Live Auction Makers

Chad Elish: Create a custom laser cut map of your neighborhood

Cheryl Capezzuti: Design a puppet

Elaine Healy: Create a one-of-a-kind fashion design

Jayla Patton: Learn about drawing and watercolor painting

Katie Ott: Learn about non-functional feminist furniture

Mario Quinn Lyles: Learn about music production, dance, and visual art at Level Up.

Matt Verlinich: Learn about the science of cocktails and clear ice at Protohaven

Michael Skirpan: Learn about digital electronics

Nicholas Volpe: Build an end table

Oreen Cohen: Weld a metal sculpture

Paul Bierker: Design jewelry

Paula Levin: Make a ceramic planter with me at the Union Project

Robert Zacharias: Learn about Arduinos

Silent Auction Makers

Abigail Bedall: Make recycled robots at the Millvale Community Library

Ann Rosenthal: Mixed-media collage workshop or a printmaking workshop

Brian Miller: Create a poured ceramic figurine

Daniel Baxter: Kreepy Dolls workshop

General Sisters: Kimchi making party

Juliane Gorman:  Create a felted vessel using Merino wool

Kelly Malone: Workshops in sewing, fiber arts, woodworking, art & printmaking, leatherworking and more

Lauren Braun: Create artwork using xerox transfers, collage, and drawing or painting materials.

Lori Hepner: Learn about LED light painting 

Dr. Lori Paluti: Drone flying workshop

Madeline Gannon: A consulting / technical support for you or your organization

Mark Barlow: Build Tesla coils

Mark Ramdarass: Learn about fine art hand-pulled silk screen paintings and prints

Nick and Ana Mancini Hartner: Learn how to make that famous Mancini’s bread

MakerDate 2018

MakerDate 2018 Presented by Calgon Carbon

Friday, September 14 from 6-10PM

at Ace Hotel Pittsburgh (120 S Whitfield St, Pittsburgh, PA 15206)

Assemble, a community space for arts and technology non-profit in the Garfield neighborhood, is excited to announce the sixth annual MakerDate, a maker-focused fundraising event that puts a creative spin on a date auction. This one-of-a-kind event will happen at Ace Hotel Pittsburgh on Friday, September 14 from 6 to 10pm.

“It’s like a playdate but a MakerDate for grown-ups!” – Nina Barbuto, Assemble’s Director. 

Guests bid to win time with an array of 30 local experts from welders, computer programmers, designers, and more. The evening consists of a very lively “live auction” as well as a silent auction of dates that range from 3-4 hr experiences in artists’ studios and other creative spaces. The dates will take place after the event at a time and place determined by the maker and winning bidder. 

Take a chance at the raffle with donated museum passes, gift certificates to restaurants, discounts to spas, and maker kits. Assemble’s MakerDate auction furthers Assemble’s mission by connecting people, building confidence through making, and raises funds to support all their educational programing in their space at 4824 Penn Ave. 

Since 2011, Assemble provides a wide variety of learning and creative experiences – from hyper-local art shows to youth coding parties. Our programs focus on a holistic view of science, technology, engineering, art, and math or STEAM by putting the learning in the hands of the learner. Assemble’s mission is to build confidence through making. 

MakerDate will feature music by Jacquea Mae, dancing with DJ Mary Mack, and food and drinks by the Ace Hotel. Dave Manseuto will be MakerDate’s MC, for the fourth year! Assemble’s Director, Nina Barbuto, encourages everyone to “Meet makers of our community, make new friends, and learn new things while you are supporting Assemble!”

This exciting event is made possible through the generous support of our presenting sponsor, Calgon Carbon, and many more incredible organizations across Pittsburgh. 

About Assemble
Assemble, a non-profit founded in 2011, envisions diverse neighborhoods of empowered people who create, connect, learn, and transform together. We build confidence through making by uniting communities of artists, technologists, makers, and learners. We provide educational programs based in a holistic view of science, technology, engineering, art, and math.

About Ace Hotel Pittsburgh

Ace Hotel Pittsburgh makes its home in a century-old former YMCA building at the heart of East Liberty. We’re surrounded by a community that, through grassroots support, has helped to create a place both by the neighborhood and for the neighborhood. We’re a short jaunt from some of the best restaurants in the city, museums and braintrusts, an active art and idea scene with shops, galleries and cafes filled with folks pushing and pulling culture, advocating at the edges of Pittsburgh’s future, helping one another grow through the deep roots of one of America’s most hope-springing cities.


6-7PM: Meet makers, enjoy live music by Jacquea Mae, and demonstrations by the live and silent auction makers.  All the tables will have a different hands-on building activities. Bid on an experience at the silent auction table, and check out the awesome gift baskets at the raffle table.

7-9:30PM: Live maker auction, music, and hands-on activities at the various tables. 

DJ: Mary Mack

MC: Dave Mansueto

Food will be provided throughout the evening at a buffet-style table. Vegetarian and gluten-free options available. Each ticket comes with 2 drink tickets. 

Free childcare provided by

Flexable provides on-site childcare services at workplaces and events, such as company gatherings and networking events. Our fully trained and carefully vetted staff brings kits filled with age-appropriate toys, games, crafts and more to ensure a safe, high quality, fun experience for kids aged up to 12 years old.


General Admission: With this ticket, you will receive 2 drink tickets, appetizers, and a wearable circuit activity.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor:

Maker Sponsors:

Crafter Sponsors:

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Ambiance and Lighting Sponsor: