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Meet Jennie Fleming! She is a local artist and cultural activist. She is working on a campaign to bring attention to historical buildings in the Augusta area and hoping to impact the growth of the downtown scene.

1: How did you come to be a member of

I am a curious person, so during a First Friday I wandered down to the (when it was on Broad Street) to check out a Hackathon. I talked to Grace for awhile, and I was excited and intrigued by the place but not sure how I fit into the concept. After several more encounters, and volunteering for TEDxAugusta, I realized the  is an encouraging environment for anyone who wants to continue to learn, make new things, and pursue new ventures.

2: Describe the moment you decided what you wanted to do when you grew up?

My parents have an overwhelming amount of evidence that I wanted to be an artist or be involved in the arts in some capacity from my toddling years. The desire was always there from the first crayon and piece of paper. As to how that desire manifested itself, I pursued simultaneous career paths in teaching and museum work while maintaining a studio practice.

3: What do you do in your current work?

I am currently working on a book project, “I Will Love You Augusta,” which is an exploration of how we connect and thrive in places we inhabit, as well as various social art projects that investigate communities and promote civic hacktivism. I am also starting up a new art venture, The Oasis Mobile Art Project, a cultural project that promotes artistic excellence and innovation while building relationships and effecting positive change within a community. I collaborate with individuals or groups on projects that provide experiences with art outside conventional parameters- art experiences that explore local histories or contemporary stories and respect multiple points of view.

4: What is an expertise you have that you would like to share with others?

I like being a generalist, or a Renaissance Woman to turn the phrase a bit. I buck the trend to specialize, which I am not sure is necessarily a good thing in this world. I like to know a little bit of as much as I can- enough to complete projects I am pursuing, or how to find the resources I need to gain the necessary skills or to find the people who know more than I do to help me get the job done.

5: What are you tinkering with at the moment?

So many things! I am working on a number of personal art projects, developing projects for The Oasis Mobile Art Project, all while learning new skills-how to start up an arts venture, photography, website design, app design, desktop publishing, and video production.

6: What are you interested in learning?

See all of the things above. I am a big proponent of lifelong learning. If I had my way, my last hours would be spent learning something new. I got a mandolin recently because I really want to learn to play it, but there are not enough hours in the day. If only I didn’t need to sleep.

7: What is your favorite sci-fi movie?

Hmm. I’m not very good at the favorite question. It changes over time and with my mood. Lately, I’ve been watching documentaries on Netflix or TED talks when I have repetitive handwork to do. I am cautiously optimistic about the new Star Wars movies, but in television, I am a fan of the Doctor Who reboot and I hope the new X-Files episodes don’t disappoint.

8: If you have not lived all of your life in Augusta, where else have you lived?

I spent the first eighteen years of my life in Rapid City, South Dakota. From there I moved to Des Moines, Minneapolis, Baltimore, Richmond, and now here. Augusta is not my final stop and I don’t know where life will take me next, but I have learned to immerse myself in my surroundings and be open to the experiences each new place has to offer.

9: If you could see one thing happen in Augusta in the next 5 – 10 years, what would it be?

I hear contradictory opinions about Augusta-how things never change, and, conversely, that there is great potential. I prefer to work towards the potential, and so I would like to see a tide of positivity and innovation overtake the negativity and stagnation.

10: Core Values are: Risk Boldly, Honor Your Commitments, Be Worthy of Trust, Give More Than You Take, and Share Solutions. Which core value do you best exemplify and why?

I would like to embrace all of them. As I am starting a new venture I need to risk boldly, and I highly value giving more than you take. In order to be successful at any new venture you need to be worthy of trust and if you don’t honor your commitments you won’t get very far. As a forever educator, I am more likely to share solutions for the greater good than horde them for my own personal gain.

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Located in a historic 1802 Schoolhouse, our space is divided into two wings. One for learning and prototyping, and one for coworking and business incubation. Our membership comes from a wide variety of backgrounds that all consider themselves some measure of hacker, maker, and doer. I am an architect. We have entrepreneurs, business people, teachers, engineers, designers, artists, and Jacks and Jill’s of all trades, and of course many software and hardware developers.

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