A collaboration between GoggleWorks Center for the Arts + Penn State Berks
GoggleWorks Center for the Arts has long served as a downtown Reading mecca for creative exploration, hands-on learning, and access to the arts in countless forms. From hands-on classes in ceramics to drawing to painting to printmaking, and a number of workshops in metalsmithing, woodworking, and glassblowing, there is no shortage of opportunities to channel your inner creative amongst top-notch instructors and passionate patrons of the arts!
GoggleWorks is also home to Berks Ballet Theatre, countless artist studios, galleries, and office space, as well as the Boscov Film Theater + Belly: Kitchen + Drinkery. Newest to this roster is Penn State Berks’ LaunchBox – a collaboration between Penn State Berks and Penn State Health St. Joseph to engage the community by creating a culture of innovation to help grow the economy and improve quality of life in the Greater Reading region, specifically with a focus downtown.
By providing a public makerspace + workshop area in a central, accessible downtown location, the Berks Launchbox provides a hub to connect local entrepreneurs with the support, resources, and facilities needed to build out their ideas from concept to a sustainable plan for growth!
Many of the programs offered at Berks LaunchBox are low or NO charge to attendees, further removing the cost-barriers that often inhibit entrepreneurs to take their ideas to the next step. The Launchbox also has open hours Monday-Thursday for walk-in access, literally leaving the door wide open for the public to drop-in and learn more about the program or tinker with some of the tools in the makerspace. (for example, the 3D printers on-site!)