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Craft Alliance will move 2 miles east to 'maker district' on Delmar Boulevard

Craft Alliance will move 2 miles east to 'maker district' on Delmar Boulevard

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Craft Alliance, which has made its home on the Delmar Loop in University City since 1969, will move 2 miles east to a renovated building this fall.

The move from 6640 Delmar Boulevard to 5080 Delmar in St. Louis means it will be closer to Third Degree Glass Factory and the MADE St. Louis maker space and the Magic House at MADE. The move will create more of a “maker district” on that stretch of Delmar.

“There’s plenty of opportunity for new collaborations,” said Mark Witzling, executive director of the Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design. “There’s excitement for bringing all sorts of makers and individuals and creative companies to interact.”

The new space, which will be 14,000 square feet, will be on one level inside the building most recently occupied by Gunter Electronics. The existing location on Delmar is 8,000 square feet.

Craft Alliance’s location in Grand Center closed in December. The consolidation of spaces and the fact that the new space will be on one level instead of two means the artists and educators will have an easier time interacting, said Witzling.

The center also will be able to enroll more students, host larger shows in its exhibition space, and have a bigger shop and studio spaces.

Craft Alliance is expected to stay open during the transition.

“We’re an educational resource for the community, and this just gives us a chance to do so much more,” Witzling said.

Mademan Design, which recently did the architectural work to expand Third Degree, will do design and architectural work for Craft Alliance.

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