Who We Are
MAKETANK Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation based in Ohio. Our mission is to help people of all ages find confidence in their creativity, to facilitate skill-sharing, to build community through innovative programming, and enhance understanding of science, technology, engineering, art and math. The leadership of MAKETANK consists of Kate Currie (sculptor, former Oxford city councilwoman), Rod Northcutt (sculptor and assistant professor of sculpture at Miami University), Dr. Alysia Fischer (artist, former Oxford city councilwoman, and lecturer for American and World Studies), Tim Cameron (professor and chair of the department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at Miami University), and Christina Miller (metalsmith/jeweler and director of Ethical Metalsmiths). We are artists, craftspeople, academics, and social and environmental activists, but we are also all makers. Our name comes from this--we are a think-tank of makers.
Originally MAKETANK’s sole project (since 2011) was the administration of the Oxford Kinetics Festival (OKF), a day each April dedicated to celebrating and exploring art, science, innovation, and creativity in Oxford. We have since expanded into year round programming by developing the MAKETANK Educational Initiatives - STEAM into Action and Access to Innovation. Through these, we build and manage collaborations between Miami University faculty and students, regional professionals, and the teachers and students of regional school districts, as well as clients of regional social service agencies. This programming supports our mission of community building, skill sharing, and confidence building, and is still tied to the festival--the OKF showcases the results of the collaborations iin the form of performance, exhibition, or competition. The funding for our projects comes from grants, awards, and donations. Some funding is provided by the partners we involve, such as the Talawanda - Miami Partnership, the Oxford Community Foundation, Oxford Community Arts Center, and the Oxford Visitors Bureau. Additional funds come from local, state and national organizations like Artswave, Ohio Arts Council, and National Endowment for the Arts.