Assemble, a community space for arts and technology, is excited to announce its second annual MakerDate fundraising event. On Saturday, May 18 at 6119 Penn Ave in East Liberty, Assemble will host an action packed evening highlighted by the MakerDate auction. The event pairs local artists with skill seekers of all ages to further Assemble’s mission of building community through active learning.
Since its inception in 2011, Assemble has been host to a wide variety of learning and creative experiences in Pittsburgh. It is the organization’s belief that curiosity breeds creativity, and intrigue is best satisfied through hands-on activities. In true form, the MakerDate event takes the concept of date auctioning and re-dresses it with a purpose, pairing skilled creators with those that want to learn something new. Attendees will have the unique chance to bid on dates with artists, craft makers, designers, innovators and skill-owners who will work with the winning bidders to make a piece of art, a personalized piece of technology, or teach a new skill. The dates will take place after the event at a time and place determined by the maker and winning bidder.
The event will feature 15 Makers for the live auction and will also include items donated by a number of local artisans, creators, and businesses for a raffle. 2012’s inaugural event attracted more than 100 attendees and raised over $4,000 to fund educational programs and events at Assemble. This year’s event promises to be bigger and bolder, raising funds for Assembles community focused initiatives.