Indigenous Makers Residency

This residency has been designed to elevate indigenous voices and impacts on tech and maker culture by facilitating access to the Ace Makerspace tools, resources, and networks.

Make things that help your community

Mask making for with the Oakland Community PPE program or use textiles tools to prototype and design new gear.

Turn your art into the business that supports you

Combine your art with technology

Access 100's of tools

Over 12 programs with tools and space to create in a wide range

Leather and lasers

These patches started as sketches and veg-tanned leather

Rapid prototyping

Use rapid prototyping tools and processes to ramp up your process

laser cut wood surface tablet case front
Red leather bracelet with etched Oakland skyline

Rapid prototyping

Use rapid prototyping tools and processes to ramp up your process

Maker in Residence receive:

  • Ace Makerspace Membership – 1 year
  • Certification Class Scholarships
  • Materials stipend ($200 – $500)
  • Possible transportation/tech resources – ride-share Grants, Metro service, Chromebook, etc. (Would be recipients to keep)
  • Peer support and maker mentorship


  • Use the space and resources to execute your concept
  • Create 1 piece that lives in the space permanently


Applications open November 9 – January 31, 2021

Applications currently closed.

Contact [email protected] with questions and for support in creating your application.

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Application Process:

Participants will be announced on January 5th, 2020!

This residency is open to indigenous makers residing in the Bay Area* including:

  • Established Makers / Artists / Craftspeople – including established small biz folks
  • Youth Artists and Makers (18+)
  • Emerging Artist and Makers

We have an open and creative application process for the 2020-2021 Indigenous Makers Residency. Your application can take many forms and should express:

  • What you will make during your one-year residency and how you will use Ace Makerspace to execute your concept
  • What type of piece you envision making for the space
  • Any additional funding or resources you may need outside the residency

Applications can be traditional or non-traditional including:

  • An essay of intention (with sketches if applicable) with links to your portfolio
  • An appointment with an ace panel to do a live presentation of your concept
  • A video submission
  • Or any combination of the three above

If you would find coaching helpful for preparing your application we can provide Zoom office hours with an Ace Maker.

*Relocation funds are not available at this time.

Who is an indigenous maker?

We are not here to vet people’s ethnic or racial identities. We expect applicants to be indigenous people and makers or future makers. Folks should be able to express what that identity means to them, how it informs their work, and their connection to their indigenous communities. 

Whatever form that takes in the application process is good for us.

If you are not an indigenous person don’t apply for this residency. Please see the other options for membership.