Saint Paul Public Library celebrates transformed Innovation Lab, a free creative space for artists and makers

The Saint Paul Public Library (SPPL) invites community members to celebrate the ribbon-cutting of the transformed Innovation Lab on Wednesday, June 15 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at George Latimer Central Library. The event includes: 

  • Music by Elementos, folk with a Latin twist artists who use the Innovation Lab 
  • Suminagashi: Japanese paper marbling 
  • Make your own zine, mini-magazines made with recycled materials 
  • Laser engraver and 3-D printer demonstrations 
  • Origami 

The Innovation Lab is a free creative and maker space for artists, small business owners, and novice or experienced hobbyists. The newly updated space includes new equipment such as a recording studio pod, upgraded 3-D printer, new video and DSLR camera, flexible furniture, and more. The upgrade also includes new public art by local artist, Miko Simmons. 

The public art and renovation of Innovation Lab space and equipment is made possible by a generous grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, with public event support from the Minnesota Arts and Culture Heritage Fund. 

WHAT: Innovation Lab Celebration and ribbon-cutting, music by Elementos, craft and maker activities, public art by local artist Miko Simmons 

WHO: The event is free and open to the public and is hosted by Saint Paul Public Library. The program includes remarks from Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter; Library Director Catherine Penkert; The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library; Anas Mohamed, artist and Innovation Lab member. 

WHEN: Wednesday, June 15, 5:30-7:30 p.m., short program at 5:45 p.m. 

WHERE: Innovation Lab at George Latimer Central Library, 3rd floor, 90 W. 4th St., St. Paul, MN 55102 

VISUALS: Newly transformed space, public art, people making art on equipment, musicians

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