Forge Greensboro is a 501c3 nonprofit community makerspace. It is a place where hands-on people can gather to work on projects while sharing ideas, equipment, tools, and knowledge. As the largest community makerspace in the south-east, members of the Forge come from a diverse variety of backgrounds. Students, entrepreneurs, artisans, trade professionals, tinkerers, and hobbyists enjoy the space, community, and resources of Forge Greensboro.
To catalyze the spirit of making to improve quality of life, economic opportunity, and community awareness in our city
To foster a creative, collaborative environment for experimentation and development in technology and art, interact with the local community through education and cultural participation, and promote and share the experience of making locally and globally.
The Forge believes that fulfilling our mission is not only our responsibility to ourselves, it is our responsibility to the community around us. Our tools are to look inwards and to reach outward. Looking into how we interact with each other, greet newcomers, and encourage ideas, questions, and feedback in our community. Reaching out to do more than invite and encourage diversity, but celebrating and highlighting why and how seeking and including diversity in our community makes it thrive.
Knowledge, understanding, success and even makership have their standard definitions but mean different things to different people. To appropriately serve the community of Greensboro, all of these different perspectives on those familiar terms need to be represented and celebrated. The Forge needs the diversity of opinions, perspectives, and ideas that are offered by different ages, races, gender identities, sexual orientations, physical ability, religions, as well as social, educational, and economic backgrounds.
In 2012, the founders of Forge Greensboro were meeting in coffee shops. They were a group of hobbyists, tinkerers, artisans, and students who wanted to work and collaborate together by merging their tools into one place and build a community makerspace. Creating an open, diverse, and affordable atmosphere was very important to them, so when they incorporated in 2013, they did so as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, capable of accepting donations and contributions. They found a space on 115 West Lewis Street, in an almost forgotten area of downtown. Because the building was once the local blacksmith, the founders coined the new makerspace “The Forge.” Almost three years later, membership grew beyond the capacity of the 3400 square foot space, and the management workload was growing for the complete volunteer-run organization. In the fall of 2016, with West Lewis Street transformed into a vibrant downtown attraction, the Board of Directors and membership agreed that Forge Greensboro needed more space and a full-time employee. That winter, the new executive director, and the members moved the entire makerspace down the street to 219 West Lewis Street. This building, once the auxiliary livery stables, increased the facility to 8,000 square feet. Visible from Eugene Street, the gateway to downtown Greensboro, Forge Greensboro’s increased space is now capable of hosting several startup entrepreneurs, college student projects, artisan activities, and educational programs.