As of July 1, 2015, the Compass Project will become a program of Engine, a non-profit arts organization in Biddeford, Maine. The Compass Project was formerly a program of Spurwink, a behavioral health agency and prior to that, had its own non-profit status. The transition was facilitated by Spurwink to find a home with a more design and maker-oriented mission. Engine’s interest in supporting and growing the young maker community dovetails with the project-based learning focus of the program.
The Compass Project’s shop will be housed at Biddeford High School and be available to Biddeford students as well as students from outside the city. Engine, as the parent organization, will be able to utilize the makerspace for other hands-on workshops as well, expanding their digital fabrication lab to include traditional tools.
ENGINE, located in the heart of Biddeford, Maine, is a non-profit arts organization. Engine’s mission is to make arts-driven programming, cultural development, and sustainable creative entrepreneurialism an explicit community value and civic priority in Biddeford. ENGINE is the home to the Maine Fablab makerspace in addition to running at contemporary gallery space at 128 Main street.