Livonia's Makacademy is Fostering Development for People of All Ages
Conesuslake.com had the pleasure of speaking to Mike Cinquino about his new business, which opened in January, Makacademy. They are located at 23 Main Street in Livonia. Makacademy (pronounced Make Academy) provides hi-tech equipment for people to use on their own or with training. According to their website, the goal is to provide a space for people of all ages to make or create anything and everything with people and infrastructure to foster that development. Mike refered to it as a "Makers Space", allowing people to learn trades.
Mike has an engineering degree and has been in the education field for several years. He worked at FLCC and helped to develop a similar program there. When I asked Mike what made him want to start this business, he said, "Technology has changed and I wanted to introduce those new technologies to people." He also stated that bringing back trades and getting people more involved in working trades was important to him. When asked why he chose Livonia to open his business, he said, "I lived here and wanted to work with people in the community. We work with several community programs and members can work on projects for the community and contribute." Mike also built the CNC equipment used at Makacademy.
Currently Makacademy offers several classes including Water Color Techniques, Introduction to the Stock Market, Sip and Paint, computer training and several art centered kids classes. They also offer use and training on several machines, such as 3D printers, an industrial sewing machine, electronics, a laser engraver and vinyl cutters. They also have an adult and kids wood shop, a metal shop, a machine shop and a welding shop. Beginning in April they will be offering a fun experience for kids to celebrate their birthdays, featuring t-shirt making, robotic arm building or painting classes.
Prices vary depending on the class you are taking, but memberships are offered. For use of the upstairs which is kid friendly and includes electronics, sewing and computer work, the cost is $20 for an adult and $30 for a family. For use of the downstairs, which includes all of the shops, cost is $40 per adult. A $50 family membership will allow you to use the upstairs and downstairs facilities.
Currently Makacademy is open weekends, Wednesday and Thursday days and 2-3 nights a week. Members can access the building at anytime.
Mike is passionate about his business and how he can help people to develop their skills or learn new ones. For more information please visit: www.makacademy.net. Why not schedule a tour today!