraduate degree from NYU in Political Science and J.D. from UC Davis School of Law. Nicole practiced law as a public defender in Lexington, KY, before returning to NYC in 2012. Throughout her time as a student and lawyer, she recognized that the issues that faced minorities and youth could be more widely publicized and aided if technology and social media tools were made more readily available to these communities. During her time as Space-Made's Community and Social Media Manager she has grown our creator network by 50+ artists in New York, DC, and California.
Space-Made is located in Downtown Brooklyn.