Truckee Roundhouse is a community-created, community-run, community-benefiting non-profit makerspace located at the Truckee-Tahoe Airport. In our 4,800-square-foot renovated storage hanger, we offer five fully functioning shops -- Wood, Metal, Textiles, Ceramics, and Technology with high-quality tools, including cutting-edge CNC machines such as a Laser Cutter, Plasma Cutter, and 3D printers. We are almost entirely volunteer-run, with 45 volunteers who staff the front desk, maintain tools and machinery, orient members, and together give 7,630 hours annually.
Since our opening in December 2016, we have been bringing the community together, making a positive impact on education, youth development, and the arts.
There are four ways for the public to engage with us:
1) as independent users with monthly or annual memberships, working in a collaborative environment;
2) in group classes and workshops that teach tool usage and inspire creativity via special projects;
3) through our Education and Community Enrichment Program with school and nonprofit partners,
4) at our inclusive, FREE, public outreach making events.
WHO WE SERVE
The Truckee Roundhouse serves the North Lake Tahoe area with creative and arts programming. We exist for EVERY member of our community and work to include individuals and groups from all sectors in our outreach.
We have more than 290 members, ranging in age from 12 to 75. These may be retiree guitar makers or furniture builders, entrepreneurs using the space to develop prototypes, families doing group projects, or artists making gallery pieces; there is no limit to the type of users the space attracts
YOUR GIFT SUPPORTS:
Education and Community Enrichment Programs
We provide high-quality tools and instruction so youth and community groups can immediately begin to learn and create projects in a safe and engaging environment. Professionals and experienced users mentor the students, who celebrate the joy of making something with their own hands as they learn project design and teamwork. The making process helps develop problem-solving skills, self-esteem, and resilience. As they exercise creativity to build custom projects, they also apply principles of math and science to real-life situations.
Our partnerships reveal how closely we are tied to our community and the diversity of who we serve: North Tahoe Boys and Girls Club, Sierra College, Creekside Charter School, Tahoe Expeditionary Academy (TEA), Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, CHOICES Adult Services, Arts in Wellness, AIM High, Sierra Continuation High School (Sources of Strength Program), Sierra Expeditionary Learning Academy (SELS), Sierra Watershed Education Partnership (SWEP), Keep Truckee Green (Town of Truckee initiative), Forest Charter School (Program in Human-Centered Design), Sierra Business Council, Slow Food Tahoe, Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation, Tahoe Public Arts Commission, and Tahoe Arts Alliance.
We offer need-based scholarships and subsidized memberships. As a nonprofit, we must raise the funds to offer scholarships or discounted rates because our costs are real, and your donations helps us do this.
Affordable Membership Rates
We strive to be an inclusive, accessible resource for all members of our community. We understand the cost of living is high in our area and seek private and grant funding to keep our monthly membership rates affordable for all.
The Roundhouse is a non-profit makerspace that supports the teaching, learning, and practicing of a wide variety of crafts, skills, technologies, and arts in the Truckee-Tahoe community.
We achieve this by providing accessible resources -- tools and teachers and programs -- in a collaborative environment. We are a community-run, community-benefiting organization that is enriching lives with professional and recreational education programs for adults and youth.