Welcome to our community of Artists, Makers, Builders and Entrepreneurs!
Here is a short list of things to know to make for a fulfilling experience:
Full members have almost 24/7 access to the space (5am to 2am).
To take a class, please view Classes on our website
Please take time to review and understand the Membership Agreement, shop rules, EFT and Privacy policies.
Start thinking of the classes and workshops you would like to sign up for; if you do not see a class on our list – please let us know! We are always adding new classes and workshops
If you have skills you would like to share with other members, please let our Staff know so we can add your name to our Teaching and Classes list. Instructors get paid for classes (shared revenue).
Remember to check our website frequently, as we add new classes, special events and expand. As part of your membership you are also automatically added to our weekly email updates, please check your spam folder in case you do not receive this.
Know, understand, and follow all MAC Makerspace Safety Guidelines.
Know, understand, and follow all MAC Makerspace Rules.
Know, understand, and follow all MAC Makerspace etiquette.
Observe and adhere to all policies.
Do your part to keep the MAC Makerspace clean and organized.
Be a respectful and positive member of the MAC Makerspace community.
MAC Makerspace Safety Guidelines:
MAC Makerspace Members are responsible for looking after themselves, other members of the community and the shop itself. Please do your part to keep yourself and your fellow members safe. Clean up after yourself and return all tools to where they belong. A clean and well-organized space is a safe and enjoyable space.
Use appropriate safety gear in restricted areas and during dangerous operations: safety glasses, ear protection, welding hoods, gloves, dust masks, etc.
Always wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes. Steel-toe safety shoes are preferable.
MAC Makerspace recommends wearing clothing made of natural fibers. Synthetic fabric blends can melt when exposed to heat.
Do not wear loose clothing near machines with rotating parts. Tie back long hair, remove dangling jewelry, remove loose scarves, jewelry, and personal accessories.
Be mindful of where your ID badge is. If using a lanyard, position badge a safe distance away from the operation.
Appropriate eye protection must be worn at all times in designated areas. Sunglasses and prescription eye glasses are not adequate or effective eye protection. Eye protection must be impact and shatter resistant and have side guards. (Safety glasses are available and can be found near all work spaces that require them.)
Never leave a machine unattended while it is powered up.
Never distract or talk to anyone during a machining operation.
Never use a machine you are not qualified or competent to use. (Passing a Safety and Basic Use Class at MAC Makerspace is a necessary but not entirely sufficient requirement for safe machine use. Seek additional information and assistance when needed.)
Never operate machines under the influence of any intoxicating substance. This includes prescription drugs with side effects that could impair your judgment.
Be realistic about what you DO and DO NOT know. Don’t make assumptions about machines, setups or work holding. Consult class handouts, textbooks, and MAC Makerspace staff before performing and operation of equipment for the first time. Check machines for safety before you begin any operation. DO NOT assume the previous user left the machine in a safe state.
DO NOT attempt to use a machine in a manner inconsistent with its design or intended use. It is your responsibility to ensure the workspace, tools, machines and equipment will accommodate your project.
DO NOT tamper with or remove equipment guards. Report any safety equipment issues to staff.
MAC Makerspace Etiquette:
MAC Makerspace expects and encourages you to respect staff, instructors and your fellow members. We do not permit and will not tolerate any inappropriate conduct. The following space etiquette suggestions are meant to ensure a positive experience for all:
Please be polite to MAC Makerspace staff, fellow members, students, and guests.
DO NOT use abusive, insulting or demeaning language or profanities in any manner or make comments that are harassing or discriminatory.
Please DO NOT touch other member’s work without their permission.
Respect other member’s privacy. If you wish to keep what you are working on private, or not ready to details be aware the space is open and accessible by other members.
Clean up after yourself thoroughly. Please leave equipment, tooling and workstations cleaner than you found them and ready for the next member and/or guest.
Please DO NOT hover around tools and equipment. No member should attempt to monopolize any available equipment or tools.
Please ask permission before giving unsolicited advice. If another member solicits your help or advice, please do your best to help or direct them towards any member of the MAC Makerspace staff better suited to assist.
Members are not obligated to and should NOT open any doors for anyone at any hour of the day/night (ie locked doors after hours). Please allow MAC Makerspace staff to decide whom to permit into the space.
Photography and video are allowed for personal and community use. If taking video or a picture of another members work, ask permission before taking their picture or videoing them and their projects. Always warn people before using a flash.
Please use your judgement when entering into any member-to-member transaction or agreement. You enter into such agreements at your own risk. MAC Makerspace does not provide any insurance or protection of any kind for such interactions.
MAC Makerspace operates a creative workshop space at 513 and 515 Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs, CO 80829 (‘space’). MAC Makerspace is itself owned and operated by the 501(c)3, Manitou Art Center (hereafter referred to as ‘MAC Makerspace’, ‘us’ or ‘we’). We run classes from the space and offer memberships for use of the space, including equipment and machinery. This document sets out the terms and conditions that apply to anyone accessing the space. You understand that by becoming a member of MAC Makerspace;
using the Space (‘Space’ being the space and MAC Makerspace facilities, workshop, studios, labs, shops, equipment or machinery); or
participating in Classes (‘Classes’ being any classes, events, programs or workshops in the space or otherwise held by MAC Makerspace),
you agree to these terms and conditions.
I understand and acknowledge that there are risks of personal injury, death, and property damage while participating in activities and events and using the facility offered by MAC Makerspace. Some risks are inherent in the use of power and hand tools, other risks are inherent in making and fixing things generally still other risks may arise from conditions, situations, or activities, or activities of which I am presently unaware. All use of tools have some risk of injury, particularly when used incorrectly and unsafely.
In consideration of MAC Makerspace allowing me to enter and/or utilize its facilities, I hereby release, discharge, waive, disclaim, any result of my participation in any project, my use of MAC Makerspace tools or equipment, or any activities incidental to such use; this shall apply even if MAC Makerspace is negligent or otherwise at fault. I also agree to defend and indemnify MAC Makerspace and hold it harmless for any personal injury, death or property damage arising from my conduct, even if MAC Makerspace is also negligent or otherwise at fault.
I understand that the effect of my signing this document that I (1) assume all risk of injury, wrongful death, or property damage I might suffer while participating in a class or otherwise using the facilities of MAC Makerspace, even if it comes as a result of negligence or other fault of MAC Makerspace, (2) absolve and release MAC Makerspace from the consequences of their negligence and/or other fault, (3) I will indemnify and hold harmless MAC Makerspace against any legal actions or other claims for damages. (4) I further agree to the use of the aforementioned individuals images and any images/videos of class project or works in progress on the premises for program promotion and publicity. I understand that I am forfeiting important legal rights and incurring important legal responsibilities.
I understand that certain skills and safety procedures are required in order to reduce the dangers involved in project work. I agree to wear eye protection at all times when in the work areas and to use such other safety equipment as may be required by the type of work I am performing. I understand and agree that should emergency services become necessary, the expenses are my sole responsibility and not that of MAC Makerspace. I agree that the terms of this document bind me, my heirs, assigns, executors and administrators, and protect MAC Makerspace, their agents, employees, instructors, independent contractors, Board Members, members, customers, and directors.
MAC Makerspace is not responsible for any damage, loss or theft incurred to personal property and/or equipment that you bring into the Space, or generate/create in any area of the Space.
I understand that if a key, key card or key code is issued to me to access the space, I will not share this with any other person knowingly. Should this key or key card become lost, misplaced or stolen I will notify a member of the management team immediately.
I understand that should I be, become or reasonably should be aware of something unsafe occurring in or around the facility it is my responsibility to notify management. MAC Makerspace is not responsible for other members negligence, acts of God, Nature, the Supernatural or Ninjas.
THERE ARE RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH THE USE OF THE SPACE AND PARTICULARLY USE OF EQUIPMENT AND MACHINERY. THIS INCLUDES RISK OF PHYSICAL HARM OR PERSONAL INJURY INCLUDING PERMANENT DISABILITY AND/OR DEATH. ANY SUCH INJURY CAN RESULT NOT ONLY FROM YOUR ACTIONS BUT FROM THE ACTION, OMISSION OR NEGLIGENCE OF OTHERS.
You must not use the Space, including any equipment or machinery, or attend Classes if you are under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs. and must not bring alcohol or illegal drugs into the Space under any circumstances. A breach of this requirement will result in your removal from the Space and may result in cancellation of your membership.
Alcohol may only be consumed in the Space as part of an event held or approved in writing by us.
You must complete all required courses, training, inductions or other approvals before using equipment or machinery made available in the Space and comply with all relevant user requirements.
You must use appropriate protective equipment when using the Space and attending Classes, including when using equipment or machinery. This may include appropriate footwear, clothing, gloves, goggles or hearing protection, among other things.
You understand that all storage of personal property, either brought in from outside or created at the Space or in Classes, is your exclusive responsibility, and that said storage is subject to approval by us at our absolute discretion.
You acknowledge that we retain the right to revoke membership and admission to the Space at any time at our absolute discretion and with no refund.
All terms of membership and specific class information form part of these terms and conditions.
By using the Space or attending Classes, you consent to MAC Makerspace having full and unrestricted publishing and use rights over any photographs (digital or print) taken in the Space by us or on our behalf in which your image or any of your materials or art, either brought in or created/generated in the Space, appears. You hereby release, discharge, and agree to hold us harmless from any liability by virtue of any blurring, distortion, alteration, optical illusion, or use in composite form whether intentional or otherwise, that may occur or be produced in the taking of said picture or in any subsequent processing thereof, as well as any publication thereof, including without limitation any claims for libel or invasion of privacy.
The MAC Makerspace workshop space, studios and facilities (Space) is available for anyone to use simply by becoming a member of MAC Makerspace.
There are multiple membership options available (including but not limited to):
** Individual & Family Membership
** Drop-in Guest: Daily fee
** Company Memberships: paid for by company
Fees and charges:
Please see the website for prices on all membership options.
Membership Fees are automatically renewed at the indicated time based on the membership package selected. You can cancel at any time.
Annual Fees: if you pay upfront for the yearly (12 months) membership you will receive a lower rate total. This is non-refundable. You will be invoiced prior to the 12 month period ending for the next year’s arrangements.
Student discounts: Student discounts apply for students with valid student identification. Membership also entitles you to discounted rates on MAC Makerspace Classes, as detailed in your specific membership package.
General Facility Use by Members
Members are entitled to the use of shared workspaces, equipment and machinery in the Space during operating hours for the first month of membership, pending safety approval by management. Subsequent months, the Member will be issued a key so that they may access the facility between the hours of 5am to 2am.
Specialized Equipment (like the laser cutter) may need to be booked in advance to ensure availability.
Cancellations must be processed online with 24 hours minimum notice. (email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, 719-685-1861)
Cancellations received with less than 24 hours notice will incur a $15 cancellation fee for Members
No-call, no-shows for bookings will also incur a $15 dollar fee for Members. After 3 no-call, no-shows for bookings, you will be blocked from reserving equipment for 4 weeks.
Arriving more that 15 minutes late to a booking may forfeit your booking at our absolute discretion.
All Members must comply with these guidelines, facility use requirements, terms and conditions and any other policies, procedures or guidelines in place from time to time. These requirements are in place to ensure fair and safe access to the Space for all Members.
Failure to abide by these requirements may result in termination of membership by staff. It may also, or in the alternative, result in the Member being held responsible for replacement cost and labor cost of any damaged MAC Makerspace property.
In order to access the Space, all Members must first complete a membership orientation session.
All Members must agree to and electronically sign the terms and conditions of use, including the liability waiver.
Use of the Space is taken to be agreement to the terms and conditions of use and acceptance of the liability waiver.
Specific training is required for use of certain equipment and machinery. Members will not be entitled to book or use such equipment and machinery until the training is completed.
Members must check in (digitally or through staff resource/front desk) on arrival. Anyone not complying will be asked to leave. If you are unsure – return to the front desk immediately.
All users of the Space are responsible for their own safety. MAC Makerspace will not be held liable or responsible for any injury sustained by using the Space. Please refer to the terms and conditions.
All areas of the Space must be kept orderly and neat.
If you are using Space equipment of any sort, they must be operated with proper care.
All work spaces, equipment and machinery are provided on an as-is basis. MAC Makerspace does not warrant or guarantee the state of any shared, complimentary equipment provided.
All equipment, machinery and work spaces you use must be returned to the very same state they were found in, or better. MAC Makerspace will use reasonable endeavors to maintain equipment and machinery in working order. If at any time you notice any equipment or machinery is not functioning properly, please advise a staff member. All material deliveries must be accepted by the person that ordered those materials unless prior arrangements are made with MAC Makerspace.
Reclaimed wood is only to be used in the Space after it has been made free of metal using a metal detector. If a Member fails to remove all metal from wood, and the metal damages any MAC Makerspace blades or machines, the Member will be liable for all costs (replacement and labour) associated with fixing the blade or machine.
Under no circumstances can a Member store any items in the Space without receiving prior consent from us. Any areas surrounding the MAC Makerspace premises (including front, side and rear entrances) is expressly off limits for storage of work, including temporary storage.
All materials and projects in the Space must be clearly and legibly labelled with all of the following: full name, phone number and move date. All non or partially labelled projects/materials will be removed from the premises immediately.
MAC Makerspace is not responsible for any damage to projects or material stored or used in the Space.
Members may bring guests/assistants. The assistant pass is ONLY to be used by someone who: * has read and signed the terms and conditions, including the liability waiver; and
is in the Space to help you (for example a spare pair of hands to hold a big sheet of timber). An assistant cannot use tools, equipment, machinery or work spaces in addition to the Member.
Using the Space during Classes
Access to the Space during Classes is at the discretion of the class instructor.
Any equipment used for Classes must be left clean and available for exclusive use of instructors and students beginning 30 minutes prior to the start of class. A full class schedule can be obtained from the front desk or on the website.
Please be considerate and refrain from excessively noisy work (planing, jointing, grinding) during the first hour of any Class or when Preschool is in session in the room to the rear of the woodshop. Classes will receive priority on all tools and equipment in the Space.
If you are on a deadline with a project, please speak with the Class instructor. We want you to finish your project and have the class be a success.
If you have any problems or questions, please notify MAC Makerspace staff immediately.
The MAC Makerspace Membership is currently limited to patrons over 18 years of age. To be approved for membership you must provide one (1) piece of official state or government issued photo identification, such as a driver’s license, Proof of Age or a passport to confirm identity and age. By signing up for membership you agree that you are at least 18 years of age, and agree to provide any necessary identification to MAC Makerspace upon request.
Registration and scheduling
Classes are scheduled monthly and new classes are added regularly. Please check our website or drop by MAC Makerspace for up to date course information.
Comprehensive course descriptions can be found online, and it is recommended that you read through them fully prior to registering. There may be prerequisites for enrolling in some classes.
Registration for classes is required in advance via our website. For enquiries please call or email firstname.lastname@example.org with “Class Enrollment” as your email subject.
Instructors, class times, and class dates are subject to change.
To register for a class, students must pay in full at the time of enrollment. We only accept payments through our online booking system. To sign up after the registration deadline, please call to ensure enrollment is still open.
Unless specified otherwise on a specific class online, children over the age of 7 may attend classes provided a parent or guardian aged 18 years or older is with them throughout the duration, as a participating, paying student in the class. If a class is specifically listed as a Children's class, a parent or guardian is not required to attend but must sign the waiver/terms and conditions on their behalf.
Withdrawals & Transfers
In the event you need to withdraw from a class in which you are enrolled, you may do so any time before the registration deadline of the class, and will receive a 75% refund of class cost plus any equipment or material fees. Class enrollment is non-transferable: requesting to transfer to another section of the same class is considered a withdrawal. Withdrawals on or after the class registration deadline are not refundable and course fees are not transferable.
To withdraw from a course please email email@example.com.
A credit of your enrollment fee may be issued for medically excused emergencies (with documentation) or family bereavement. Other than this, there will be no exceptions. Please notify us as soon as possible to allow time for consideration. If you have arranged someone to transfer your class enrollment to, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss.
Material & Equipment Fees
Classes that make use of tools or supplies will generally require a material or equipment fee. This pays for in-class consumable items (clay, glaze, drill bits, gas, paint, screens) and the upkeep of tools and equipment used for that specific class (pottery wheels, kiln, saw sharpening, tool repair, welding tips, software updates). In some circumstances, students may also be required to purchase certain supplies on their own. This will be clearly indicated in the full online course description.
Missed Classes & Lateness
Missing the first day of a course may be grounds for withdrawal without refund. Please email email@example.com if you know you are going to miss the first day of a course. We cannot offer complimentary makeup sessions outside class time or in concurrent or future course sections. Instructors are not obligated to catch students up during scheduled class time for missed sessions or excessive lateness.
If We Cancel or Reschedule a Class
Most classes offered by us must have a minimum of 4 students registered in order for the class to commence. In the event a course does not receive sufficient enrollment, it may be cancelled. Students will be notified at least 24 hours prior to the start of the class.
In the event of a cancellation, students will be refunded within 10 business days. If we reschedule a class to another date, students are entitled to attend the rescheduled classes or a full refund at their option.
We reserve the right to change instructors without prior notification, and to change class location and meeting times by up to an hour with 24 hours prior notice.
Class Complaints & Compliments
At the conclusion of every class, students will receive a feedback form. We depend upon your feedback to help us improve our course offerings. If you have any issue with a class you are currently enrolled in, please either raise your issue with the instructor at the end of the class meeting or email firstname.lastname@example.org. It is our general experience that most issues can be satisfactorily addressed before the course concludes. Complaint resolution may involve contacting the instructor and other students. All emailed comments will remain confidential upon request.
If you have any questions, please give us a call or send an email to email@example.com
By joining as a member of MAC Makerspace it is understood that you have read and understand the above agreement, and agree to abide by the Terms and Conditions outlined.