about us

Make Space for All.


Make Space for All.

Baltimore is America’s original maker city. From America’s first railroad to the world’s largest steel mill, we’ve built everything from locomotives to Liberty ships. But manufacturing has changed, and the factories that once fueled our city are gone. Open Works was founded in 2016 to rebuild Baltimore’s manufacturing economy from the grassroots up — one maker at a time! Now one of America’s largest nonprofit makerspaces, we support 118 jobs and work with over 1,000 young people a year through educational programs. We are here to support you wherever you are on your maker journey — learning new skills, launching new businesses, or building new relationships in Baltimore’s largest creative community.

I think what Open Works gets right & understands very naturally is that it takes a village to raise a visionary.

— Allison Brown, entrepreneur and Open Works Member

Our Staff

Our Board

Neil Didriksen, Chairman
Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, COO

Terrell Williams, Director
Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development (B.U.I.L.D.), Community Organizer

Tanya Terrell, Director
South Baltimore Learning Center, Executive Director

Mac MacLure, Director
Baltimore Arts Realty Corporation (BARCO), Interim President and CEO

Jeff Fuchs, Director
NeoVista Consulting

Pam Gray, Director
SB and Company Public Accountants, Partner

Stephanie Chin, Director
Maryland Institute College of Art, Entrepreneurship Evangelist

Dr. Ron Williams, Director
Coppin State University College of Business, Professor and Dean Emeritus 

Charlotte Phillips, Director
Wilmington Trust, Director of Private Banking, Administrative Vice President

Our Funders

2019: Abell Foundation; Anonymous; Baltimore Development Corporation; Baltimore Summer Funding Collaborative Blaustein Philanthropic Group; C.L. McCoy Framing; David and Patrice Cromwell; Maryland Department of Commerce; France-Merrick Foundation; Goldseker Foundation; Hackerman Foundation; Herbert Bearman Foundation; Innovation Works; Jim and Mimi Piper Fund; Linda Hutchinson; Maryland Department of Commerce; Paul Rucker; Robert W. Deustch Foundation; Southway Builders; Stanley Black and Decker; Wells Fargo Foundation; 2018: Abell Foundation; Annie E. Casey Foundation; Baltimore City Foundation; Baltimore Development Corporation; Best Buy; Blaustein Philanthropic Group; Bunting Family Foundation; Harry and Jeannette Weinberg Foundation; Jim and Mimi Piper Fund; Maryland Department of Commerce; PNC Bank Foundation; Robert W. Deutsch Foundation; Rouse Family Foundation; Stanley Black and Decker; Vernon Wright Family Foundation; Whiting Turner; 2017: Abell Foundation; Baltimore Development Corporation; Baltimore Arts Realty Corporation; Etsy: JHU Neighborhood Initiative; Kauffman Foundation; Lockhart Vaughn Foundation; M&T Bank Foundation; Mayor’s Office OST; Youth Fund; PNC Bank Foundation; Robert W. Deutsch Foundation; T. Rowe Price Foundation; TEDCO; Wells Fargo

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Member Businesses & Organizations

White & Red Works
Custom wood furniture and accessories

Saw and Spoon

Custom woodwork focusing in food related implements

Groundbird Gear
Tailored backpacking gear for dogs

Sienna’s Sick Boutique
Post mastectomy drain pocket belts for breast cancer survivors made out of ethically up-cycled vintage fabric, handmade by a fellow survivor

Michael Owen Art
Murals, paintings, fine art, prints, collaboration

Chase Street Accessories & Engraving
Awards, personalized gifts, engraving/etching, custom apparel, and Baltimore souvenirs

Baltimore into Space Project

Experimental bespoke shoes, altars to new gods, and sundries

Peter Ghali

EV Conversions and electronics

Sarah Jennings Design
Graphic & web design & development, digital prototyping

HardWood Kitchen Things
Custom furniture and commercial restaurant items, contract CNC services

Positive Images Products

Functional afrocentric art – mirrors, earring holders, decorative boxes, magnets and jewelry

Light Artist

Woman is Key
Custom wood sculpture

Kyle Miller Arts and Fabrication
Sculpture, furniture, custom metal fabrication

Zapp Shield, LLC
We manufacture radiation shields for patients during radiology examinations

Garon Studio
Metal fabrication – welding, bending, cutting (sculpture and installations)

Debonair Material
Apparel design, freelance graphic design

annual report

A Year in Review

Open Works is a 501(c)3 nonprofit with a mission dedicated to educational and economic development in Baltimore City. Check out our Guidestar profile to see our annual report and financial filings.

Make it Happen at Open Works

Looking for something else? Open Works has all the tools and resources you need to bring an idea to life, learn a new skill, find a space for your new business and so much more.

Contact Us

1400 Greenmount Ave,
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 862-0424

Hours of Operation

M-F 9am to 9pm
S-Su 9am to 5pm