Nashville’s urban manufacturing and “maker” economy reaches far beyond music. Emerging creative pursuits coupled with 21st-century entrepreneurship are reinventing industrial buildings, energizing districts, and driving an urban manufacturing sector in the city. With an understanding of the importance of equitable access and jobs, urban manufacturing is producing goods reflecting the city’s creative class, including fashion, videography, design, the culinary arts, and, yes, music-related manufacturing. Stops on this tour will represent this diversity in Nashville’s maker economy. Among others, participants will view experimental art produced at Oz Arts, see vinyl record pressing at North America’s largest press, and learn about the philosophy driving Able in its pursuit of using fashion and jewelry manufacturing to reduce the generational poverty that is often a consequence of typical maker industry practices. Come see what happens when Nashville’s urban makers, creative class, and manufacturing intersect with real estate and the built environment to realize inventiveness, originality, and commerce.
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