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Cloud901 is a free and safe space for teens (ages 13-18) to brainstorm, create, present and showcase art through high-tech digital skills learned through projects, workshops, individual and co-learning, and mentors.

Cloud901, designed with teens in mind, offers creative spaces that are flexible to enjoy planned and unplanned activities that can change as the needs change. This space for teens is one of a kind in Memphis, exclusive for teens (except for staff, mentors, trainers).

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Cloud901 Spaces include:

Sound/Mixing Lab– a recording studio, with isolation and edit booths

Video Production Lab– a film-making and editing area, with a green screen and cameras

Makerspace (with support by FedEx) – a hi-tech, creative, hands-on space with 3D printers, vinyl cutters, electronics, tools and more

Technology Gallery (sponsored by Friends of the Library & Lichterman Lowenberg Foundation) – a display area for digital and art projects

Performance Stage – an elevated stage for music, spoken word, entrepreneurial pitches and other performances and presentations

The Gaming Zone (sponsored by the Memphis Grizzlies) – a flexible video gaming space with emphasis on design and creation

The Art Studio (sponsored by the Children’s Foundation of Memphis) – a hands on creative art space for painting, screen printing, drawing, etc.

Lounge – an open seating area with large screen for premiers, screenings, etc.

Hi-Tech Treehouse (sponsored by Ellen Klyce & Briggs Klyce) – a graphic design area, with specialty printers

The Collaborative Zone (sponsored by GP Memphis Cellulose) – an organic space with writable walls for project planning

Homework Central (sponsored by The Canale Foundation) – a study area with tutors available

Brainstorming Zone  (sponsored by AutoZone) – a free space with seating, books, materials and supplies

Dream Catcher (sponsored by Orion Federal Credit Union) – a reclining area designed to inspire creativity

Dream Store (sponsored by Honey Scheidt and Lawson Arney) – a “genius bar” to check in with librarians, sign up for workshops, connect with mentors

Info Desk (sponsored by Ron and Jan Coleman) – a check in space to register for workshops, sign out equipment, access materials

Play Cafe  (sponsored by Dot Neale and Doug Ferris) – a space to fuel up, where food and drinks are permitted

Gadget Garage (sponsored by the Society for Information Management or SIM) – a secure equipment storage with charging stations

 

Cloud901 Activities include:

  • Coding and game design
  • Filmmaking and editing
  • 3D printing and cutting
  • Robotics design and creation
  • Music recording and editing
  • Entrepreneurial programs
  • Graphic design
  • Creative writing
  • Maker workshops
  • Painting and drawing

 

There are some Memphis teens, due to transportation issues, who may not ever get to come to 3030 Poplar Avenue, where Cloud901 resides. A remote Cloud901 pop-up, that will travel to offer teens all around Memphis some of what Cloud901 has to offer, has been created and will travel soon, thanks to The Community Foundation for a Greater Memphis’ Give 365 award and support by Friends of the Library.

To learn more about ways you or your organization can contribute, such as mentoring, providing workshops, holding project contests, etc. – please contact Janae Pitts-Murdock, Teen Services Coordinator for the Memphis Public Library and Information Center, at janae.pitts-murdock@memphistn.gov or 901-415-2834.

 

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