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Art and Science Forge Together to Launch Community Partnership 

Sharing--resources, space, skill-sets, knowledge, equipment--that's what a hackerspace does by definition. 10BitWorks Hackerspace, a nonprofit located at 1020 Roosevelt, is reaching out at the grassroots level by partnering with other nonprofits, artists, software programmers, techies and DIY enthusiasts. "In founding 10BitWorks with Mike Perez and Jeremy Zunker, we envisioned becoming a part of the greater community," said co-founder Chris Hardee.

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10BitWorks' open house last week served to announce a partnership with Mary Elizabeth Cantu's Spare Parts--a nonprofit which facilitates the reuse of 'rescued trash' in art classrooms and other art projects. "We were really able to showcase the growing bridge between the maker community and the art community here in San Antonio. I think Mary's organization and partnership with 10BitWorks, is the perfect catalyst for that," said Hardee.

Cantu added, "Partnering with 10BitWorks Hackerspace is invaluable, giving Spare Parts unique opportunities to grow. We gain from their expertise in computer science and technology (STEM to STEAM) plus we received outreach from folks from the adjacent neighborhood including the Mission Road Collaborative. Both groups gain from each other's resources and networks."

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Greg Bluntzer, software/computer game designer, explained his enthusiasm for being involved with 10BitWorks. "Members share tools and ideas. We keep adding classes such as woodworking and welding," Bluntzer said. "We designed t-shirts programmed with LEDs and a small control and wore them to Luminaria last year as a roving exhibit. That was fun."

10BitWorks Hackerspace shows great potential for community collaboration among what Cantu described as "a diverse group of San Antonians passionate about education and community building." If you are interested in being a part of the interesting and innovative group, check out 10BitsWorks website. Memberships start at $10 a month, $50 for full access. There are DIY tools for rent, and volunteers are always welcome. Open House is every Saturday at noon.

Pictures: Hackerspace Open House, Cantu with Wanda, a reuse artist and volunteer for Spare Parts,

San Antonio activist and nonprofit veteran Laura Carter believes in enabling the community to work from the heart, not just the wallet. Laura is currently Communications Director at Providence Catholic School where her job includes working with traditional, creative, and social media public relations and marketing.







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