A creative makers space for educators. The CenterSpace is an organized and efficient work space dedicated to expanding the making experience.

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Your Learning and Making Center

 

The CenterSpace is our hub for linking educators with new technologies used in the classroom. We have created an inquiry-based and connected learning environment that inspire creative problem-solving and making. We are open five days a week for all educators that need a place to work on classroom projects, meet with other teachers or join one of our many workshops. Our MakerSpace is regularly updated with new equipment and supplies to keep up with technology.

The CenterSpace is open to all educators that need a place to work on classroom projects or just try a new piece of equipment or software.

Workshops

 

We offer a variety of culturally and socially relevant professional development workshops based on Common Core State Standards. For most workshops, you can receive CPDUs/Work Hours in Math, Science, English and Language Arts. 

The CenterSpace is a creative space! Join us for our regularly scheduled art workshops. We have created a culturally-relevant workshop series that educators at any artistic level can enjoy. 

Equipment | Resources

We currently have Mac and PC computers, cold laminator, 

digital letter press libraries, poster maker, color printer, wide-format printer, vinyl cutters, mug maker, 3D printer and laser cutter. We have all the resources you need to conceptualize, design and create the project of your choice.

Partners

The CenterSpace partners with outside educational groups to bring a richer experience to the CenterSpace. Whether you want to work with an emerging artist, register for a workshop on a contemporary topic, or update a skill, we partner with many of the leading educational groups in Chicago. 

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Equipment 

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HP Wide-Format Printer

Poster Maker  

Mac and PC computers Color Printer  

          

T-Shirt Maker 

Face Mask Maker 

Mug Maker 

Cameo Vinyl Cutters

Digital Die Cut Library

Sizzix Die Cut Machines

Cold Laminator

Electric Button Maker Coming Soon

3D Printers Coming Soon

Laser Cutter Coming Soon

Hours

CenterSpace Hours

Monday - Thursday

10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Friday

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Open to the Public

By appointment only. 

 

Health & Safety

Due to NEIU's COVID guidelines, please make an appointment to meet our social distancing and disinfecting measures.

Mask required

Guest, students, faculty and staff must wear a face mask or face covering when visiting University locations and in public spaces including outdoor spaces if social distancing cannot be maintained. 

New Location

Northeastern Illinois University

El Centro Campus

3390 N. Avondale Ave.

Chicago, IL 60618

(Enter building on Kimball Ave)

CenterSpace Room 202

Parking 

Free Parking

Limited free street parking is available on

Avondale Ave. and Henderson St.

Passport Parking App

Paid Parking Available through the 

Passport App

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On-Demand Workshops
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"Calaca" Frida Inspired Tote Bag


 

Participants will create a “Calaca” Frida Inspired Day of the Dead tote bag. After using the heat press machine to press the “Calaca” Frida image, participants will use fabric markers to customize their bag.

 

This project will be completed in one session.

All materials will be provided.

 

One 12"x12" tote bag per participant

 

Presented by:

J. Manuel López, CCAS Graphic Designer

$10.00 per person

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"El Corazón" Shadow Box


 

Inspired by the Mexican Loteria and Day of the Dead, participants will create a one of a kind Shadow Box. Customize your shadow box by bringing your own pictures, flowers or figurines.

 

This project will be completed in one session.

All materials will be provided.

 

One 9" x 11" shadow box per participant

 

Presented by:

J. Manuel López, CCAS Graphic Designer

 

$15.00 per person

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Day of the Dead: Owl Cup/Pencil Holder

Participants will decorate the ceramic Day of the Dead sugar skull owl mug using acrylic paint or paint markers. This collectible mug is finished with a clear glaze of mod podge. 

 

This project will be completed in one session.

All materials will be provided.

 

One 6" ceramic mug per participant

Presented by:

J. Manuel López, CCAS Graphic Designer

 

$10.00 per person

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"Vida" Tote Bag

 

Participants will create a “Vida” tote bag. After using the heat press machine to press the “Vida” image, participants will use fabric markers to customize their bag.

 

This project will be completed in one session.

All materials will be provided.

 

One 12" x 12" tote bag per participant

Presented by:

J. Manuel López, CCAS Graphic Designer

 

$10.00 per person

Contact Us

For more information please contact: 

Juan Manuel López

CenterSpace Manager

 j-lopez6@neiu.edu

(312) 563-7208

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