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Latimore: SparkMacon and the Macon League of Creative Interventionists creating fresher, more vibrant Middle Georgia

There are two new organizations that have created several ways for the average person to get involved with Macon’s artistic and do-it-yourself projects.

There seems to be a rise of the millennials taking place in our community. While we have to give props to groups that have been around forever, there is plenty of room for fresh ideas and leaders of the new school in this town.

Many times, we hinder our communities by following traditional methods of planning and organizing, while our town begins to develop and unfold with a different appeal. We must recognize that the development of so many loft spaces and restaurants equates to a younger and more diverse crowd of people flossing through the streets of downtown.

Quite a few college graduates and young professionals are staking their claims and investing in Macon.

One of the most interesting groups making moves in our town is SparkMacon. All over the world, there’s a DIY rebirth going on. With access to technology, many of us can create our own ideas, products or services.

SparkMacon is a one-stop makers space, located at 557 Cherry St., equipped with high-end tools to help you develop almost any project you may have in mind. Some of the equipment in the space includes gizmos that you can use to cut and shape metal and wood, all kinds of electronic devices and meeting space to explore the maker in you with scheduled programs like Open Make Nights and Civic Hacking: Why Does it Matter?

You can find out more about this group by visiting the website at www.sparkmacon.com.

Next, I’ll zoom in on the Macon League of Creative Interventionists. If you ever wonder who’s responsible for the paintings and haiku that are posted on abandoned buildings around town -- in addition to lemonade stands set up in the most unexpected places -- there’s no need to wonder any longer.

The responsible party for these actions is the Macon League of Creative Interventionists, which is a branch of a global initiative founded by Hunter Franks. Their main goal is to interact with the community to come up with creative ways to express concerns from natives and visitors.

In the end, the Macon League of Creative Interventionists seeks to create dialogue that will collectively unite all types of people in Middle Georgia.

Each month, the Macon League of Creative Interventionists comes up with a theme to execute through some type of innovative arbitration. August’s theme is “active,” and it’s no coincidence that the group meets the first Monday of every month at SparkMacon. Other league chapters are in cities such as Akron, Ohio; Detroit; Minneapolis; Philadelphia and San Francisco. Overseas league chapter cities include Bristol, England, and Cologne, Germany.

Feel free to attend the group’s monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Aug. 3. To learn more about this organization, visit www.creativeinter ventionists.com.

Take a little time to help support and carry out the missions of SparkMacon and the Macon League of Creative Interventionists. These two organizations need your input to make more of an impact on Macon.

Yolanda “Y-O” Latimore is founder of Poetic Peace Arts and director of Like Water Publicity, a media and booking agency. She is also a Macon Arts Alliance board member. Contact her at ylatimore@gmail.com.