In the spring of 2014, Lee Hall Perine decided to launch her next big venture, Makers Lab. Makers Lab is an event design firm that builds and creates spaces that celebrate life, art and queer culture. They produce everything from workshops to dance parties to film screenings.
Impact Hub DC: What do you do at Makers Lab?
Lee: I’m the Founder/Chief Experience Officer/Energy Conductor at Makers Lab. Our mission is to build and support queer communities by creating spaces that celebrate life, art and queer culture. I do a lot of things including event conception and logistics, marketing, promoting, website design and buttonmaking.
Impact Hub DC: What’s a favorite quote?
Lee: “Life is very short and what we have to do must be done in the now.” – Audre Lorde
Impact Hub DC: What drives you to do the work you do?
Lee: As long as I can remember, I have been bringing people together. It is important to me that my community have safe, accessible spaces that are outside of the club/bar scene (although I can throw a mean dance party). I’m committed to curating events designed by, for, and about queer communities of color in Washington, DC.
I’m really excited that this month we are curating District of Queer. DOQ is a month of events, experiences and happenings that celebrate Capital Trans Pride and DC Black Pride. Learn more at makerslabdc.co
Impact Hub DC: What do you love most about Impact Hub DC?
Lee: I love so many things about Impact Hub DC. It’s felt like home since day one. Some of the Lab’s best memories have occurred at the Hub including the Audre Lorde Birthday Celebration – which folks still talk about. Having access to an open, beautiful and accessible space has been an integral part of the Lab’s success.
Being an entrepreneur can be a lonely experience and I knew I needed a place to “be” as I built this business. I also knew I wanted to build the lab around like minded individuals. I looked at other co-working spaces but didn’t connect with them. A friend introduced me to Impact Hub DC and I am so glad she did. I love being a member. The staff is supportive and inspiring, I have made and continue to make great connections and am collaborating with several Impact members on projects. I appreciate the opportunity to be part of such a dynamic community of activists, creatives and change makers.
Impact Hub DC: What’s your superpower?
Lee: I like to think I can fly but when I’m not up in the sky, my other superpower is helping create awesome events and experiences. Experiences are about more than logistics and tasks. I’m good at helping folks figure out the why not just the who, what, when and where.