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Fresno Ideaworks

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Computer Science, Education, Engineering & Technology, Technology

Mission: Our goal is to nurture ideas and provide assistance in equipment, knowledge, and skill sets to help incubate ideas, both fanciful and practical, as learning projects and as business incubators. We provide infrastructure and collaboration opportunities for people interested in programming, hardware hacking, physics, chemistry, mathematics, photography, security, robotics, all kinds of art, and, of course, technology.

Results: 1000+ individuals have taken classes or attended our free workshops to learn new skills!

Target demographics: Individuals and businesses learn stills to develop their ideas to reality

Direct beneficiaries per year: 250+ individuals learn new skills in wood, electronics, machining, and welding. 1000+ maker event attendees

Geographic areas served: Fresno County

Programs: Open workshops and classes on electronics, woodworking, metal machining, welding, programming, 3D printing, bike and moped repair and modification, ceramics and various arts and crafts. We also organize and participate in several maker events yearly.

Community Stories

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Stottwood W.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a part of Ideaworks for over three years now, and continue to be amazed at the things that are accomplished through this organization. It is a haven for creativity and artistic expression that is made available to all level of society. Their work with education and providing vocational skill sets to our youth is an amazing asset to our community.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Love this place. I've revived my woodworking and metalworking skilz, built odd little useful things, started to learn about welding and wood lathe turning, and I'm looking forward to reviving my electronics and blacksmithing skills. Wouldn't mind building another guitar sometime, either and, of course, starting to create complex things under computer control. "Whether you want to make a sweater, or a robot," as they say, you'll find the place and the equipment to do it, and a bunch of people who thrive on making cool stuff. Your only limit is your imagination...but even better, your imagination will expand in directions you never expected.

Leonard6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great place with helpful and knowledgeable people.

Robb H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Fresno idea works is an amazing place to get to build your dream projects they have everything you need to build your project

johnfidelr

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Fresno IdeaWorks has enriched my life so much. Because of them and their services I can now spin fiber into yarn with confidence thanks to their Wooly Wednesday meet-up. This free program has given me knowledge that would cost a great deal if I had gone anywhere else, bought videos, or even books. Plus it gives me a chance to get out off the house and around good people with similar interests every Wednesday night.

I am now starting to branch out to their other nights like 3D Thursday. The volunteers that spend their time giving free instruction to help people use their equipment and equipment members have at home is a huge benefit to the community.

I would recommend anyone to come to this maker-space. :)

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

A great place to have your idea for a project come to reality. There are lots of knowledgeable members who are eager and able to help someone learn a craft or improve the skills you already have.

2 Jeramya B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It's like the happiest place on earth for DIYers, crafty and artistic people and makers of all levels. You can build anything here and let your car back in the garage

1 Chris243

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A great shop, filled with great people. There is always something going on here, something to jump into and explore. Fresno if VERY lucky to have this place!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization that inspires people to make themselves better by creating with their hands. Great sense of community and my favorite thing their members are the smartest people I have ever met.

2 Chris242

Client Served

Rating: 5

A truly magical blend of talent, drive, skills, and tools. There is nobody who cant find something cool here.

1 Andrew108

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Ideaworks is the 2nd best part of Fresno, with its members being 1st! You can learn so much from the classes they offer, events they host, and talking to people about the projects they bring into the shop. They'll even be offering blacksmithing soon!

1 Melody16

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My life has literally changed because of this place. I've met the most amazing people, with the biggest hearts! If you can think it, you can do make it, here at Ideaworks!

1 Jared J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was introduced to Ideaworks at a farmers market outreach event put on my melody boates and Claire! I can't say enough about how awesome this place is.

1 Nick75

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

After months of asking me to join and run the ceramics department with me brushing it off i finally decided to join. I wish i had joined sooner. THis place has been amazing for me and to me and amazing to be apart of. Everyone is super helpful and doesnt shy away from being active and supportive of the general cause. Makers helping makers! One of the best parts of my life so far. I love the fresno ideaworks

1 DMM1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Awesomeness oozes from this place! But, Ideaworks is not just a place... but a community of people sharing their knowledge, and inspiring others.