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 safe 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’s already there. Tapping into existing networks of power we bring together grassroots change makers, artists, technologists, and strangers to create and collaborate.

Media. At Space-Made we experiment in community storytelling, with a focus on youth marginalized and misrepresented by mainstream media. We invest narratives that move the audience without simplifying the truth.

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! [+] [-]

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. She is a project manager at Space-Made.

Hannah Assebe is a young art director whose diverse portfolio of work captures her 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.

Cameron Russell has worked as model for the last decade for clients like Prada, Calvin Klein, Vogue and Elle. Her unique background allows her to bring alternative content and culture to the mainstream. She has produced video content on topics ranging from climate change to race to gender equity (like a short for 350.org that garnered over 800,000 views in week one), static web content (like a girls & body-image photo series with over 100,000 shares), and a TEDx talk on the power of image viewed over 5.5 million times. She wrote an honors thesis for Columbia University’s political science department about grassroots public art and political power and is convinced that grassroots artists and media makers are powerful agents of political and economic change. She founded Space-Made to build the space and capacity needed for grassroots creators to speak and work as experts and problem-solvers, work only they can do.

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.

Press [+]

The Gloss 1/6/14 "Interrupt Mag is particularly awesome, as it’s community based: The mag’s audience helps to decide what issues will be about, the editor-in-chief changes each issue, and it’s always open to submissions." Read more: http://bit.ly/1jnliTl

ABC News Channel 7 8/9/13 “A new print and online magazine for everyday people.” Watch the interview here: http://goo.gl/jenXNB

Paper Mag 7/29/13 "#Selfies as high-art?" Read more: http://bit.ly/1f6hxhX

CNN 7/26/13 "Critical voices from women and people of color are missing from many important conversations. Sometimes you just need to interrupt!"Read more: http://cnn.it/LFzCsc

Bedford & Bowery 7/24/13 "A selfie studio is popping up on The Bowery"  Read more: http://bit.ly/1fZMFTh

Hint Mag 7/19/13 "The first printed issue of Interrupt, which launched online in March, takes existing tabloid spreads and remixes them to portray real girls who love their bodies just the way they are." Read more: http://bit.ly/1hLswxw

The Huffington Post 7/11/13 “[Interrupt is] a platform for people to share what they have to say…a participatory media project based on an open letter.” Read more: http://huff.to/1av0mX4

The New York Times 7/10/2013  “Interrupt, a new webzine that seeks to give a platform to women who feel marginalized by mainstream media.” Read more: http://nyti.ms/153xkaf

Huffington Post Live 4/4/2012 Watch Cameron & Lori speak to Marc Lamont Hill on HuffPo Live about Interrupt, Sneakers, Beauty, and the power of fashion. Watch: http://huff.lv/12pa7Cg

Blouin ArtInfo 4/3/2013 “[The Interrupt] shoot… parodies the constructed glamour of high-fashion photo shoots, underscoring how physical appearance dictates cultural visibility.” Read more: http://bit.ly/11madI6

The Huffington Post 4/2/2013 Lori Lobenstine & Cameron Russell discuss the Leading Ladies shoot for Interrupt on the Huffington Post. Read what they had to say and watch the promo for Interrupt’s “Put me on TV?” issue here: http://huff.to/104hQl9

Awesome Without Borders 4/1/2013 We won an awesome foundation grant!  Awesome Without Borders supports awesome initiatives which solve a problem, cultivate community, and spread joy.  If you want to apply for a grant or learn more about AWB visit: http://bit.ly/12FbQm7. Read more: http://bit.ly/YW67lL

Jezebel 4/1/2013 “[Interrupt] focuses on publishing original work by women who are marginalized by the mainstream media. “We can’t just pay attention to women who look fantastic in a photograph, because there are a lot of people that have fantastic thing to say that don’t look like 25-year-old, white models,” Russell, herself a 25-year-old white model, explains to ABC. Read More: http://bit.ly/128BrAQ

ABC NEWS 03/28/2013 ”Victoria Secret model transforms female activists into glamazons to feature their work. Watch: http://abcn.ws/XLbwvM

We are located in Downtown Brooklyn. You can reach us at hello@space-made.com.