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A sign that says Welcome to the Wellbeing Makerspace

A space for creativity, connection, and recentering at Amherst

The Wellbeing Makerspace is a space where students can explore their creativity, de-stress, and engage in a variety of wellbeing activities. Located on the first floor of Keefe Campus Center, the Makerspace is an initiative of Student Affairs which opened in September 2023. 

The Makerspace is managed by Residential Engagement & Wellbeing. Students use a variety of art and craft supplies to express themselves, experiment with various mediums and projects, and use their imagination to build skills and create healthy outlets to manage stress and adversity. We strive to create a low-tech environment where students can laugh and engage with each other. 

The Wellbeing Makerspace offers:

  • Weekly wellbeing drop-in activities (see schedule of upcoming activities below)
  • Coloring materials, paints, crochet, bracelet-making, collage supplies, and other craft materials
  • Puzzles
  • Free health & wellbeing resources: menstrual products, safer sex supplies, hand and foot warmers, ear plugs, and other items
  • Passive education on a variety of wellbeing topics, created by Residential Engagement & Wellbeing, the Student Health Educators (SHEs) and the Peer Advocates for Sexual Respect (PAs), among others
  • Pop-up programs by campus partners and student groups

Hands-on creative exploration and expression are critical tools for health and wellbeing. Assembling and transforming materials allows for the body and mind to sync, encourages a shift from an outcome-oriented to a process-oriented mindset, and relaxes the nervous system. Makerspaces provide opportunities for students to collaborate and help one another learn and practice new skills.

Wellbeing Drop-In Activity Schedule

Drop-in wellbeing activities are available during regular Makerspace hours, 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday. All supplies and instructions are provided.

 March 2024

  • March 4-8: DIY Eye Masks, as part of Sleep Week
  • March 11-15: Build Your Own "Creativity To-Go" Kit for Spring Break
  • March 18-22: Spring Break Reduced Hours - Open 10am-3pm
  • March 25-29: Found Word/Collage Poems in collaboration with The Poetry Club

For questions or concerns, please contact Residential Engagement & Wellbeing at rew@amherst.edu.

To learn about other wellbeing opportunities on campus, sign up for the weekly Wellbeing Newsletter, a brief newsletter highlighting upcoming and ongoing programs and resources on campus, delivered to your email inbox every Wednesday.

Follow Amherst Health and Wellbeing and Residential Engagement & Wellbeing on Instagram for more updates: @ac_healthandwellbeing and @amherst_rew.


Scott, J. “An Oft-Neglected Way to Help Restore Students’ Mental Health.” Inside Higher Education. 2022, January 11. (https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2022/01/12/makerspaces-can-help-students-deal-covids-psychological-impacts-opinion)