/ Modified feb 24, 2014 5:32 p.m.

'Maker Movement' Growing in Tucson, Communities Globally

More local residents getting into making stuff; 2 organizations participate in first-ever event promoting such craft.


Just as there is a growing number of people who try to consume local foods, there are also a lot more people paying closer attention to the objects they use on a daily basis - from where they come from to who made them.

Rather than going to a store, and buying something imported from another country, more people are building things themselves, and are also attempting to use recycled products in the process.

In Tucson, there are a couple of organizations helping artisans, builders, crafters, inventors and others by providing the space and tools they may need to accomplish their tasks.

The Maker House is one of them, and it opened its doors October 2013 at a historic building in downtown Tucson.

Then, there is also the Xerocraft Hackerspace, which set up a shop downtown last year, since expanding from its humble beginnings in 2011.

Both organizations are taking part in the community's first-ever "Maketopolis", which is being held on Saturday, March 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at both locations.

The event is free and open to the public.

Watch more on "Maketopolis."

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