Welcome to the Makerhood: Equity, Urban Manufacturing, and Nashville’s Vibrant Maker Economy

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Tour 10 Tours
Separate Ticket Required

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.

Things to Know

  • $125 per person.
  • Tour departs from the Music City Center. There will be a check-in table and sign indicating the meeting location for your tour group. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to departure.
  • Lunch included.
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.