The Valley Fab Lab began when (3) entities combined their resources to bring a makerspace to the community: Whole Life Services, The Shenango Valley Chamber of Commerce and the City of Sharon. The Pennsylvania Council for the Arts provided funds through the Creative Communities grant and Laurel Technical Institute provided a space in their facility to house the Fab Lab and began initial management of the Fab Lab. The Gannon University Small Business Development Center is now administrator for The Valley Fab Lab working closely with Whole Life Services to move forward with this journey to serve entrepreneurs and creatives.
The mission of the Valley Fab Lab is to support local artisans and entrepreneurs in an inclusive, creative, and collaborative space.
The Valley Fab Lab envisions:
Diverse educational programming
Exploration of the intersection between art and technology
Opportunities for makers to share ideas
Makerspace classes for projects that are open to the community
A jumpstart for microenterprises
Support for citizens that are economically disadvantaged
A place where artists, hobbyists, and makers can simply enjoy the creative process